Ducklington pond, church and former schoolhouse
Ducklington shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||1,581 (2011 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Ducklington Parish Council|
Ducklington is one of the earliest Saxon parishes to be recorded in Oxfordshire. In a charter of AD 958 King Edgar the Peaceful granted at Ducklington to his Minister, Eanulf. The toponym "Ducklington" may originate from "Ducel's Farm" or "the farm of the sons of Docca", but it is locally thought to have originated from the central duck pond, where many ducks and ducklings have lived for centuries. After the Norman Conquest Ducklington was held by Robert D'Oyly, a Norman nobleman who took part in William I's conquest of England. The Dyve family then held the Lordship of Ducklington throughout the 13th and 14th centuries, living there until early in the reign of Edward III.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Bartholomew is 12th century. The Gothic Revival architect E.G. Bruton restored the building in 1871. The bell tower has a ring of six bells including one cast by Henry Bagley of Chacombe in 1732.
Today, Ducklington is notably for the rare Fritillary flower (mainly of the Snake's Head variety), many of which grow in a specially designated meadow just outside the village. Before the Second World War, many fritillaries had grown on fields all over the Windrush Valley. However, the national drive for food production during the war meant that most meadows were intensively ploughed, the rivers dredged, and consequently the fritillaries were lost. Only the current fritillary field was left coincidentally unploughed. The flowers have survived with help from both locals and farmers. Once a year, the local community celebrates Fritillary Sunday when the field, church and hall are opened so that the public may walk amongst and enjoy the flowers. The celebration has been featured in Country Life magazine.
Ducklington has a Morris dancing group and Mummers performances. It also has its own Morris Dance tradition; its own style of dance that was collected around the beginning of the 19th century. The Ducklington tradition is danced by many sides throughout Britain and the United States.
The former tithe barn is now the village hall, which has been renovated in the last few years. It is used by village groups including the Parish Council and is the parish polling station in local and national elections. Ducklington has a Women's Institute.
The village football team won the Oxfordshire Junior Shield in 2008. It beat Freeland 1-0 in the final to win the trophy for the first time in its history. Ducklington Sports Club has numerous youth and adult cricket and football teams. The football section has three men's teams, the first team is currently being managed by Ashley Edwards, the Reserves are managed by Scott Newcombe and the A team are managed by Dan Bullock. They compete in the Witney and District Premier, Division 2 and 3 respectively. In the past a veterans' team has run and the club also run nine boys' teams. The cricket section has one adult teams and three youth teams. The sports club is currently trying to build a new pavilion as it has outgrown its current building.
- "Area selected: Ducklington (parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Parish Church of Saint Bartholomew
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 589.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Witney & Woodstock Branch: Witney & Woodstock Bell Towers
- Crossley & Currie 1996, pp. 140–148.
- Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels: Ducklington
- Ducklington CE Primary School
- Ducklington Pre-School
- Ducklington Morris
- District Council Grant Scheme
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
- Oxfordshire FA Results
- Ducklington Sports Club website
- Crossley, Alan; Currie, C.R.J. (eds.); Baggs, A.P.; Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Townley, Simon C. (1996). "Ducklington". A History of the County of Oxford. Victoria County History. 13: Bampton Hundred (Part One). pp. 110–150. ISBN 978-0-19722-790-9.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 588–590. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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