Littleworth, South Oxfordshire

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Littleworth
Littleworth is located in Oxfordshire
Littleworth
Littleworth
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP5905
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townThame
Postcode districtOX33
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteWheatley Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire
51°44′42″N 1°09′07″W / 51.745°N 1.152°W / 51.745; -1.152Coordinates: 51°44′42″N 1°09′07″W / 51.745°N 1.152°W / 51.745; -1.152

Littleworth is a hamlet in South Oxfordshire, about 4 12 miles (7 km) east of Oxford, England. It is in Wheatley civil parish, immediately west of Wheatley village.

History[edit]

There were two windmills on the hill about 300 yards (270 m) south of the hamlet. One was a post mill that burned down in 1875. The other, Wheatley Mill, is an octagonal tower mill that dates from before 1671. It has been rebuilt and re-equipped a number of times, including in 1763 after a fire and in 1784 when the Eagle Ironworks, Oxford supplied some of the machinery. The tower mill had fallen out of use by 1914, and lightning struck it in 1939.[1]

Since 1976 the windmill has been under restoration. The mill is open to the public one Sunday a month from May until October.[2]

In 1864 an extension of the Wycombe Railway from Thame to Oxford was built through Littleworth. British Railways closed the line and Wheatley station in 1963. Most of its route through Littleworth was in a cutting, with single-arched brick bridge that still carries Littleworth Road over it.

Amenities[edit]

Littleworth has one public house, the Cricketer's Arms free house.[3]

Thames Travel bus route 46 links Littleworth with Cowley, Wheatley and Horspath. Buses run hourly, Monday to Friday. There is no service in the evening, or on Saturday, Sunday or public holidays.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "Wheatley Windmill  (Grade II) (1369287)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Wheatley Windmill". Wheatley Windmill Preservation Society. 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  3. ^ "The Cricketers Pub Restaurant". Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  4. ^ "46". Thames Travel. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2021.