Milcombe

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Milcombe
Milcombe Church (geograph 4322106).jpg
St Laurence's church
Milcombe is located in Oxfordshire
Milcombe
Milcombe
Milcombe shown within Oxfordshire
Area 5.06 km2 (1.95 sq mi)
Population 613 (2011 census)[1]
• Density 121/km2 (310/sq mi)
OS grid reference SP4134
Civil parish
  • Milcombe
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Banbury
Postcode district OX15
Dialling code 01295
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
OxfordshireCoordinates: 52°00′29″N 1°24′18″W / 52.008°N 1.405°W / 52.008; -1.405

Milcombe (pronounced "Mil-comb-bie") is a village and civil parish about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Banbury, Oxfordshire.

History[edit]

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.

Amenities[edit]

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]


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