Freeland's unusual name is derived from the common Old English word fyrth, meaning a wood, and the community developed from a medieval freehold which, by the 16th century, was called Frithlands.
At one end of the village is the village green and this is thought to have been where Frithlands was located. On the village green is an old pump.
A little further north is the village centre where the parish church, a Methodist church, the village pub and the village hall can be found.
The parish church is the 19th century Church of St. Mary the Virgin which has 13th century-style wall paintings of Jesus' Passion and Transfiguration.
Freeland is down a lane to the south of the A4095 about midway between Witney and the village of Bladon.