- Combe, Oxfordshire
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Population 759 (2001 census) OS grid reference Parish Combe District West Oxfordshire Shire county Oxfordshire Region South East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town Witney Postcode district OX29 Dialling code 01993 Police Thames Valley Fire Oxfordshire Ambulance South Central EU Parliament South East England UK Parliament Witney Website Combe community website List of places: UK • England • Oxfordshire
The Church of England parish church of St. Laurence was built in the 12th century. Its interior includes several 15th century wall paintings, including a Doom over the chancel arch. Combe also has a Methodist chapel. Combe House was built in the 16th century and extended in about 1800. It used to be the vicarage.
The Duke of Marlborough's Blenheim estate adjoins the village. The estate's former sawmill, Combe Mill, is now a working museum. It has alternative power sources: a breastshot water wheel that used to be powered by the River Evenlode, and a steam powered rotative beam engine that was added in 1852.
Combe has a public house, the Cock Inn, controlled by Greene King Brewery. It is beside the village green, which is the setting for four of Combe's seasonal festivals: a children's Maypole dance, a Summer Ball, an autumn fun fair in the Autumn and a firework display on Guy Fawkes Night.
Combe has a Women's Institute.
- ^ "Area: Combe CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=798797&c=Combe&d=16&e=15&g=481722&i=1001x1003x1004&o=1&m=0&r=1&s=1268706560343&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 551–552
- ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 552–553
- ^ Combe Mill
- ^ Combe Mill water wheel
- ^ Combe Mill beam engine
- ^ The Cock Inn
- ^ Combe Church of England Primary School
- ^ Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
Sources & further reading
- Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C.R. (eds.); Baggs, A.P.; Blair, W.J.; Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J. et al. (1990). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock. Victoria County History. pp. 75–98. ISBN 0197227740.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 551–553. ISBN 0 14 071045 0.
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