Kidmore End and Gallowstree Common
(South Oxfordshire)

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Kidmore End and Gallowstree Common

Kidmore End is a pleasant Chilterns village with most of its houses grouped around the church and the crossroads. The parish church is the Church of St. John The Baptist - a Victorian church with a high dome above the alter. In the graveyard are the obligatory yews, and here they are magnificant. Those over the gateway in particular! Adjacent to the church is the village school, which was established in 1862.

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A landmark in Kidmore End is the late C19 well with its pyramidal wood shingle roof standing in the centre of the road junction outside the church. Although it is no longer used it is in extremely good condition having been saved from demolition more than once in its lifetime. In all, there are some sixteen listed buildings in and around the village including various cottages and farmhouses.

Gallowstree Common is named after on oak tree that used to stand away from other trees and was used, as its name implies, as a gallows. It is thought that the last hanging was in 1825 for sheep stealing. The tree no longer stands and its stump was removed at the time of the village enclosure.

Gallowstree Common also has its well and the wellhouse is a listed building with low red brick and flint-panelled walls. One side of the wellhouse is completely open for access to the well and its iron winding gear. There are two listed buildings in Gallowstree Common, the other one being The Orchards, which is a Grade II brick and timber framed house with parts of it dating from the C17.

The area around Kidmore End and Gallowstree Common used to be well-known for its cherry orchards.

Kidmore End and Gallowstree Common are about half a mile north of the Reading to Wallingford road, the A4074, and a similar distance south-west of Sonning Common.

Images of Kidmore End:
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Kidmore End 4
Kidmore End 5
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Images of Gallowstree Common:
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Gallowstree Common 1
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