Littleworth, Vale of White Horse

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Church of the Holy Ascension
Littleworth is located in Oxfordshire
 Littleworth shown within Oxfordshire
Population 203 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU3197
Civil parish Littleworth
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Faringdon
Postcode district SN7
Dialling code 01367
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
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Coordinates: 51°40′23″N 1°33′00″W / 51.673°N 1.550°W / 51.673; -1.550

Littleworth is a small village and civil parish off the A420, almost 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Faringdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The parish includes the hamlets of Thrupp and Wadley.


Littleworth was historically part of the ecclesiastical parish of Great Faringdon. At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086 it appears to have been part of the manor of Worth. The manor became known as Wadley by the 13th century, and in 1440 Henry VI granted it to Oriel College, Oxford.[2] In the 16th century Wadley manor house was leased to the Unton family, who were prominent at the court of Elizabeth I, among them Henry Unton the diplomat. The house was visited by the queen in 1574 and by James I in 1603.[2]

The main settlement at Worth became known as Littleworth by the late 13th century, to distinguish it from Longworth about 5 miles (8 km) to the east.[3]

Littleworth was made a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1843[2] but was not made a separate civil parish until 1952.[4]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of The Holy Ascension has been on the same site since the 12th century. However, the present building was designed by H.J. Underwood[5] of Oxford and built on the original Norman foundations in 1839.[2] Its chancel was rebuilt in 1876.[5] The church is a Grade II listed building.[6]


  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 489–499
  3. ^ Mills & Room 2003, p. not cited.
  4. ^ "unit history of Littleworth". A Vision of Britain through Time: Relationships. 
  5. ^ a b Pevsner 1966, p. 169
  6. ^ "Church of the Holy Ascension, Littleworth, Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire". Images of England. English Heritage.