Cuddesdon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Oxfordshire. Denton is a chapelry of Cuddesdon.

Other places in the parish include: Chippinghurst, Chibnosse, and Chibnesse.

Alternative names: Cuddesden, Cuddesdon and Wheatley

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1541
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1724

Nonconformists include:

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CUDDESDEN, a village and a parish in Headington district, Oxfordshire. The village stands near the river Thame, 1½ mile S of Wheatley r. station, and 6 SE by E of Oxford; and has a post-office under Oxford. Pop., 384. Houses, 73. The parish includes also the hamlets of Wheatley, Denton, and Chippinghurst. Acres, 2, 689. Real property, £7, 204. Pop., 1, 591. Houses, 348. The property is divided among a few. Cuddesden Palace is the seat of the Bishops of Oxford; sprang from a timber structure, erected in 1635 by Bishop Bancroft, and destroyed in 1644 by the royalist governor of Oxford, to prevent it from being garrisoned by the parliamentarians; and is a plain edifice, built in 1679 by Bishop Fell. The chapel connected with it is in the decorated English style; and was built, in 1846, by Bishop Wilberforce. The ecclesiastical training college, opposite the Palace, is also in the decorated English style; was opened in 1854; and contains a common hall, a dining hall, a chapel, and rooms for a vice-principal and 21 students. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £260. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church is cruciform, with massive central tower; was built at the period of transition from Norman to early English; shows fine features of that period; and contains the grave of Bishop Bancroft, and mural monuments of Bishops Moss and Jackson. The churchyard has a touching epitaph on a daughter of Bishop Lowth. The p. curacy of Wheatley is a separate benefice. An endowed school has £45; and other charities £49.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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

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