Buckland, Oxfordshire

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Buckland
Buckland church Oxfordshire.jpg
St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Buckland is located in Oxfordshire
Buckland

 Buckland shown within Oxfordshire
Population553 (parish, including Gainfield) (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU3498
Civil parishBuckland
DistrictVale of White Horse
Shire countyOxfordshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFaringdon
Postcode districtSN7
Dialling code01367
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK ParliamentWantage
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Coordinates: 51°40′44″N 1°30′22″W / 51.679°N 1.506°W / 51.679; -1.506

Buckland
Buckland church Oxfordshire.jpg
St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Buckland is located in Oxfordshire
Buckland

 Buckland shown within Oxfordshire
Population553 (parish, including Gainfield) (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU3498
Civil parishBuckland
DistrictVale of White Horse
Shire countyOxfordshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFaringdon
Postcode districtSN7
Dialling code01367
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK ParliamentWantage
List of places: UK • England • Oxfordshire

Buckland is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Faringdon[2] in the Vale of White Horse District. Buckland was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

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Character and geography

Buckland is an estate village,[3] created to house those working at Buckland House.[4]

The River Thames forms the northern boundary of the parish, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village. The parish church of St. Mary the Virgin is at grid reference SU342982 and Buckland House at grid reference SU338981.[4]

The soil of Buckland is a rich, sandy loam with the subsoil consisting of Corallian Beds and Oxford Clay.[5]

History

Early spellings of Buckland included:

The history of Buckland is inextricably linked with that of the manor of Buckland and its owners:

For the later history of the manor, see Buckland House.

Notable buildings

Buckland House

Buckland House is a large Georgian stately home and the manor house of Buckland. It is a masterpiece of Palladian architecture erected by John Wood, the Younger for Sir Robert Throckmorton in 1757.[7]

Other manor houses

Buckland Manor House was the manor house of Buckland until Buckland House was built in 1757 and it was converted into stables.[5] However, in the mid-20th century, the building again became a private house. It was built late in the 16th century and is a two storey eastward facing rectangular block, refaced in Georgian Gothic Revival style.

Barcote Manor or Park is a Tudor Revival house built in 1876 for Lady Theodora Guest. She sold it to the millionaire, William West, Director of the Great Western Railway, in 1881. It later became a boarding school, the Barcote School of Coaching, and has now been converted into flats.[10] A previous building on the site was the home of the Holcott family from 1230 to 1586.[5]

Carswell House is a gabled building originally built by John Southby, both JP and MP for Berkshire, in the early 17th century. Major additions were added in the Victorian period. The Southbys lived on the site from 1584 to 1892.[5]

Churches

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin is largely a 12th century building, with 13th century chancel, tower and transepts and some minor Victorian additions. The main north and south nave doors are unusual in having a matching pair of Norman arches. In the chancel is a triangular locker containg the heart-burial (1575) of William Holcott of Barcote Manor. He was a staunch Protestant who only just avoided being burnt at the stake by Mary Tudor. After the Reformation, he became a zealous lay preacher, often gracing the pulpit in his "velvet bonnet and damask gown...sometimes with a gold chain". There is a number of 14th century tomb recesses, an inscribed slab with a floriated cross to Dame Felice la Blonde and a number of monuments to the Yates of Buckland Manor, including the brass of John Yate (1578). The church also houses a 14th century octagonal font, a late 12th century Crusader Chest, hatchments to the Throckmortons and bells dating back to 1636. The magnificent Barcote Chapel is famed for its decorative mosaic work (1890–92) to the memory of Clara Jane, wife of William West, of Barcote Manor.[5]

Saint George's Roman Catholic Church is Victorian, built in a 14th century style for the Throckmortons of Buckland House. It consists of a chancel, north chapel, nave, south porch and western bellcote.[5]

Others

The Lamb Inn, Buckland

Statistics

19th and 20th century

Various sources have been collated by the University of Portsmouth and others to give an insight into Buckland in the 19th and 20th centuries. The information quoted is for the civil parish of Buckland as defined at each time period.

