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Dean, Oxfordshire


Road through Dean
Dean is located in Oxfordshire
 Dean shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference
Civil parish Spelsbury
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chipping Norton
Postcode district OX7
Dialling code 01608
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
Website Spelsbury Parish Council
List of places

Dean is a hamlet in Spelsbury civil parish, about 2 miles (3 km) north of Charlbury and 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Its toponym derives from the fact that it is between the valleys of the Coldron Brook and one of its tributaries.


The Hawk Stone, about 0.5 miles (800 m) north of Dean, is a Neolithic standing stone.

At a junction of two lanes in the centre of Dean is the base of a medieval preaching cross.[1]

Spelsburydown is a 17th-century house that was re-fronted in the 18th century.[2] It is of coursed squared limestone with ashlar dressings and has a Stonesfield slate roof.[2]

About 1,200 yards (1,100 m) northeast of Spelsburydown is a six-bay barn built of coursed limestone rubble that dates from the late 17th or early 18th century.[3]

Dean Mill is a watermill on Coldron Brook. It was built probably in the 18th and altered probably in the 20th century.[4] The building is of coursed rubble with a Stonesfield slate roof.[4]

Dean Manor House was built early in the 18th century, reputedly in 1702 for Thomas Rowney, MP for Oxford.[5] It is of coursed rubble with ashlar dressings.[5]

Dean Manor Cottage is a small house built early in the 18th century.[6] It is of coursed rubble with a Stonesfield slate roof.[6] Pear Tree Cottage is a mid-18th century small house built of coursed limestone rubble.[7]

Notable people

Dean is the home of Peter Gummer, Baron Chadlington[8] and the constituency home of the UK Prime Minister David Cameron.[9] It was also the home of the family of Ronnie Barker.


  1. ^ "Wayside Cross Base Approximately 300 Metres South West of Dean Mill". National Heritage List for England.  
  2. ^ a b "Spelsburydown". National Heritage List for England.  
  3. ^ "Barn Approximately 1 1/10 Kilometres North East of Spelsburydown, Dean". National Heritage List for England.  
  4. ^ a b "Dean Mill". National Heritage List for England.  
  5. ^ a b "Manor House". National Heritage List for England.  
  6. ^ a b "Dean Manor Cottage". National Heritage List for England.  
  7. ^ "Pear Tree Cottage". National Heritage List for England.  
  8. ^ "Lord Chadlington". Lords by Party and Type of Peerage. Houses of Parliament. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Mathieson, SA (8 December 2005). "Guardian Online". London: Guardian Newspapers. 

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