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St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Shipton-under-Wychwood is located in Oxfordshire
 Shipton-under-Wychwood shown within Oxfordshire
Population 1,280 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Shipton-under-Wychwood
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OX7
Dialling code 01993
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
Website Shipton-u-Wychwood
List of places

Shipton under Wychwood is a village and civil parish in the Evenlode valley about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Burford, Oxfordshire. The village is one of several named after the ancient forest of Wychwood. The others are Milton-under-Wychwood immediately to the west of the village and Ascott-under-Wychwood about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east.



About 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the village is the farmhouse of Langley, a largely mid-19th-century building. It is on the site of a royal hunting lodge that was built for Henry VII. Most of the Tudor monarchs stayed there when hunting in Wychwood Forest.[2]

Arms of de Langley, as quartered by Danvers, on the tomb of Sir John Danvers (d. 1514), St. James the Great Church, Dauntsey, Wiltshire: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent, on a bend gules 3 martlets or winged vert (Danvers); 2nd & 3rd: Gules, 2 bars or in chief 2 buck's heads cabossed of the 2nd (Langley)

The de Langley family were hereditary keepers of Wychwood Forest, Oxon., which office carried with it the tenancy of the manor of Langley in Shipton-under-Wychwood parish.[3] Their heir was Simon Verney (d. 1368) whose brother was William Verney of Byfield, Northants., father of Alice Verney, 1st. wife of John Danvers (d. 1449) of Calthorpe, MP for Oxfordshire 1420, 1421, 1423 and 1435.[4] The de Langley family held the manor of Shipton, Oxfordshire, and Richard Lee in his Gleanings of Oxfordshire of 1574 states that these arms of "Gules, 2 bars or in chief 2 buck's heads cabossed of the 2nd" were then displayed in a stained glass window in St. Mary's parish church at Shipton with a tomb under it. The buck's heads seem to be a reference to the de Langley office of forester of Wychwood.


Shipton Court, the estate of the Lacey family, was built in about 1603.[5]

Parish church

The Church of England parish church of St. Mary has a tower built in about 1200–1250,[6] a 15th-century stone pulpit and font[7] and a Tudor wall monument.[7]

The architect Richard Pace designed Saint Mary's Rectory, which was built in 1818.[8]

Economic and social history

William Langland, the conjectured author of Piers Plowman, is known to have been a tenant in Shipton-under-Wychwood where he died.[9]

The village has three historic public houses: the Shaven Crown Hotel, The Red Horse and the Lamb Inn. The Shaven Crown Hotel[10] overlooking the village green was once a guest house run by the monks of Bruern Abbey. It is claimed to have had a licence since 1384 but the present building is mainly 15th century.[2] The Lamb Inn is 16th century[11] and is controlled by Greene King Brewery.[12]


Shipton railway station is on the Cotswold Line.

Shipton-under-Wychwood Cricket Club[13] 1st XI plays in The Home Counties Premier League, whilst the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI play in The Oxford Times Cherwell League.[14] The 1st XI won the National Village Knockout at Lords in 2002 and 2003, and were runners up in 1997 and 2010. They also were Oxfordshire Team of the Year in 2011 following their trip to Lords, winning the Cherwell League title, and winning both the premier Oxfordshire Twenty20 Competitions, all in the preceding twelve months. They are launching the first Ladies team in 2014, after several successful seasons running Girls' sides.

Shipton-under-Wychwood is on the Oxfordshire Way footpath, which can be used to walk north-westwards up the Evenlode Valley to Bruern Abbey and Bledington, or eastwards down the valley to Charlbury.


  1. ^ "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View.  
  2. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 760.
  3. ^ Macnamara 1895, p. 198.
  4. ^ Roskell, Clarke & Rawcliffe 1992, pp. 747–748.
  5. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 759–760.
  6. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 758.
  7. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 759.
  8. ^ Colvin 1997, p. 764.
  9. ^ Godden 1990, p. not cited.
  10. ^ Shaven Crown Hotel
  11. ^ English Country Inns webpage for The Lamb Inn
  12. ^ Greene King website for the Lamb Inn
  13. ^ Shipton-under-Wychwood Cricket Club
  14. ^ Cherwell Cricket League


External links

  • The Wychwood Magazine Online
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