Milcombe is a village and civil parish about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Milcombe
Milcombe Church (geograph 4322106).jpg
St Laurence's church
Milcombe is located in Oxfordshire
Milcombe
Milcombe
Location within Oxfordshire
Area5.06 km2 (1.95 sq mi)
Population613 (2011 census)[1]
• Density121/km2 (310/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP4134
Civil parish
  • Milcombe
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBanbury
Postcode districtOX15
Dialling code01295
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
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52°00′29″N 1°24′18″W / 52.008°N 1.405°W / 52.008; -1.405Coordinates: 52°00′29″N 1°24′18″W / 52.008°N 1.405°W / 52.008; -1.405

HistoryEdit

The Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence was built in the 13th century, but little survives from this period except the west tower. The font is 15th century. In the 19th century the building was in very poor condition so in 1860 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street rebuilt the chancel and most of the nave.[2] The parish benefice is now combined with those of Bloxham and South Newington.[3]

Milcombe House was a large 17th-century house. Most of it was demolished in 1953, but a small part has been retained as a farmhouse. Some outbuildings of the hall survive: an 18th-century dovecote[4] and part of the 17th century stables.[5]

By about 1875 the Banbury and Cheltenham Direct Railway had been built through the parish. It passed very close to the village in a cutting at the foot of Fern Hill. The nearest station was Bloxham, 1 mile (1.6 km) away. British Railways closed Bloxham station in 1951 and closed the Banbury and Cheltenham railway completely in 1964, but the disused cutting beside Milcombe village remains.

AmenitiesEdit

Milcombe has a 17th-century public house, the Horse and Groom.[6] The village hall is converted from a set of 17th-century cottages.[7] Milcombe has a village shop.[8] In 2009 a Women's Institute was founded in Milcombe.[9]

ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 143–158. ISBN 978 0 19722 758 9.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 704–705. ISBN 0 14 071045 0.

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