If the tiny village of Woodeaton did not have a parish church it would be looked upon as a small hamlet. However it does have a church so a village it is!.

The village is home to Woodeaton Manor School, a secondary school with day/residential provision, which offers a therapeutic and nurturing environment for pupils who have emotional and social difficulties.

The village church is the small, largely unrenovated, medieval Church of the Holy Rood. The church has a rare medieval wall painting which depicts St Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a stream, and also a minstrel's gallery. A 'rood' is a cross or crucifix, especially a large one in a church. For the history and full information about the Church of the Holy Rood click here.

At the centre of the village, by the village green, are the remains of a 13th century Early English style stone cross, and opposite is a structure which reminds me somewhat of a typical pele tower of the type found in Northumberland and Cumbria.

Woodeaton is about 4 miles north-east of the city of Oxford just off the B4027 Forest Hill to Islip road.


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