About Beckley


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 478.

Discovering Our Medieval Past: Beckley and its hinterland in later Middle Ages

Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Gemmill, Beckley resident and Fellow of Kellog College and Department for Continuing Education, Oxford, on Sunday 10 February 7-8:30pm at The Abingdon Arms.   All are invited - from those who want to learn how to gtrace the history of their house or family - to those who want to be able to offer as much as they can to the data to be presented to both the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway proposal - and the proposal of SODC to take the lower part of Beckley and Stowood Parish out of the Green Belt and buld houses and another road.