Kingston Bagpuize

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Kingston Bagpuize
KingstonBagpuize StJohnBaptist.JPG
St. John the Baptist parish church
Kingston Bagpuize is located in Oxfordshire
Kingston Bagpuize
Kingston Bagpuize
Kingston Bagpuize shown within Oxfordshire
Population 1,955 (parish, with Southmoor) (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU4098
Civil parish
Shire county
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 Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor
List of places
51°40′55″N 1°24′47″W / 51.682°N 1.413°W / 51.682; -1.413Coordinates: 51°40′55″N 1°24′47″W / 51.682°N 1.413°W / 51.682; -1.413

Kingston Bagpuize /ˈkɪŋstən ˈbæɡpjuːz/[2] is a village in the civil parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, about 6 miles (10 km) west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire, England until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.


The village is next to the junction of the A420 (OxfordSwindon) and A415 (AbingdonWitney) main roads. It is contiguous with Southmoor village to the west and about 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Longworth village.


The toponym Kingston Bagpuize is derived from the village's original name Kingston plus the surname of Ralph de Bachepuz, a Norman nobleman from Bacquepuis in Normandy who aided William of Normandy in the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist was designed by John Fidel of Faringdon and built in 1799–1800.[3] The building was remodelled in 1882 to the designs of Edwin Dolby.[3]

Kingston Bagpuize House seems to have been built in about 1720.[3] In the 20th century it was the home of John Buchan, 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir, the son of the novelist John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir.

In the Second World War there was a satellite airfield of RAF Abingdon east of the village. Remnants of the control tower are still visible near the cricket club. The lower part of the avenue of trees leading down from Kingston Bagpuize House were cut down during this time for aircraft safety. Evidence of this is that the trees at the east end of the avenue are shorter.[citation needed]

The ancient parish of Kingston Bagpuize was a strip parish, extending from the River Thames in the north in a thin strip to the River Ock in the south. It became a civil parish in 1866. In 1971 it was merged with the civil parish of Draycot Moor to form the parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor.[4]


Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club[5] plays in The Oxford Times Cherwell Cricket League.[6] Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor have a bowls club[7] and a Women's Institute.[8] Kingston Bagpuize has an amateur theatre group.[9]


In 2012, the movie Tortoise in Love, was filmed in the village. The film was funded entirely with crowd funding from Kingston Bagpuize and the neighbouring village of Southmoor.[10][11]


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