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Grid reference: SP4900
Location: 51°42’4"N, 1°16’59"W
Population: 1,554  (2001)
Post town: Abingdon
Postcode: OX13
Dialling code: 01865
Local Government
Council: Vale of White Horse
Oxford West and Abingdon
Website: Sunningwell Parish Council

Sunningwell is a village in Berkshire a little to the north of Abingdon. The parish includes the village of Bayworth and the eastern part of Boars Hill.

It is close ot the main A34 Oxford to Newbury road, and consequently has felt the pressure of development, but Sunningwell has succeeded, after a campaign run by parishioners in warding off plans to develop Green Belt land surrounding the village.

The Flowing Well public house with beer garden is a well known destination for walkers.

Parish church

The parish church is St Leonard's. The church is largely 15th century with some earlier parts. The west porch is said to have been given by John Jewel, later Bishop of Salisbury, who was rector here in about 1551. There is a stained glass east window by J.P. Seddon, a friend of William Morris, who restored the church in 1877.[1] The church is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

Samuel Fell, chaplain to King James I, was rector here from 1625 to 1649.

Art school

Near the parish church is Sunningwell Art School.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Sunningwell)


  1. Pevsner, 1966, page 234
  2. Images of England website