Gosford, Oxfordshire

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Gosford houses.jpg
Water Eaton Lane, Gosford
Gosford is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population1,323 (parish, including Water Eaton) (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP5013
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKidlington
Postcode districtOX5
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°49′05″N 1°16′16″W / 51.818°N 1.271°W / 51.818; -1.271Coordinates: 51°49′05″N 1°16′16″W / 51.818°N 1.271°W / 51.818; -1.271

Gosford is a village immediately southeast of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Gosford and Water Eaton. The 2011 Census recorded Gosford and Water Eaton's parish population as 1,323.[1]


The manor of Gosford was granted to the Knights Hospitaller in 1142, who held it until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. During the 16th century Gosford was administered with Water Eaton.

In the 17th century "Mr. Richard Washington, gent" (died 1670) maintained a school at Gosford. In 1838 a penny post station was opened in Gosford. There was a full post office by 1847 that remained until 1853.[2]

Gosford and Water Eaton civil parishes were merged in 1932. In the same year a secondary school, Kidlington Church of England Central School, was founded in Gosford.[3] It is now Gosford Hill School.


Gosford has an 18th-century pub, the King's Arms,[4] that is now a Harvester restaurant.[5]

Gosford has also a J Sainsbury supermarket with a filling station.[6]


  1. ^ "Area: Gosford and Water Eaton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  2. ^ Crossley & Elrington 1990, pp. 179–183.
  3. ^ Crossley & Elrington 1990, pp. 211–212.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Kings Arms public house and attached mounting block  (Grade II) (1045790)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  5. ^ "The King's Arms Kidlington (sic)". Mitchells & Butlers. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Kidlington (sic)". J Sainsbury. Retrieved 8 April 2015.


The King's Arms

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