West Oxfordshire

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West Oxfordshire District
Non-metropolitan district
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Oxfordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Witney
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body West Oxfordshire District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs David Cameron
 • Total 275.8 sq mi (714.4 km2)
Area rank 53rd (of 326)
Population (Mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 108,158
 • Rank 216th (of 326)
 • Density 390/sq mi (150/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.4% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 38UF (ONS)
E07000181 (GSS)
OS grid reference SP3591610698
Website www.westoxon.gov.uk

West Oxfordshire is a local government district in north west Oxfordshire, England including towns such as Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, and Witney (where the council is based).

The area is mainly rural downland and forest, the main activities being farming and associated trades.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal boroughs of Chipping Norton and Witney urban district, and Chipping Norton Rural District and Witney Rural District.

West Oxfordshire lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and its tributaries including the River Evenlode and River Windrush running through the area.[1] Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK.[2]


Coordinates: 51°47′36″N 1°28′45″W / 51.79333°N 1.47917°W / 51.79333; -1.47917