St. Nicholas' parish church
Chadlington shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||828 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Chipping Norton|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Chadlington is a village and civil parish in the Evenlode Valley about 3 miles (5 km) south of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. The village has five neighbourhoods: Brookend, Eastend, Greenend, Millend and Westend.
Chadlington village existed by the time of Domesday Book in 1086 and may be named after Saint Chad. The present Chadlington Manor House was built in the 17th century and remodelled in about 1800. It is a Grade II* listed building.
Lower Court farmhouse was built in about 1700 as the manor house for Westend. It was altered in the mid- to late-18th century and remodelled in the 19th. The house has a Stonesfield Slate roof. It is a Grade II* listed building.
Churches and chapel
Church of England
The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas was originally Norman, and the blocked head of a Norman window above the north arcade show that the building had a clerestory in Norman times. In the 13th century Early English Gothic north and south aisles were added, with four-bay arcades linking the aisles with the nave. Both aisles still retain some lancet windows from this period.
The bell tower was built early in the 14th century in the Decorated Gothic style. A chapel was added at the east end of the north aisle. The chapel's east and north windows in the Transitional style between Decorated and Perpendicular Gothic date it to of the chancel about the middle of the 14th century. Later pure Perpendicular Gothic additions include the windows and north door in the north aisle, the present clerestory and nave roof and the chancel arch. In 1870 the Gothic Revival architect Charles Buckeridge completely rebuilt the chancel. St. Nicholas' church is a Grade II* listed building.
The tower has a ring of six bells. Abraham I Rudhall of Gloucester cast the two oldest in 1714.William Taylor of Loughborough cast two more including the tenor in 1846 at the bellfoundry he then had in Oxford. Thomas Bond of Burford cast another of the bells in 1911.Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the present tenor bell in 2006. There is also a Sanctus bell that Thomas Bond cast in 1911.
Social and economic history
Chadlington used to have two public houses. The Tite Inn ceased trading in 2009 and the Sandys Arms on Bull Hill closed some years earlier. The Tite Inn has since been acquired by new owners and was re-opened in the summer of 2012.
Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810–95), and his brother Canon George Rawlinson (1812–1902) were born at Chadlington. Ivan Cameron, son of Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is buried at Chadlington.
Chadlington Football Club plays in the Witney and District League. They currently run two teams in Division One and Four. Chadlington Cricket Club plays in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association League. Both clubs are based at Chadlington Sports and Social Club. Chadlington also has a primary school and a playgroup.
An annual fun run is held along Coldron Brook: The Great Brook Run. Proceeds of the race, which starts and ends at The Tite Inn, go to the parish primary school. Witney MP David Cameron has taken part in the event.
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