- Kennington, Oxfordshire
Kennington is a
villageand civil parishin the Vale of White HorseDistrict Council area of the English county of Oxfordshire(though it was in Berkshireuntil 1974), just to the south of Oxford. It sits in a narrow stretch of land between the River Thamesand the A34 dual carriageway, and is home to around 4,000 people.
There are several local amenities in the village including three shops, a
post officeand a chemist. The village's public houseis called "The Tandem". It is located near the local health centre. There are two sports fields: Playfield Road and Forest Side.
Playfield has recently been fitted with floodlights to enable training in the evening/night.
The local primary school is St Swithun's
Church of EnglandSchool. The village is in the catchment area for Matthew Arnold secondary school. Matthew Arnold School is not located in the village but a bus service is provided. Chandlings Manor School, an independent co-educational preparatory school, is nearby.
Over the last few years there has been a great increase of building development in the village. This is to allow more housing. The developments are all large houses with large gardens which have been turned into flats. The two exceptions are the new houses at the site of the old
public house"The Scholar Gypsy" (named after the local poet, Matthew Arnold) and flats on the site of the former Kennington Service Station. Recent developments include Strode Court, and Chestnut Place on Kennington Road, to the north of the village. A new development has been completed at the site of Cranbrook House in the south of the village on The Avenue.
The Parish Council was created in 1936. Prior to this date Kennington was divided between
South Hinkseyand Radleyparishes. Until 1 April 1974 the parish formed part of the Abingdon Rural District Council area of Berkshire. Since 1974 it has been part of the Vale of White HorseDistrict Council of the enlarged Oxfordshire. According to the minutes of the October 2007 parish council meeting the chairmen of the parish council since formation have been:
Monty Robinson 1936-37; Samuel Grundy 1937-42; George Kirk 1942-47; George Simpson 1947-59; Reg Jackson 1959-62; Ted Perkins 1962-74; Hettie Perkins 1974-83; Roger Dennett 1983-92; Peter Biggs 1992- to date
* [http://www.kennington.org Kennington Online]
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