Noke, Oxfordshire

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Noke StGiles west.JPG
St. Giles' parish church
Noke is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Area4.91 km2 (1.90 sq mi)
Population132 (2001 census)[1]
• Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP5514
Civil parish
  • Noke
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOXFORD
Postcode districtOX3
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°48′50″N 1°12′47″W / 51.814°N 01.213°W / 51.814; -01.213Coordinates: 51°48′50″N 1°12′47″W / 51.814°N 01.213°W / 51.814; -01.213

Noke is a small village and civil parish in Oxfordshire about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Oxford. It is on the southeast edge of Otmoor and is one of the "Seven Towns of Otmoor". The toponym is derived from Old English and means "at the oak trees".[2] The parish still has two woodlands: Prattle Wood about 500 yards (460 m) southwest of the village, and Noke Wood about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southeast.

Damaged early 17th-century effigy in chancel of St. Giles' parish church

Noke had a parish church by 1191 but the present Church of England parish church of Saint Giles dates from the first half of the 13th century. At the end of the 16th century a mortuary chapel was added for the Winchcombe family on the north side of the church, but in 1745 the chapel was in a ruinous condition and was demolished.[2][3] Noke Parochial School was built in 1863. It was reorganised as a junior school in 1931 and closed in 1946.[2] Noke also used to have a public house, but this too has closed. Both the school and the pub are now private houses.

Notable people[edit]

As of 2020, the writer, actor and director Simon Evans lives in Noke.[4]


  1. ^ "Area: Noke CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Lobel 1959, pp. 268–276.
  3. ^ "The History of the Church of St.Giles Noke". St Giles, Noke. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Simon Evans on BBC lockdown drama Staged and Oxford Playhouse fundraiser starring Stephen Fry, Marcus Brigstocke, Lucy Porter & Rachel Parris". Ox In A Box. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 7 August 2020.


External links[edit]

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