Fyfield and Tubney
Fyfield is a very small village
lying just off the busy A420 Oxford to Swindon road and is centred on St.
Nicholas's Chuch and the old Manor house.
the west end of the nave of St.
Nicholas's dates from the 13th century,
much of the church was rebuilt in the 14th century. The
north arcade was rebuilt in the 15th century and the lower
part of the west tower was perhaps built at the same period,
but the octagonal upper stages are modern.
of Fyfield Manor House is 14th century and the upper part
of the hall block is Elizabethan. The house was restored
front of the church and manor house is a small green with
some attractive trees where, within memory, stood the
"White Hart" pub in the village was formerly a chantry
house and was built in the 15th century.
Tubney is now not really a village and the houses
there are very scattered. In fact it is a "lost
village". So perhaps
Tubney should not really be included in this Oxfordshire
showcase, but I've been there and photographed it, so why not? Most of the houses that make Tubney a settlement
today are along a lane that links the A420 Oxford to Swindon road with the A338
Wantage road near the Frilford
Heath Golf Club. Many of these houses are large and
set well back from the road. It
would appear that the centre of the village used to be around
the junction with the narrow lane that leads to the parish
church on the A420, and around here there are two or three attractive
old thatched houses.
The church, St. Lawrence's, was built by Augustus Pugin who was the leading figure in the revival of the Gothic style which became increasingly important throughout the nineteenth century and gradually replaced Classical styles in popularity. Pugin was a Roman Catholic and most of the church buildings he built were Roman Catholic. St. Lawrence's Church in Tubney was in fact his only Anglican church and was consecrated in 1847.
manor house in Tubney belongs to Oxford University and Tubney House is
the home of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
Fyfield is just off the busy A420 Oxford to Swindon road about
a mile east of Kingston