Great Haseley

Great Haseley is an attractive little village with thatched stone cottages and many listed buildings. The name is thought to derive from Hazel Ley, meaning a clearing in a Hazel wood.

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At one end of the village, near the church, the attractive Manor House is very prominent. It was built in the 17th century but altered in about 1700. It has a Georgian stable block. In contrast, at the other end of the village in the vicinity of Mill Lane there is a group of very attractive chocolate-box thatched cottages.

The parish church, St. Peter's, dates from about 1200. The three-bay arcades linking the nave with the north and south aisles are in a transitional style from Norman to Early English Gothic, as is an external doorway that has been re-set on the west side of the bell-tower.

Just to the north of the village, and visible from the A329, is a tower mill, Great Haseley (or Milton Common) Mill. It is thought the mill ended its working life in the early 1900s and consequently a lot of deterioration has taken place. However the mill is being restored by a restoration trust.

A number of locations in the village, and also at nearby Little Haseley, have been featured in the well-known television series Midsomer Murders.

Great Haseley is south of the A329 Shillingford to Thame road, about three quarters of a mile south of junction 7 of the M40 motorway.

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