Coordinates: 52°02′24″N 1°25′44″W / 52.040°N 1.429°W / 52.040; -1.429
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St. Nicholas, Tadmarton - geograph.org.uk - 119493.jpg
St. Nicholas' parish church
Tadmarton is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Area8.38 km2 (3.24 sq mi)
Population541 (2011 Census)
• Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP3937
Civil parish
  • Tadmarton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBanbury
Postcode districtOX15
Dialling code01295
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteTadmarton Village
List of places
52°02′24″N 1°25′44″W / 52.040°N 1.429°W / 52.040; -1.429

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,[1] which is a 26% increase on the figure of 430 recorded by the 2001 Census.[2]


The manor house has a 15th-century barn, believed to have been built for Abingdon Abbey.[3]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas is early Norman. The building was enlarged and the bell tower added in the 13th century.[3] The church is a Grade I listed building.[4]

The tower has a ring of six bells.[5] 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.[3]

Air crash[edit]

A Vickers Wellington in flight. This is a B Mk II, a model slightly earlier than the B Mk III that crashed at Swalcliffe.

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.[6] It burst into flames and all seven crew were killed.[7]

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.[7]


Tadmarton has one public house, the Lampet Arms.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Parish: Tadmarton CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Lobel & Crossley 1969, pp. 150–159.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Main Street (1369852)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  5. ^ Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Banbury Branch
  6. ^ "The Commemoration of the Wellington Crash". Tadmarton Village during the World Wars. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b "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.
  8. ^ The Lampet Arms

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