St. Nicholas' parish church
|Area||8.38 km2 (3.24 sq mi)|
|Population||541 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||65/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Tadmarton is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Banbury, Oxfordshire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 541, which is a 26% increase on the figure of 430 recorded by the 2001 Census.
The tower has a ring of six bells. Four were originally cast early in the 17th century, but two of these were re-cast in 1923 and 1939. A fifth bell was added in 1761 and the treble was added in 1947.
On 31 May 1944 a Vickers Wellington B Mk III bomber aircraft, BK157 of No. 12 Operational Training Unit RAF based at Chipping Warden in Northamptonshire, was on a training flight over north Oxfordshire when the pilot, F/O Donald Driver, DFM, made an evasive diving turn to port. The port wing collapsed and the aircraft crashed at Tadmarton. It burst into flames and all seven crew were killed.
The crew were members of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. F/O Driver and one of the air gunners are buried in Southam Road Cemetery in Banbury, which has a Commonwealth War Graves section. Other members of the crew are buried at Downpatrick in County Down, Hounslow in Middlesex, Huntly in Aberdeenshire, Titchfield in Hampshire and Wick in Caithness.
- "Area: Tadmarton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- "Parish: Tadmarton CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- Lobel & Crossley 1969, pp. 150-159.
- Lobel & Crossley 1969, pp. 150–159.
- Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Main Street (1369852)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Banbury Branch
- "The Commemoration of the Wellington Crash". Tadmarton Village during the World Wars. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- "31.05.1944 No 12 O.T.U. Wellington III BK 157 KX-P P/O Donald Driver". Archive Report: Allied Forces. Aircrew Remembered. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- The Lampet Arms
Sources and further reading
- Lobel, Mary D; Crossley, Alan, eds. (1969). A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 9. Victoria County History. pp. 150–159.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 803–804. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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