Bladon

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Bladon
Bladon StMartin south.JPG
St. Martin's parish church
Bladon is located in Oxfordshire
Bladon

 Bladon shown within Oxfordshire
Population753 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP4414
Civil parishBladon
DistrictWest Oxfordshire
Shire countyOxfordshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWoodstock
Postcode districtOX20
Dialling code01993
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK ParliamentWitney
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Coordinates: 51°49′55″N 1°21′04″W / 51.832°N 1.351°W / 51.832; -1.351

Bladon
Bladon StMartin south.JPG
St. Martin's parish church
Bladon is located in Oxfordshire
Bladon

 Bladon shown within Oxfordshire
Population753 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP4414
Civil parishBladon
DistrictWest Oxfordshire
Shire countyOxfordshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWoodstock
Postcode districtOX20
Dialling code01993
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK ParliamentWitney
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Bladon is a village and civil parish on the River Glyme about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northwest of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

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Churches

The Church of England parish church of Saint Martin was originally 11th or 12th century, and its south porch had a Norman doorway. However, the old church was demolished in 1802 and a new building completed in its place in 1804. This in turn was completely rebuilt in 1891 to designs by the Gothic Revival architect A.W. Blomfield.[2]

Bladon Methodist Church, built in 1877

A Methodist congregation was established in Bladon by 1820 and built its first chapel in 1843.[3] In 1877 a new chapel was built copying the Early English style of the 13th century.[2] It is now Bladon Methodist Church[4] and belongs to the Oxford Methodist Circuit.[5]

The Parish

The parish includes Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1940–45 and again 1951–55. He was buried in St. Martin's parish churchyard after his death in 1965; his wife Clementine was buried in the same grave after her own death 12 years later.[6]

In 1858 Frances Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough provided a new Gothic Revival building[2] to found a school in Bladon.[7] The building was enlarged in 1890.[2] It was known as the Duchess of Marlborough's school, but in 1937 its ownership was transferred from the Duchy of Marlborough to Bladon parochial church council.[7] In 1940 it was reorganised as a junior school, with senior pupils from Bladon thereafter going to secondary school in Woodstock.[7] Since 1954 the school has been a Church of England primary school.[8]

Amenities

Bladon Tea Room

Bladon has one public house, the White House, controlled by Greene King Brewery. Bladon has also a tea shop, which is next to the Methodist Church.

Air accident

There was an air accident at Bladon on 15 January 2010 at 1400 GMT. A Piper PA-31 Navajo was approaching Oxford Airport when it crashed into a field near the A4095 in Bladon. The two people on board were killed and the aircraft caught fire. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.[9]

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External links

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