Wigginton, Oxfordshire

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St Giles' parish church
Grid reference: SP388333
Location: 51°59’49"N, 1°26’6"W
Population: 194  (2011)
Post town: Banbury
Postcode: OX15
Dialling code: 01608
Local Government
Council: Cherwell
Website: wigginton-oxon.org

Wigginton is a village in Oxfordshire about six miles south-west of Banbury in Oxfordshire.[1] The village is beside the River Swere, which forms the southern boundary of the parish.


About 350 yards north-east of the parish church is the site of an Iron Age enclosure, on which a large Roman villa[2] was added in about the 2nd century AD.[3] The occupied part of the villa seems to have been reduced in size in the 4th century AD.[3] The site is a scheduled monument.[3]

Parish church

The nave and north and south aisles of the parish church, St Giles, were built late in the 13th century.[4] The chancel is early Decorated Gothic, built in about 1300.[5] Each aisle is linked with the nave by an arcade of three bays.[4] The Perpendicular Gothic porch and west tower were added in the 15th or late 14th century.[4] The nave clerestory is also a Perpendicular addition.[4]

In the late 19th century, the church was restored under the direction of two Gothic Revival architects: the chancel and south aisle in 1870 under William White and the nave and north aisle in 1886 under John Loughborough Pearson.[4] The stained glass of the east window was added in 1908.[4] St Giles is a Grade I listed building.[4]

St Giles' has an early clock. Its date is unknown but its characteristics suggest it was made early in the 17th century.[6]

About the village

The White Swan

Wigginton has a public house, The White Swan

There is a Swerford and Wigginton Women's Institute.[7]

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