Wootton, Berkshire

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Henwood Farm, north of Wootton
Grid reference: SP4701
Location: 51°42’25"N, 1°18’47"W
Population: 2,632  (2001)
Post town: Oxford
Postcode: OX1
Dialling code: 01865
Local Government
Council: Vale of White Horse
Oxford West and Abingdon
Website: Wootton and Dry Sandford

Wootton is a village in northern Berkshire, lying three miles west of Abingdon. The parish of Wootton includes the hamlets of Henwood (to the north) and Lamborough Hill and the western part of Boars Hill (to the east).

Parish church

The parish church is Saint Peter's. It was built in the 14th century,[1] from which time the Decorated Gothic east window of the chancel survives.[2] In the 15th century the nave was rebuilt with Perpendicular Gothic windows.[2] The south door and porch are 16th century and the chancel arch may have been rebuilt in the 18th century.[1]

Wootton originates as a chapelry of the ancient parish of Cumnor.[1] The first vicar of Wootton was appointed in 1885. Since 2000 the village has formed part of the ecclesiastical parish of Wootton and Dry Sandford.

The village

The village has a Church of England primary school.[3]

The village is the site of the newly refurbished Wootton Business Park, and two new housing estates. There are a few shops in Wootton, including two convenience stores, a pharmacy, and a chip shop. There is also a dentist, minor doctors surgery (uncommon in a village of this size), a hairdresser, bathroom shop, a carpet shop and a sign-a-rama. Wootton's social amenities include the Bystander public house, a Royal British Legion club, and a community centre.

The post office used to be next to the fish and chip shop but closed in September 2008. Now the post office is inside the Co-op food store.

Outside links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 398-405
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pevsner, 1966, page 313
  3. Wootton School


  • Page, W.H.; Ditchfield, P.H., eds (1924). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 4. Victoria County History. pp. 398–405. 
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 313.