The little village of Oddington is on the north-west edge of Otmoor. Oddington is one of the Seven Towns Of Otmoor, the other "towns" being Beckley, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Horton-cum-Studley, Noke, Murcott and Fencott. Before Enclosure in the early 1800s any cottager who lived in one of the ‘Seven Towns’ had right of grazing for their cattle, sheep and geese on the moor.

The village church, the Grade II* listed Church of St. Andrew, dates from the late 13th century and early 14th century although major restoration was carried out in the 19th century. Full information about St. Andrew's Church can be found here.

At the west end of the church is a large pietà decorated with Maori totems, created as a memorial to Maori servicemen killed in the First World War. The churchyard too has a Maori connection in the form of the grave of a Maori princess, Maggie Papakura, who lived in the village as Mrs Staples-Brown. In the churchyard too is a 14th century preaching cross.

Oddington is about 5 miles south of Bicester and 3 miles east of Kidlington.


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