Adderbury  Oxfordshire


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

ADDERBURY, a village, two townships, and a parish, in Banbury district, Oxford. The village stands near the Oxford canal and the river Cherwell, 1¾ mile NW of Aynho r. station, and 3½ S of Banbury; and has a post office under Oxford. Its church is cruciform, and chiefly perpendicular English, with a lofty decorated spire. ...

The chancel was built by William of Wykeham, and has his arms on the outer wall The ancient parsonage and the old tythe-barn are adjacent. A Norman castle, and afterwards a palace of the Dukes of Buccleuch, stood at Adderbury, but are extinct. An impostor, who pretended to be the Saviour, was crucified here in 1219, by order of an Episcopal synod. Adderbury Lodge, in the neighbourhood, contains a portrait of Luke, the hero of "Hudibras." Wilmot, the witty, profligate Earl of Rochester, took from Adderbury the title of Baron, and lived and died in the manor-house near Adderbury Green; and Pope the poet afterwards made a visit there to the great Duke of Argyle, and wrote,-

With no poetic ardour fired,
I press the bed where Wilmot lay.

The townships of Adderbury are called East and West. Real property of East A., £7,019. Pop., 895. Houses, 214. Real property of West A., £2,995. Pop., 346. Houses, 89. The parish includes also the hamlet of Milton and the chapelries of Barford-St. John, and Bodicott. Acres, 6,380. Real property, £17,615. Pop., 2,146. Houses, 535. The property is subdivided. The Living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £818.* Patron, New College, Oxford. The e curacies of Milton and Barford are included; while the vicarage of Boddicott is a separate benefice. There are three dissenting chapels, an endowed school, and charities £270.

Adderbury through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 17th August 2022

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