Place:Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire, England

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NameDrayton St. Leonard
Alt namesDrayton (near Wallingford)source: alternate name
Draytonsource: alternate name
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.663°N 1.138°W
Located inOxfordshire, England
See alsoDorchester Hundred, Oxfordshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: As well as Drayton St. Leonard or Drayton (near Wallingford) as it is sometimes called, there is also another village named Drayton only 8 miles away to the west. This second Drayton is known as Drayton (near Abingdon) and was located in Berkshire until 1974. There is yet a further Drayton in the north of Oxfordshire which is named Drayton (near Banbury). Do check your sources.


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Drayton St. Leonard is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, England. It is located on the River Thame, about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Oxford. It is about midway on a minor road between Dorchester on Thames and Stadhampton.

Upon the dissolution of the monasteries (circa 1537-38) Dorchester Abbey surrendered its lands to The Crown and Drayton remained with the Dorchester on Thames estate. By the 18th century the Earl of Abingdon was the principal landowner. In the 19th century the family still held the largest acreage, but Trinity College, Oxford had also become a significant landowner in the parish. Most of the land of the parish was farmed on an open field system until it was enclosed in 1861.

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