sits on the top of a hill about three miles to the south
west of Oxford. The hill is part of the extensive Midvale Ridge
and the ground gradually drops down towards the River
Thames about a mile away to the west. To the north the
ground drops more steeply towards the small village of Farmoor and from the road the
Reservoir is very prominent.
name means a hill slope belonging to Cuma, an 8th century
abbot of Abingdon. Just to the south west of the present
churchyard stood Cumnor Place, one of the wealthiest and
grandest granges of Abbingdon Abbey. Cumnor Place was
demolished in the 19th century and all that remains is
a small wall, some steps and what was probably once a
hearth for a fire!
Michael's Church, parts of which date from the 12th century,
stands in the centre of the village.
is about three miles to the south-west of Oxford, just off the busy A420 Oxford to Swindon