Fifield, Oxfordshire

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This article is about Fifield in West Oxfordshire. For the similarly named village in the Vale of White Horse District, formerly in Berkshire, see Fyfield, Oxfordshire.
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St John the Baptist parish church
Fifield is located in Oxfordshire
 Fifield shown within Oxfordshire
Population 240 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP2318
Civil parish Fifield
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chipping Norton
Postcode district OX7
Dialling code 01993
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
List of places

Coordinates: 51°52′12″N 1°39′18″W / 51.870°N 1.655°W / 51.870; -1.655

Fifield is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Burford in Oxfordshire. The western boundary of the parish forms part of the county boundary with Gloucestershire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 240.[1]


In the parish nearly 1 12 miles (2.4 km) west of the village is a Neolithic long barrow dating from between 3400 and 2400 BC. It is 157 feet (48 m) long, up to 92 feet (28 m) wide and up to 6 feet (1.8 m) high. It had a stone-lined passage about 66 feet (20 m) long, starting at its northeast end and ending in a small burial chamber. The barrow was partly excavated in 1934. It is a scheduled monument.[2][3]


The toponym is probably derived from its Old English name of Fifhides.[4]

The Domesday book of 1086 records Fifield:

"Henry de Ferrers holds Fifield[5] There are five hides. Land for seven ploughs. Now in demesne 2 ploughs and 4 slaves and 9 villans with 4 bordars have 5 ploughs. There are 24 acres of meadow. Pasture one league in length and one breadth. It was and is worth 100 shillings."[6]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St John the Baptist is early 13th-century with a 14th-century tower and porch. The nave was partly rebuilt 1840. It was restored in 1897 to designs by TE Colcutt, who added the north vestry. The church is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

The tower has a ring of three bells. The second bell was cast in about 1399 by a bell-foundry that then existed in Wokingham, Berkshire. Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester cast the tenor bell in 1725. James Bagley of Chacombe, Northamptonshire cast the treble bell in 1746. For technical reasons the bells are currently unringable. St John's has also a Sanctus bell that was cast by an unknown founder about 1499.[8]

St John's parish is part of the Benefice of Shipton-under-Wychwood with Milton-under-Wychwood, Fifield and Idbury.[9]

RAF Little Rissington[edit]

Main article: RAF Little Rissington

In 1938 RAF Little Rissington was opened west of Fifield. Its periphery straddles the county boundary and includes Fifield long barrow.


Houses in Fifield

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