Duxford, Oxfordshire

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The ford at Duxford
Duxford is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSU364996
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFaringdon
Postcode districtSN7
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°41′38″N 1°28′23″W / 51.694°N 1.473°W / 51.694; -1.473Coordinates: 51°41′38″N 1°28′23″W / 51.694°N 1.473°W / 51.694; -1.473

Duxford is a hamlet in the civil parish of Hinton Waldrist 5.5 miles (9 km) northeast of Faringdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. It is on the south bank of the Thames, across which is its eponymous ford leading to a lock island which has a footbridge to Chimney on the north bank. This is the only ford today along the river, excluding along its intermittent brook at the source village, Kemble, Gloucestershire however the ford only crosses part of the river.


Duxford's toponym has evolved from Dudochesforde in the Domesday Book of 1086 via Dukesford in the 13th century, and Duddelesford and Dodekelesford in the 14th century before reaching its present form.[1] The manor of Duxford had three taxable hides.[1] A Saxon called Alwi held it during the reign of Edward the Confessor, but by the time of the Domesday Book it had been granted to William of Normandy's half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux.[1] It seems to have been linked with the manor of Hinton Waldrist by 1301.[1] The Domesday Book recorded a fishery and a watermill at Duxford.[1] The watermill was still in existence in 1219.[1] Until the 20th century there was a ferry across the Thames here. In 1898 the Shifford Lock Cut was opened, controlling the flow of the river past Duxford.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 463–466.


  • Page, W.H.; Ditchfield, P.H., eds. (1924). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 4. Victoria County History. pp. 463–466.

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