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is located approx. 3 miles South of Banbury, 10 miles from Chipping
Norton, 10 miles from J10 of the M40 and is 20 miles North of Oxford.
There was considerable rivalry between Adderbury and Bloxham which lead to a couple of rhymes:
Bloxham for length,
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The village is divided into two by the main A361 route to the heart of the Cotswolds and is a much sought after village to live in. It has a number of very good schools including Bloxham School which traditionally only took boys, but now takes girls too.
The heart of the old village is designated as a conservation area although there are a number of new estates surrounding the village and Bloxham also boasts its own exhibition - visit the Bloxham Museum Website. Bloxham also has a Free magazine which is delivered to all houses in Bloxham - The Bloxham Broadsheet - they also have a website which you can visit by clicking here:
St. Mary's church is reputed to have the tallest spire in Oxfordshire, standing at 198ft and was said to have been commissioned by Cardinal Wolsey. It has received a lottery grant to light the spire at night which can be seen from miles around.
The church dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, but is remarkable for a Norman doorway, the remains of mediaeval paintings, fine stone carvings, the perpendicular architecture of the Milcombe Chapel, and the east window by William Morris and Burne-Jones. In recent years the spire has been floodlit, and to commemorate the Millennium, a tapestry screen of 114 panels crafted by villagers has been placed across the entrance to the tower.
The main road has not always followed its present route, but used to pass along Old Bridge Road, where the village war memorial now stands, to the Elephant and Castle public house, where the old coaching arch still forms the entrance to the present day car park. The buildings of Bloxham epitomize the yeoman-farmhouse architectural tradition and the layout of the village reveals much of its history and development. Several medieval buildings survive, hidden by later exteriors and the village has a maze of ancient winding lanes with frontages of early buildings along them.
To the south of the church is a small thatched building known as the Court house. This was built in 1689 and now serves as a village hall. The building is owned by the Bloxham Feoffees who were the custodians and administrators of various village charities. In the past, this body of men were responsible for roads, bridges, street lighting, drainage and even the winding of the church clock.
The Local Government Act of 1894 saw the creation of the Parish Council and they assumed some of these responsibilities and hold a number of meetings throughout the year to address various issues which villagers find out about from the locally delivered Bloxham Broadsheet.
The undercroft of the Court House is home to the Bloxham Village Museum which is open on Sunday afternoons from April to October. The Museum currently has a Book Appeal to raise funds and any donations of unwanted paperbacks or hardbacks in good condition are very welcome.
The Godswell Natural Therapy Centre is host to many practitioners who practice privately (at present independent of the NHS) and they have sole responsibility for patients.
There are 2 churches in Bloxham, St Mary's on Church Street and The Baptist Church on Hawke Lane - both hold services every Sunday. St. Mary's Church extend a warm welcome to visitors to our services on Sunday - Holy Communion at 8.00am, Parish Communion with Junior Church in the Parish Rooms at 9.30am, and Evensong at 6.00pm. On the 4th Sunday of the month - 'Welcome to Worship' or shorter Communion Service at 9.30am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm.
There are 3 pubs in Bloxham which are The Elephant & Castle, a traditional pub with Public & Saloon bars, The Red Lion, who pride themselves on their cuisine and The Joiners Arms.
Bloxham Bowls Club, at The Ridgeway extends a welcome to New Members. Come and join your local club as a Full or Social Member. Visit www.bloxhambowls.org.uk for more info.
The W.I.hold their Market at the Ex-Servicemens Hall every Friday at 10am where home-made and home grown goods can be bought.
JUBILEE PARK HALL is available for Parties, Meetings, Events & All Family Occasions - Bar and/or Disco available if required - Support your local facilities - For details contact Mandy Fountain 01295 722717.
The County Councillor for Bloxham is Keith R. Mitchell who can be contacted on 01295 811257 and the District Councillors are Christine Heath (01295 720705) and Lynda Thirzie Smart (01295 812584). They also cover villages of Bodicote and Milcombe.
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