St. John the Baptist parish church
|Population||2,349 (parish, with Southmoor) (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Website||Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor|
Kingston Bagpuize (//) 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 2011 Census recorded the population of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor as 2,349.
The village is next to the junction of the A420 (Oxford–Swindon) and A415 (Abingdon–Witney) 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.
Kingston Bagpuize House was built around 1660, but extensively re-modelled in about 1720. 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 called RAF Kingston Bagpuize. 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.
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 Draycott Moor to form the parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor.
Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club plays in The Oxford Times Cherwell Cricket League. Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor have a bowls club and a Women's Institute. Kingston Bagpuize has an amateur theatre group.
Film and television
Kingston Bagpuize House was used as the set of Cavenham Park, the residence of Lord Merton, in the television series Downton Abbey. It was also used as 'Mrs Goddard's School' in the 2020 feature film Emma.
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- "Cherwell Cricket League - Home Page". www.cherwellcricketleague.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
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- "Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group". Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- "British comedy funded by village residents to show at Cannes". The Daily Telegraph. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Distributors queue up to see small film made by an English village". The Times. 13 May 2011.
- Medd, James. "Where was 'Emma' filmed?". CN Traveller. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
Sources and further reading
- Ditchfield, PH; Page, William, eds. (1924). "Kingston Bagpuize". A History of the County of Berkshire. Victoria County History. IV. assisted by John Hautenville Cope. London: The St Katherine Press. pp. 349–353.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 160.
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