Little Bourton

Little Bourton, which has been known as Bourton Parva, is sometimes overlooked. There used to be a Methodist Chapel here which is now a private house.  Also, until quite recently, there was a garage and petrol station which is now a small housing development, named after an early owner of the garage, Pinson Close.

Often overlooked but as interesting as ever

Little Bourton used to have nail-makers’ cottages but it is said they were demolished by order of Parliament because the nail-makers were minting their own coinage, contrary to law.

It used to have a watermill, the site of which you can still find at Slat Mill on the River Cherwell, down Mill Lane and over the railway, past mellow old brick Pewitt Farm, over the canal bridge to the meadow between canal and mill race.  Here a skirmish of the Civil War took place in the 17th Century and Waller’s army looked down into the valley from their encampment between Great and Little Bourton, near what is now Littlegood Farm.  At this farm you can now buy the most flavoursome free-range eggs, and an old farm building, below the farm, has been made into a rural, accessible holiday let cottage, Littlegood Lodge.

  • Sunday School at The Chapel c1910

    Sunday School at The Chapel c1910

  • Traffic on Chapel Lane!

    Traffic on Chapel Lane!

Why do people connect with the village?

If you are travelling on, or walking the towpath of the Oxford Canal, you can moor up near the isolated lock cottage  But since Network Rail closed the railway crossing you can no longer walk up a permissive footpath on a track over the railway, and up a farm track past Park Farm.  Although many of the houses in the village are modern, there are several Hornton ironstone buildings of historical interest.  Park Farm features in “Traditional Domestic Architecture in the Banbury Region” by Raymond B. Wood Jones. (Wykham Books. ISBN 0 9511745 09). In recent years it has been the subject of considerable restoration ,rebuilding and extension to the rear.

As you proceed up Chapel Lane you will pass the village park on the right.  There you can find interesting robinia-wood play equipment in the Little Bourton pocket park/play area and a shelter in which to sit and enjoy overlooking the Cherwell Valley.

People have moved away, and moved back again the following year, because they missed this friendly community so much.

Thanks to Sally Leszczynski for this introduction to Little Bourton.


A place where people settle, and don’t want to move, a place people come back to and a place with history – where some of the old families can still be found, their surnames connected to the village for centuries.

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The Bell in Great Bourton offers meals and a venue for private parties as well as being a great place for local people to meet and enjoy beer from nearby Hook Norton Brewery.

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