Adderbury with Milton Oxfordshire Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Adderbury, Atterbury, East Adderbury

Other places in the parish: East Adderbury, Barford St. John, Bodicot, Milton, West Adderbury

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1598
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1670

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Adderbury with Milton

  • Bodicote
  • Bloxham
  • Kings Sutton
  • Deddington
  • Barford St John
  • Warkworth
  • Aynhoe

Historical Descriptions

Adderbury

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Adderbury, East (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Banbury, hundred of Bloxham, county of Oxford, 3 miles (N by E) from Deddington; containing, with the township of West Adderbury, and the hamlets of Barford St. John, Bodicott, and Milton, 2525 inhabitants. This place, in Domesday book called Edburgberic, probably derived its name from St. Edbuegh, to whom many religious establishments in this part of the county were dedicated: in the court rolls of New College, to which the lordship belongs, it is written “Ebberbury”; and Henry de Knyghton relates that, by a council of bishops held at Oxford, a blasphemous impostor, condemned for assuming the name and pretending to the wounds of Christ, was crucified at “Abberbury” now Adderbury. The parish comprises about 5900 acres, of which 1120 are in West Adderbury, 1240 in Bodicott, 800 in Milton, and 700 in Barford St. John. In the eastern part of the village stood a magnificent ancient mansion, belonging to the Duke of Argyle, afterwards the residence of the Earl of Rochester, and of which the remains are now incorporated with a modern seat. The living is a vicarage, valued in the King’s books at £21. 4. 9½ .; net income, £818; patrons and appropriators, Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford. The church, situated on elevated ground, is a handsome cruciform structure, in the early and decorated English styles, with a massive square tower strengthened by angular buttresses, and crowned with a pierced parapet, from within which rises an octagonal spire, having at the base four octagonal pyramids surmounted with vanes: between the north transept and the east end of the chancel is an octagonal turret, crowned with battlements. The chancel, which is of beautiful proportions, and built by William of Wykeham, is lighted by windows of elegant design, though much defaced by the insertion of mullions: part of the ancient rood-loft, of exquisite workmanship, is remaining; also some fine tracery at the east end; and the whole of the interior is replete with rich details, interspersed with grotesque ornaments. In each of the hamlets of Bodicott and Barford St. John is a church, both ancient structures, supposed to have been erected in the fourteenth century; and the old parsonage, now a farm-house, retains much of the original character. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; and some endowments have been left for the instruction of children.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

ADDERBURY (East), a parish in the hund. of Bloxham, union of Banbury, county of Oxford; 2 1/2 miles north by east from Deddington, and 78 from London, on the post-road from Bicester to Banbury. It comprises the chapelries of Little Barford, or Barford-St-John, and Badicott, the townships of East and West Adderbury, and the hamlet of Milton. Living, a vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Oxford; rated at £21 4s. 9 1/2 d.; gross income £821; and in the patronage of New college, Oxford. The impropriate and vicarial tithes, the property of New college, Oxford, and the vicar, were commuted in 1766; those of Little Barford in 1793. The church is a fine Gothic structure, with a lofty steeple. There are also three dissenting chapels. There is a school here, founded In 1589. About £215 are appropriated from the rents of the feoffees lands, to the relief of the poor. The Oxford canal, and the Cherwell, pass through this parish. Pop., in 1821, 2,277 in 1831, 2,473. Houses 491. Acres 6,380. A. P. £4,705. Poor rates, in 1837, £458. In the reign of Charles I., Adderbury gave the title of baron to Wilmot, earl of Rochester.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

West Adderbury

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Adderbury, West, a township, in the parish of East Adderbury, union of Banbury, hundred of Bloxham, county of Oxford, 2 miles (N.) from Deddington; comprising about 1120 acres, and containing 442 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

ADDERBURY (West), a township in East Adderbury parish; 2 miles north from Deddington. Pop., in 1801, 326; in 1831, 397. Houses 95. A. P. £2,748. Poor rates, in 1837, £216.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.

Milton

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Milton, 13 m. S.W. East-Adderbury. P. 168.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Administration

  • County: Oxfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Banbury
  • Probate Court: Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and the Archdeaconry of Oxford
  • Diocese: Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Deddington
  • Poor Law Union: Banbury
  • Hundred: Bloxham
  • Province: Canterbury
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