Charlbury  Oxfordshire


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

CHARLBURY, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Chipping-Norton district, Oxford. The town stands on an eminence, adjacent to the river Evenlode, and to the Oxford and Worcester railway, near Cornbury Park and Wychwood Forest, 6 miles SE of ChippingNorton; and has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Enstone, a banking office, an inn, a church, several dissenting chapels, and a grammar school. ...

The church is variously Norman, early English, and decorated; has a tower of the 13th century; and contains monuments of the Somersets and the Jenkinsons. The grammarschool has £40 a year from endowment, with two exhibitions at Brasenose college; and other charities have £70. A weekly market is held on Friday; fairs are held on 1 Jan., the second Friday in Lent, the second Friday after 13 May and 11 Oct.; and some trade is done in glovemaking and leather-dressing.—The parish contains also the hamlets of Finstock, Fawler, and Walcott, the tything of West Chadlington, and the chapelries of Shorthampton and East Chadlington. Acres 11,320. Real property, £15,117. Pop., 1,388. Houses, 301. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Mercian kings; was given by them to the Bishops of Lincoln; passed to the Abbey of Ensham; and went, at the dissolution, to St. John's College, Oxford. The living is a vicarage, united to the p. curacies of Shorthampton and Chadlington, in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £800.* Patron, St. John's College, Oxford. The vicarage of Finstock is a separate benefice. The subdistrict contains eight parishes, part of another parish, and two extra-parochial tracts. Acres, 40,288. Pop., 8,915. Houses, 1,863.

Charlbury through time

Charlbury is now part of West Oxfordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Oxfordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Charlbury itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Charlbury in West Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th September 2021

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