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Bourtons Parish comprises of the villages of Great Bourton and Little Bourton. The parish lies across a ridge which runs south from the Burton Dassett Hills to just north of Banbury. Ironstone rock caps the ridge with Middle Lias clays and sands the dominating the geology of the area. The landscape is largely classified as Upstanding Village Farmland, with Clay Vale on the lower slopes.

The Bourtons are located north of Banbury in Oxfordshire, England. Great Bourton is about 3 miles (5 km) north of Banbury and about 1 mile north of Little Bourton. The villages enjoy views over the Cherwell Valley, and easy access to London, Oxford and Birmingham via the M40 (junction 11 at Banbury; junction 12 at Gaydon) and by train from Banbury. Access to the Oxford to Coventry Canal is at nearby Cropredy.

You can read more about the Bourtons’ history here: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/oxon/vol10/pp175-184

The Bourtons areas, 1968.


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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A small village in the parish of the Bourtons which is within walking distance of Banbury. Some people who have moved away, have moved back again the following year, because they missed this friendly community so much.

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