Wootton, Vale of White Horse

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Wootton StPeter South.jpg
St Peter's parish church
Wootton is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population2,709 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP4701
Civil parish
  • Wootton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOxford
Postcode districtOX1
Post townAbingdon
Postcode districtOX13
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteWootton Parish Council
List of places
51°42′25″N 1°18′47″W / 51.707°N 1.313°W / 51.707; -1.313Coordinates: 51°42′25″N 1°18′47″W / 51.707°N 1.313°W / 51.707; -1.313

Wootton is a village and civil parish in the Vale of White Horse about 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The parish of Wootton includes the hamlets of Whitecross and Lamborough Hill and the western part of Boars Hill.[1] The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,709.[2]


The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter was built in the 14th century,[3] from which time the Decorated Gothic east window of the chancel survives.[4] In the 15th century the nave was rebuilt with Perpendicular Gothic windows.[4] The south door and porch are 16th century and the chancel arch may have been rebuilt in the 18th century.[3] Until the 19th century Wootton was part of the parish of Cumnor.[3] The first vicar of Wootton was appointed in 1885. Wootton was united in a single benefice with St. Helen's, Dry Sandford in 2000.[5] but once again became a single parish benefice in the Abingdon Deanery in 2018. The sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906–85) and his son Falcon Stuart (1941–2002) are buried in St Peter's churchyard.


The village has a Church of England primary school.[6] The village has a recently refurbished business park[7] and two housing estates built between 1999 and 2009. There are a few shops in Wootton, including two convenience stores, a pharmacy, and a chip shop. There is also a dentist, a bathroom shop, a carpet shop and Sign-a-Rama. Wootton's social amenities include the Bystander public house, and a community centre where various activities take place, such as local school fêtes and a local bingo. The post office used to be next to the fish and chip shop but closed in September 2008.[citation needed] Now the post office is inside the Co-Operative store. Some gardens in Wootton are part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).


Wootton and Dry Sandford Football Club is based in the village.[8] It was founded in 1946 and currently plays in Division 1 of the North Berks Football League.[9] It is the current holder of the North Berks Cup.

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The graves of Oscar Nemon (left) and his son Falcon Stuart (right) in St Peter's parish churchyard
  1. ^ "Wootton Parish Boundary". Wootton Parish Council. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Area: Wootton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 398–405.
  4. ^ a b Pevsner 1966, p. 313.
  5. ^ "The Parish Churches of The Villages of Wootton and Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK". Wootton and Dry Sandford. The Benefice of Wootton and Dry Sandford. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ Wootton School
  7. ^ "Wootton Business Park". Oxfordshire. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  8. ^ Wootton and Dry Sandford FC
  9. ^ North Berks Football League


External links[edit]

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