Long Hanborough

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Long Hanborough
LongHanborough ChristChurch southwest.JPG
Christ Church parish church
Long Hanborough is located in Oxfordshire
Long Hanborough
Long Hanborough
Location within Oxfordshire
Population2,630 (parish, including Church Hanborough) (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP4114
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWitney
Postcode districtOX29
Dialling code01993
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteHanborough Online [1]
List of places
51°49′19″N 1°23′35″W / 51.822°N 1.393°W / 51.822; -1.393Coordinates: 51°49′19″N 1°23′35″W / 51.822°N 1.393°W / 51.822; -1.393

Long Hanborough is a village in Hanborough civil parish, about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Witney in West Oxfordshire, England. The village is the major settlement in Hanborough parish. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,630.[2]


An infants' school was built in 1879 and enlarged in 1893.[3] It closed in 1998 and was merged into Hanborough Manor School.[citation needed] The old school building has been converted to a private house. Christ Church Church of England parish church was built in 1893.[4] It is now part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland.[5] The village also has a Methodist church in which Reverend Samuel New resides.

The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway was built to the north of Long Hanborough in 1853, with Handborough Station (recently renamed Hanborough Station) opened just to the east of Long Hanborough to serve the village. The franchisee, Great Western Railway, offers services to Oxford, London (Paddington), Worcester and Hereford. In 1935 the Great Western Railway opened a small station on the Combe Road to serve Combe, although as near Long Hanborough as Combe, and with a very limited service. On 30 January 1965 a funeral train with the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill was hauled to Hanborough Station by Battle of Britain Class locomotive 34051 Winston Churchill.[6] From Hanborough the funeral cortège proceeded to St Martin's Church, Bladon where the funeral took place.


The old school house was built in 1879 and was still the infants' school until 1998

Long Hanborough has a post office, a GP's practice, a dental practice, a Co-Operative store, a fish and chip shop and a bicycle repair shop. It has two pubs, the Three Horseshoes and the George & Dragon. Until the 2000s it had two other pubs. In 2009 the Swan, in Millwood End, was a gastropub,[7] but it has since ceased trading and is now a private home. The Bell was controlled by Greene King Brewery but is no longer trading.

The parish still has a primary school: Hanborough Manor Church of England School.[8] Next to Hanborough railway station are Oxford Bus Museum and the Morris Motors Museum. The bus museum has a collection of 40 historic buses and coaches that operated in Oxfordshire, plus relics of Oxford's former horse tramways. The Morris Motors museum has a dozen historic vehicles built by Nuffield Organization companies, mainly Morris Motors. Hanborough has a Women's Institute.[9]


Long Hanborough has one bus service run by Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. Route 233 runs twice an hour, Mondays to Saturdays between Woodstock and Burford via Long Hanborough and Witney.[10] Route 233 passes Hanborough rail station. However, Long Hanborough has no evening, Sunday or bank holiday bus service.


  1. ^ http://hanborough-pc.gov.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/
  2. ^ "Area: Hanborough (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C.R. (eds.); Baggs, A.P.; Blair, W.J.; Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Townley, Simon C. (1990). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock. Victoria County History. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-19-722774-9.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 691. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  5. ^ Archbishops' Council. "Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland". A Church Near You. Church of England. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  6. ^ Leigh, Chris (June 1996). "A State Occasion". Steam World (108): 50–1.
  7. ^ Gray, Christopher (21 January 2009). "The Swan, Long Hanborough". The Oxford Times. Newsquest. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  8. ^ Hanborough Manor Church of England School
  9. ^ "Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes". Archived from the original on 7 September 2003. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  10. ^ "Service 233 Woodstock – Hanborough – Witney – Burford" (PDF). Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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