Beckley and Stowood, Oxfordshire

We hope that visitors to this site will find it both useful and enjoyable. The purpose of the site is to provide an insight into the village and the activities which go on in and around the parish. Further links and information will be added as time goes by and all suggestions to improve the site are most welcome.

Beckley and Stowood is a small, quiet parish situated in Oxfordshire, England. We have a fine church, The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in stone in 1150 in the late Norman style replacing the original Saxon building that was made of wood.

The village still retains much of its original character, and is set in rolling countryside with outstanding views over Otmoor and the Oxfordshire countryside.

The village suggests roots back to Roman times with a Roman road now called Sand Path, and there is a reference to the village in the Doomsday Book, where it is listed as Bechelie, Oxenefscire.

The total number of people on the electoral roll is around 470.

The Beckley & Area Community Benefit Society (BACBS) that owns The Abingdon Arms pub in Beckley have compiled a set of 12 walks in and around Beckley and the neighbouring villages. The walks are published on the BACBS website at The walks are also available as a booklet, together with a Yellow Walks Maps map, from the following outlets:

  • The Abingdon Arms, Beckley
  • The Village Shop, Stanton St John
  • Rectory Farm Shop, Stanton St John
  • The
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