Three historical locations in this area that are worth visiting are Conduit House on Harcourt Hill (exterior only), St Lawrence’s Church in North Hinksey, and the Commonwealth War Graves at Botley Cemetery.
Beyond that there are a wide range of other smaller historical sites which are easily overlooked, and not necessarily open to the public. Many of these are located in North Hinksey Village, Old Botley Village, Dean Court and Botley Pound which were the main inhabited areas pre-20th century.
The following websites can help you to locate and find out more about them:
- British Listed Buildings website contains a number of entries for North Hinksey, but the easiest way to locate other listed buildings in the area is by zooming in on their map.
- English Heritage have three separate websites offering useful information and images relevant to this topic. Images of England shows recent photographs of historic buildings and monuments, Pastscape gives a wider range of information and includes archaeological sites, and the National Heritage List (which appears to cover similar ground to Pastscape) shows the information in a different format.
Although the above websites will point you in the direction of the Old Manor and Ruskin’s Cottage in North Hinksey, amongst others, there are many more buildings of historical interest that don’t appear on them. One of our favourites is the pair of brick cottages standing at numbers 24 and 26 Eynsham Road which feature a stone carving of the Earl of Abingdon and the date 1879 on the front wall. Chawley Brick Works (owned by the Earl of Abingdon) had a narrow gauge railway running from the top of Cumnor Hill to the back of this property where they dried newly made tiles. Photographs of a number of historic sites, including these cottages, appear in our Historic sites in Botley & North Hinksey collection on the Flickr website.