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Witney Town Centre, Witney, Oxfordshire

About Witney

Welcome to the Witney edition of The Oxford Magazine.

Like a few of the former weaving towns in Oxford, Witney, the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, is often placed among the best places to live in Britain.

The market square makes a very persuasive case, with its graceful period architecture from the 17th-century Butter Cross, where local women once gathered to sell butter and eggs to the early-18th century town hall across the street built using stone from quarries at Black Bourton. And, not forgetting the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange.

For some local flavour visit the Wychwood Brewery on weekends to be shown around and to taste the much-loved Hobgoblin brown ale. And also Cogges, a working Victorian manor farm right next to Witney that was the set for ‘Yew Tree Farm’ in Downton Abbey’s 2014 filming. It’s beamed 17th-century barns ooze period charm.


Local news & stories

Planning decisions on HIF projects due “in the next couple of months”
/ Transport

Planning decisions on HIF projects due “in the next couple of months”

The two major road projects, designed to support more than 30,000 new homes in Oxfordshire, have divided opinion and proved challenging to deliver amid budgetary concerns.
Free parking to continue at Witney’s Marriotts Walk after council’s £9m purchase
/ Retail & Leisure

Free parking to continue at Witney’s Marriotts Walk after council’s £9m purchase

The car park is open from 7.00am until 1.00am on Monday to Saturday and from 9.00am until 1.00am (Monday) on Sundays, with shoppers able to park for free for four hours on floors one to six and up to nine hours on the top two levels.
West Oxfordshire District Council has purchased Marriotts Walk in Witney
/ Retail & Leisure

West Oxfordshire District Council has purchased Marriotts Walk in Witney

The purchase forms part of our wider plans to support market towns across the district along with a long-term ambition for the new Salt Cross development to attract major new businesses to the area.
Appeal sees farm get its glamping wagons months after council rejection
/ Government

Appeal sees farm get its glamping wagons months after council rejection

The Lowlands planning committee at West Oxfordshire District Council had initially turned down an application from Church Farm on Church End in South Leigh, for three glamping wagons.
Breaking ground at the new Eynsham park and ride site
/ Transport

Breaking ground celebrated at new Eynsham park and ride site

The park and ride – located on the A40 eastbound in Eynsham – is part of a significant investment in the A40 to deliver better facilities for those walking, cycling and using public transport.
Call to pause work on Eynsham park and ride during A40 project review
/ Transport

Call to pause work on Eynsham park and ride during A40 project review

That was the view of Oxfordshire County Council’s active travel champion Councillor Dan Levy, the Liberal Democrat member who also represents Eynsham.
West Oxfordshire District Taxi operators ask to increase fares
/ Transport

West Oxfordshire District Taxi operators ask to increase fares

More than 20 of the 105 drivers or operators licensed by the district called on the council for the ability to charge more based on inflation and rising fuel costs.
Historic Wychwood Forest Fair returns to Foxburrow Wood in Witney
/ Culture

Historic Wychwood Forest Fair returns to Foxburrow Wood in Witney

The modern fair – complete with axe throwing, excellent beer and great food – is a peaceful, family-friendly event that looks back to its 18th-century origins.
West Oxfordshire District Councillors agree plan to purchase land at Langel Common
/ Community

West Oxfordshire District Councillors agree plan to purchase land at Langel Common

Langel Common is a meadowland situated between Cogges and Witney, containing many historical interests for residents and visitors alike.
The Fox at Oddington to reopen in July
/ Food & Drink

Carole Bamford’s new pub with rooms The Fox at Oddington to reopen in July

The honey-coloured 16th-century building has been carefully renovated to create six beautiful bedrooms and a large restaurant serving traditional pub dishes made with local produce.