St. Laurence's parish church
|Warborough shown within Oxfordshire|
|Area||6.95 km2 (2.68 sq mi)|
|Population||940 (parish, including Shillingford) (2001 census)|
|• Density||135/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Warborough Parish Council|
Warborough is a village and civil parish in South Oxfordshire, about 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Wallingford and about 9 miles (14 km) south of Oxford. The parish also includes the hamlet of Shillingford, south of Warborough beside the River Thames.
In 1086 Warborough was part of the large royal estate of Benson. The Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence was originally a chapel of the parish of Benson. There is a record of the Empress Matilda giving the benefice of Benson, including chapels at Nettlebed and Warborough, to the Augustinian Abbey at nearby Dorchester in about 1140, and for most of the Middle Ages Warborough was regarded as part of the parish of Dorchester. It remained part of Dorchester peculiar until 1847, but functioned largely as an independent parish from the Middle Ages.
Perhaps the oldest item in the church is the font, which dates from late in the 12th century. The chancel has Decorated Gothic features from the early part of the 13th century, including the east window and one of the windows on the south side. The other windows of the chancel are later Perpendicular Gothic additions. The nave and south transept are Perpendicular features from the 14th century, although the transept arch and window are Decorated. The Gothic Revival architects G.F. Bodley and Thomas Garner restored the chancel in 1881. The Perpendicular Gothic windows in the nave are likewise Victorian.
The bell-tower was rebuilt in 1666. Its two oldest bells were cast in 1618, and two more date from 1675. It had a ring of six bells, but in 1955 two new bells were cast and hung increasing the ring to eight.
Warborough has a number of half-timbered and thatched houses, including a cruck cottage 100 yards (91 m) southwest of the parish church. A date stone on the manor house on the north side of the village green says it was built in 1696. The vicarage is Georgian. Near the cruck cottage is a terrace of four cottages designed in 1952 by the architect Lionel Brett.
Warborough and Shillingford Festival was founded in 1965. It is held annually in July
The village and surrounding areas have been the subject of filming locations for the popular crime drama Midsomer Murders.
- "Area: Warborough CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
- Maxwell Lyte 1900, pp. 399–406.
- Mileson: Manors and Other Estates
- Page 1907, pp. 87–90.
- Mileson: Religious History
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 821.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, South Oxfordshire Branch: Warborough.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 822.
- Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 380–384.
- Warborough and Shillingford Festival.
- The Six Bells
- Warborough And Shillingford Pre-School (WASPS)
- St. Laurence Church of England Primary School
- Cross Keys and Warborough F.C.
- Upper Thames Valley League
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
- Warborough Jujitsu Club
Sources and further reading
- Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1962). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 7: Thame and Dorchester Hundreds. Dorchester. Victoria County History. pp. 39–64.
- Maxwell Lyte, H.C., ed. (1900). A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds. 3. pp. 399–406.
- Mileson, Stephen (2010). "Victoria County History of Oxfordshire. Work in progress. Warborough".
- Page, W.H., ed. (1907). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 2: Ecclesiastical History, etc. The Abbey of Dorchester. Victoria County History. Archibald Constable & Co. pp. 87–90.
- Page, W.H.; Ditchfield, P.H., eds. (1924). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 4. Little Wittenham. Victoria County History. pp. 380–384.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 821–822. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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