Wootton, West Oxfordshire

Wootton, West Oxfordshire

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Wootton is a village and civil parish on the River Glyme about north of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The village is sometimes referred to as Wootton-by-Woodstock to distinguish it from Wootton, Vale of White Horse, which was in Berkshire but was transferred to Oxfordshire in the 1974 local authority boundary changes.

The parish is bounded to the west partly by the River Glyme, to the north partly by a stream that joins the River Dorn, to the south-east by the course of Akeman Street Roman road, to the south-west by the pale of Blenheim Great Park and on other sides by field boundaries.

The parish includes two deserted medieval villages: Dornford on the River Dorn, and Hordley on the River Glyme just downstream of the confluence of the Dorn and Glyme.

Parish church

The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary are the nave, north aisle and lower part of the tower, all of which date from the first half of the 13th century. In the 14th century the chancel and chancel arch were rebuilt and most of the windows in the building were replaced, all in the Decorated style. The upper part of the bell tower was added in the 15th century and the clerestory was added to the nave in the 16th century, both in the Perpendicular Gothic style.

The tower has a ring of six bells. Edward Hemins of...
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