Cumnor  Berkshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cumnor like this:

CUMNOR, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Abingdon district, Berks. The village stands on the brow of a hill, 2 miles E of the river Isis, and 3¾ WSW of Oxford; and has a post office under Oxford, and an inn. The township includes the village. The parish includes also the liberty of Chilswell, and the tythings of Bradley, Chawley, Henwood, Hill-End, Stroud, Swinford, Whitley, and part of Botley. ...

Acres, 7, 730. Real property, £7, 096. Pop., 1, 021. Houses, 212. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Abingdon abbey; was given, at the dissolution, to the last abbot; and passed, in 1560, to Anthony Forster. The mansion on it was the scene of the murder of Amy Robsart, as related in Mickle's ballad of "Cumnor, " and Sir Walter Scott's novel of "Kenilworth;" but was really a low quadrangular edifice surrounding a small court, and not the spacious and towered structure depicted in these works; and it has entirely disappeared. The surface of the parish is hilly; and there is a mineral spring. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, not reported. Patron, the Earl of Abingdon. The church is partly Norman; consists of nave, north aisle, south chapel, and chancel, with a western tower; and contains an altar-tomb of Anthony Forster, and brasses. Charities, £81. John Drope, physician and poet, and Francis Drope, author of a work on fruit trees, were natives.—The sub-district contains seven parishes, and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 13, 113. Pop., 2, 853. Houses, 598.

Cumnor through time

Cumnor is now part of Vale of White Horse district. Click here for graphs and data of how Vale of White Horse has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Cumnor itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cumnor, in Vale of White Horse and Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 01st March 2021

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