South Hinksey

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South Hinksey
St. Lawrence's Church, South Hinksey - - 1411994.jpg
Tower of St Laurence's parish church
South Hinksey is located in Oxfordshire
South Hinksey
South Hinksey
Location within Oxfordshire
Population383 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP5004
Civil parish
  • South Hinksey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOxford
Postcode districtOX1
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteThis is South Hinksey, Oxfordshire England
List of places
51°44′10″N 1°15′50″W / 51.736°N 1.264°W / 51.736; -1.264Coordinates: 51°44′10″N 1°15′50″W / 51.736°N 1.264°W / 51.736; -1.264

South Hinksey is a village and civil parish just over 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the centre of Oxford. The parish includes the residential area of Hinksey Hill about 0.5 miles (800 m) south of the village. The parish was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.


The Southern By-Pass Road (part of the A34) passes through the parish. The only road access to the village is via the bypass. It is on the inside of the ring road and close to the Hinksey Stream, a branch of the River Thames at Oxford. Pedestrian and cycle access to the village from Oxford is via the Devil's Backbone; a historic raised pathway across the neighbouring flood plains that features in Matthew Arnold's poem The Scholar Gipsy.


It has always been difficult to get between North Hinksey to the north-west and South Hinksey. In the 19th century John Ruskin tried to organize the making of a road between the two villages, as the ground between them was very boggy. Since the 1930s they have been connected by the Southern By-Pass Road. Until the middle of the 18th century South Hinksey was in the parish of Cumnor. When it was first created, the parish extended to the River Thames, but in 1889 the new suburb of New Hinksey, between the Thames and Hinksey Stream, was transferred to the City of Oxford. However, the ecclesiastical parish continues to include New Hinksey.

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Cottages in South Hinksey. In the centre is the former Cross Keys pub.


  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2010.


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