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St. Peter's parish church
Alvescot is located in Oxfordshire
 Alvescot shown within Oxfordshire
Population 472 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference
Civil parish Alvescot
District West Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bampton
Postcode district OX18
Dialling code 01993
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Witney
Website Alvescot Parish Council
List of places

Alvescot is a village and civil parish about 1 12 miles (2.4 km) south of Carterton, Oxfordshire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 472.[1]


A Neolithic stone hand axe was found at Alvescot. Petrological analysis in 1940 identified the stone as epidotised tuff from Stake Pass in the Lake District, 230 miles (370 km) to the north. Stone axes from the same source have been found at Kencot, Abingdon, Sutton Courtenay[2] and Minster Lovell.[3]

Church and chapel

Church of England

The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter is cruciform. The font is Norman and 12th- or 13th-century. The north transept and blocked north doorway are early 13th-century. The hoodmould over the south doorway is either late 13th- or early 14th-century, and the south porch was added in the 14th century. In the 15th century the nave was rebuilt and the present Perpendicular Gothic south transept and west tower were built. In the 16th century the south wall of the south transept was rebuilt and the present piscina in the south transept was inserted. St Peter's was restored in 1872 under the direction of the architects William Slater and Richard Carpenter.[4] It is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

The west tower has a Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the third bell in 1859.[7] The Whitechapel Bell Foundry also cast the treble bell in 1985.[7]

St Peter's parish is now part of the Benefice of Shill Valley and Broadshire, which includes also the parishes of Black Bourton, Broadwell, Broughton Poggs, Filkins, Holwell, Kelmscott, Kencot, Langford, Little Faringdon, Shilton and Westwell.[8]


Alvescot used to have a Baptist congregation. Its former chapel is now a private house.[9] There was also a Methodist congregation, but its chapel was demolished in the 1990s.[9]

Economic and social history

In 1873 the East Gloucestershire Railway between Fairford and Witney was opened. It provided Alvescot railway station just outside the village on the road to Black Bourton. The Great Western Railway took over the line in 1890 and British Railways closed it in 1962.


The Plough Inn

Alvescot has a public house, the Plough Inn,[10] and a Church of England infants' school.[11]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Harden 1940, p. 165.
  3. ^ Zeuner 1952, p. 240.
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 421.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Witney & Woodstock Branch: Alvescot
  7. ^ a b c d
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b
  10. ^ The Plough Inn
  11. ^ St. Peter's Church of England Infant School

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