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St. George's parish church
Grid reference: SP2504
Location: 51°44’35"N, 1°36’47"W
Population: 101  (2011)
Post town: Lechlade
Postcode: GL7
Dialling code: 01367
Local Government
Council: West Oxfordshire

Kencot is a village and parish in Oxfordshire about two miles south-west of Carterton. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 101.[1]


A Neolithic stone hand axe was found at Kencot. Petrological analysis in 1940 identified the stone as epidotised tuff from Stake Pass in the Lake District, 230 miles to the north. Stone axes from the same source have been found at Alvescot, Abingdon, Sutton Courtenay[2] and Minster Lovell.[3]

Parish church

The Church of England parish church of Saint George[4] is Norman.[5] Features from this period include the south doorway,[5] whose tympanum contains a relief of Sagittarius shooting a monster, and a former doorway in the north wall.[5] The openings of the chancel windows are 13th century[6] but the windows themselves are modern.[5] The ground stage of the bell tower was built in about 1300[6] and the present chancel arch was built early in the 14th century.[5] High in the south wall of the nave are two Perpendicular Gothic windows,[6] and the late Perpendicular upper stages of the tower were completed in about 1500.[6] St George's is a Grade-II* listed building.[7]

The parish is now part of the Benefice of Shill Valley and Broadshire, which includes also the parishes of Alvescot, Black Bourton, Broadwell, Broughton Poggs, Filkins, Holwell, Kelmscott, Langford, Little Faringdon, Shilton and Westwell.[8]

Economic and social history

Red Rose Close was built in the 17th century, in 1650 according to its date-stone.[6] Manor Farm house was built in the 17th century and altered in the 18th century.[6] Kencot House is a house of seven bays built early in the 18th century.[6]

RAF Broadwell

RAF Broadwell was built in 1943 on land in the parish a mile north of the village. The airfield was in service until 1947[9] and was used by Royal Air Force Transport Command.[10]


Victorian post box mounted in the wall of Dossett's Old School, next to Kencot manor house

Sources and further reading

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