Place:Launton, Oxfordshire, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.893°N 1.116°W
Located inOxfordshire, England
See alsoPloughley Hundred, Oxfordshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Bicester Rural, Oxfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Ploughley Rural, Oxfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1932-1974
Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Launton is a village and civil parish on the eastern outskirts of Bicester in Oxfordshire, England. The 2011 UK census recorded the parish's population as 1,204.


King Edward the Confessor granted the manor of Launton to Westminster Abbey in 1065. The abbey surrendered the manor to the Crown when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, but in 1542 the Crown granted Launton to the abbey's Dean and Chapter. In 1556 Queen Mary I restored the Roman Catholic church in England and Launton was surrendered to the Crown, who restored it to the reinstated abbott and convent of Westminster.

In 1560 Queen Elizabeth I restored the English Reformation and Launton was surrendered to the Crown for a third time, who again granted it to the Dean and Chapter. In 1649 the Commonwealth of England assigned Launton to Westminster School. In 1860 the lands of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster were vested in the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.

The present manor house is 17th-century, with a court room that was re-ordered in the 19th-century. Its farmyard has a 14th- or 15th-century barn of 10 bays with 17th-century roof timbers. It may have been a tithe barn. It is now a Grade II* listed building.

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