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Tysoe is a civil parish located in Warwickshire, England, 9 miles (14 km) north-west of Banbury. The three main settlements in the parish, Upper, Middle and Lower Tysoe are on a hill, hence the respective village names. Upper and Middle Tysoe have now merged, whereas Lower Tysoe is still separate, a little further north. The estimated population of the parish is 1,050, based on the 2001 UK Census.

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary and dates back to the 11th century.[1] All three of the villages contain several 17th-century buildings, especially Middle Tysoe, which was once the main village of the parish.[2] The local village primary school was opened in 1859 and has been extended in the 1980s and 2005.[3] Compton Wynyates country house is just one kilometre south of the village. Joseph Ashby, the agricultural trade unionist, was born in the village in 1859; his biography was written by his daughter Kathleen Ashby, teacher and historian.

The parish once contained a hill figure, the Red Horse of Tysoe, which was recorded as early as 1607 but which is now lost.[4]

Tysoe Parish & Community website can be found at: http://www.tysoe.org.uk


  1. ^ Information on the church
  2. ^ Tysoe at British History Online
  3. ^ Tysoe School Homepage
  4. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus and Wedgewood, Alexandra. The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, Penguin, 1966, p.543

Coordinates: 52°05′N 1°30′W / 52.083°N 1.500°W / 52.083; -1.500

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