The earliest published figure for the population of Buckland is from 1801 (although it is recorded in the 1851 census) at 727 people. The population steadily increased and by 1851, there are 987 people living in Buckland. From here is begins a steady decline and after a further 50 years in 1901, the Buckland population is down to 665 people. It varies a little over the next fifty years but by 1951 is down to 636 people. By 1971, 597 people are recorded in Buckland[16] compared to the 553 recorded in the 2001 census.

In a census taken in 1831, 70.7% of the male Buckland population over 20 were working as labourers and servants. 13.3% of people were small farmers, master and skilled workers. 10.8% were employers and professionals.[17] A more detailed breakdown shows that 54.4% of people were employed as agricultural labourers, 12.9% in retail and handicrafts as well as 8.8% as servants.[18] (Base 249 males aged 20+)

21st century

The United Kingdom Census 2001 recorded 553 people in Buckland civil parish, of whom 292 lived in the village itself.

Literature

In 1774 Henry James Pye, Poet Laureate to George III, wrote the poem Faringdon Hill. Part of it refers to Buckland:

See Buckland here her lovely scenes display,
which rude erewhile in rich disorder lay
til Taste and Genius with corrective hand
spread Culture's nicest vesture o'er the land,
and called each latent beauty to the fight;
clothed the declining slopes with pendant wood,
and o'er the sedge grown meadows poured the floor.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Neighbourhood statistics". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=798716&c=SN7+8QS&d=16&e=15&g=481389&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1221348550406&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, 1870-72, page not cited
  3. ^ "Visit Vale website: Villages In The Vale". http://www.visitvale.com/site/villages. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Buckland House, Oxfordshire Summary". Parks & Gardens UK. http://www.parksandgardens.ac.uk/component/option,com_parksandgardens/task,site/id,615/Itemid,292/. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 453-456
  6. ^ a b c d Wright, 1966, page not cited
  7. ^ a b Ford, David Nash (2001). "Buckland Park". Royal Berkshire History. http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/buckland_park.html. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ a b c Hamilton, 1868, page not cited
  9. ^ "The Dovecote: History". http://the-dovecote.co.uk/history/history.html. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Barcote Park". Royal Berkshire History. http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/barcote_park.html. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  11. ^ "'Buckland, Square and Post Office c1965'". Francis Frith. http://www.francisfrith.com/search/england/oxfordshire/buckland/photos/buckland_B368024.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  12. ^ "My Vale Information". Vale of White Horse District Council. http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/my_vale/default.asp?id=010014024348. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  13. ^ "James C Penny: Hedges" (PDF). http://media.rightmove.co.uk/35k/34055/34055_111664A_11664_DOC_01_0000.pdf. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  14. ^ a b c "Cotswold Review: The Lamb Inn" (PDF). http://www.thelambatbuckland.co.uk/Lamb%20Inn%20Cotswold%20Review.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  15. ^ "The Mobile Food Guide: The Lamb at Buckland Restaurant Review". http://www.themobilefoodguide.com/select/info16433.php. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  16. ^ "Buckland AP/CP - Total Population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/data_cube_table_page.jsp?data_theme=T_POP&data_cube=N_TPop&u_id=10201548&c_id=10001043&add=N. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  17. ^ "A Vision Of Britain Through Time: Buckland AP/CP - 1831 Occupations By Status". http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/data_cube_table_page.jsp?data_theme=T_SOC&data_cube=N_SOC1831&u_id=10201548&c_id=10001043&add=Y. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  18. ^ "A Vision Of Britain Through Time: Buckland AP/CP - 1831 Occupational Categories". http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/data_cube_table_page.jsp?data_theme=T_IND&data_cube=N_OCC_PAR1831&u_id=10201548&c_id=10001043&add=Y. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 

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