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Milcombe Church (geograph 4322106).jpg
St Laurence's church
Milcombe is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Area5.06 km2 (1.95 sq mi)
Population613 (2011 census)[1]
• Density121/km2 (310/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP4134
Civil parish
  • Milcombe
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBanbury
Postcode districtOX15
Dialling code01295
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′29″N 1°24′18″W / 52.008°N 1.405°W / 52.008; -1.405Coordinates: 52°00′29″N 1°24′18″W / 52.008°N 1.405°W / 52.008; -1.405

Milcombe is a village and civil parish about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Banbury, Oxfordshire. Milcombe is famous for its village shop. Originally called ‘John’s shop’ or More officially, ‘New Road Stores’ but is now called ‘Best-one’.


The Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence was built in the 13th century, but little survives from this period except the west tower. The font is 15th century. In the 19th century the building was in very poor condition, so in 1860 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street, rebuilt the chancel and most of the nave.[2] The parish benefice is now combined with those of Bloxham and South Newington.[3]

Milcombe House was a large 17th-century house. Most of it was demolished in 1953, but a small part has been retained as a farmhouse. Some outbuildings of the hall survive: an 18th-century dovecote[4] and part of the 17th century stables.[5] By about 1875 the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway had been built through the parish. It passed very close to the village in a cutting at the foot of Fern Hill. The nearest station was Bloxham, 1 mile (1.6 km) away. British Railways closed Bloxham station in 1951 and closed the Banbury and Cheltenham railway completely in 1964, but the disused cutting beside Milcombe village remains.


Milcombe has a 17th-century public house, the Horse and Groom.[6] The village hall is converted from a set of 17th-century cottages.[7] Milcombe has a village shop.[8] In 2009 a Women's Institute was founded in Milcombe.[9]


  1. ^ Parish: Key Statistics: Population. (2011 census Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  2. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 704–705.
  3. ^ Crossley 1983, pp. 143–158.
  4. ^ Milcombe Hall dovecote
  5. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 705.
  6. ^ The Horse & Groom
  7. ^ Milcombe Village Hall
  8. ^ New Road Stores
  9. ^ "Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes". Archived from the original on 7 September 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2010.


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