Littleworth, Vale of White Horse
Church of the Holy Ascension
Littleworth shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||203 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|District||Vale of White Horse|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
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. 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.
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 of Oxford and built on the original Norman foundations in 1839. Its chancel was rebuilt in 1876. The church is a Grade II listed building.
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