Eaton, Oxfordshire

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Eaton
Eaton EightBells.JPG
The Eight Bells public house
Eaton is located in Oxfordshire
Eaton
Eaton
Eaton shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SP4403
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Abingdon
Postcode district OX13
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
Website Appleton with Eaton Parish
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire
51°43′37″N 1°21′22″W / 51.727°N 1.356°W / 51.727; -1.356Coordinates: 51°43′37″N 1°21′22″W / 51.727°N 1.356°W / 51.727; -1.356

Eaton is a hamlet about 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Oxford and about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Abingdon. Eaton is in the civil parish of Appleton-with-Eaton, which is traditionally part of Berkshire, and now in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire.

History[edit]

Eaton is on a single-track road leading to the River Thames at Bablock Hythe, where there was formerly an important vehicular ferry across the river. The village is built on land belonging to St John's College, Oxford.[citation needed]

St John's College, Oxford had the Manor House built in 1677 as a refuge from the Plague for dons.[1] It is now a farmhouse and what had been five farms have been merged into two: Manor Farm and West Farm.[1]

Amenities and public transport[edit]

Eaton has a public house, The Eight Bells,[2] which has a darts team and an Aunt Sally team. A ghost called Libby is reputed to haunt the pub.[1]

Oxfordshire County Council bus route 63 runs between Oxford and Southmoor via Eaton three times per day in each direction, every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays.[3] The current contractor operating the route is RH Buses.[3] OCC bus route 43 runs between Eaton and Abingdon once a week in each direction on Thursdays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1986 The Hamlet of Eaton". Domesday Reloaded. BBC. 
  2. ^ The Eight Bells Eaton
  3. ^ a b "Oxford - Appleton - Southmoor". Timetables. RH Buses. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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