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Heythrop is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population93 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP3527
Civil parish
  • Heythrop
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChipping Norton
Postcode districtOX7
Dialling code01608
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°57′00″N 1°29′28″W / 51.950°N 1.491°W / 51.950; -1.491Coordinates: 51°57′00″N 1°29′28″W / 51.950°N 1.491°W / 51.950; -1.491

Heythrop is a village and civil parish just over 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. The parish includes the hamlet of Dunthrop.

Heythrop had a Norman parish church of Saint Nicholas, but the nave has been demolished and only the chancel has been preserved as a mortuary chapel.[2] The chapel's west doorway was the south doorway of the former nave.[2]

In 1657 an attempt to merge the Benefices of Enstone and Heythrop was abandoned in the face of local opposition.[3] In 1923 the incumbent of Heythrop ceased to live in the parish and in 1964 it and Enstone were finally merged.[3] In 2001 the Benefice of Enstone and Heythrop merged with that of Ascott-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, and Spelsbury to form the Chase Benefice.[4]

Heythrop House in Heythrop Park was built from 1706 onwards by the architect Thomas Archer for Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury.[5] It was gutted by fire in 1831 and restored by the architect Alfred Waterhouse in 1871 for Albert Brassey.[5] It was a Jesuit college from 1922 until 1969[6] and a training college for the National Westminster Bank from 1969 until 1999.

Brassey rebuilt Heythrop as a model village in the 1870s and 1880s.[7] He encouraged the growth of the church congregation such that it outgrew its Norman building.[3] In 1880 he had a new Church of England parish church of St. Nicholas built by the Gothic Revival architect Sir Arthur Blomfield.[2] The south doorway incorporates 13th century mouldings from the demolished nave of the old church.[2] Albert Brassey had the rectory built at about the same time.[3] It remained in the Brasseys' ownership, and when the incumbent ceased to reside in the parish in 1923 it was renamed the Dower House and let as a private house.[3]

British Prime Minister Theresa May was a pupil at Heythrop Primary School.[8]


  1. ^ "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 646
  3. ^ a b c d e Crossley, 1983, pages 131-143
  4. ^ A Church Near You: Heythrop: St Nicholas, Heythrop
  5. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 647
  6. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 649
  7. ^ Rowley, 1978, page 137
  8. ^ "Screaming arrival". BBC News. 8 May 2000. Retrieved 24 February 2019.


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