Bledington is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, located about six miles south-west of Chipping Norton. A civil parish in the United Kingdom is a unit of local government. History See also History of Gloucestershire Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Chipping Norton is a Town in the West Oxfordshire Distrcit of Oxfordshire, England, located north west of Oxford. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 503.
Bledington is famed for its ducks which live all around the brook and village green; traffic through the village is warned of "ducks crossing".
The village won the Community category of the 2004 Calor Gloucestershire village of the year. Calor is the Latin word for 'heat' In medical teaching 'calor' is one of the four classical signs of Inflammation. The judges "were very impressed with the amount of activity in the community, considering the fact that the population is under 400. Its ability to run a large number of community events, ranging from the annual village fete to two flower shows and a music festival is impressive – as is the range of activities which take place in the village hall. We were also impressed with the provision the village makes for older people through the local church’s Care Committee and with the fact that it supports a village shop. "
Bledington has a small primary school. See also Primary education A primary school (from French école primaire) is an institution where children receive the first stage of Compulsory
Bledington Primary School Old Burford Road, Bledington, Chipping Norton,Oxon,OX7 6AG is a state primary school within the North Cotswold area of Gloucestershire County Council Education Authority. It is an all ability, co-educational day school for children aged between four and eleven years, with accommodation for approximately eighty children. There has been a school in the village since the 1830s but the present building came into existence in 1876 when it began life as a board school. In January 2004 a large hall was added to the premises to be used as a sports hall, dining room and for assemblies, plays and other functions. It also incorporates a new kitchen while the old kitchen has been converted into a staff room. Bledington school is constantly chaging the new hall and new equipment being brought is benefiting the children tremendously.
The village is a short walk from Kingham station which has trains running to Oxford, London and Worcester. Kingham railway station serves the village of Kingham in Oxfordshire, England. Oxford is currently bidding for the 2010 Wikimania Conference Oxford () is a city, and the County town of Oxfordshire, London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Worcester (ˈwʊstə is a city and County town of Worcestershire, in the West Midlands of England.
The river Evenlode runs past the village. The River Evenlode is a river in England which is a Tributary of the Thames in Oxfordshire.
The 16th century King's Head Inn pub, overlooking the village green, was awarded Dining Pub of the Year by the Good Pub Guide in 2001, and also provides accommodation. A village green is a common open area which is a part of a settlement Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar.
Bledington's small village shop closed in 2006. "Corner shop" redirects here For the British band see Cornershop. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
Bledington is associated with the 'Bledington Tradition' style of Morris dance. A morris dance is a form of English Folk dance usually accompanied by music
The history of Bledington (1066-1914) was chronicled by M. K. Ashby in her book The Changing English Village. MK Ashby ( 1892 &ndash 1975 (Mabel Kathleen was an educationalist writer and historian born in Tysoe Warwickshire
In 2007, flooding in Bledington affected many houses on the green as well as the Kings Head public house.
Elrington, C. R. (1965). A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 6, 27-33.