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Oaksey village lies between the old Roman town of Cirencester, 8 miles to the north east, and the medieval town of Malmesbury about the same distance to the south west. It has 380 inhabitants and the village's main street lies on a low ridge above the Thames valley.
The parish church dates from the 13th century, added to during the 14th and 15th centuries. Its architecture is early English and Perpendicular, and it is notable for its 14th century wall paintings, which were uncovered in 1933. The stained glass of the north window dates from the 15th century. All Saints Church forms part of a group of village churches served by the Rev. Barry Raven.
The church is built in the light coloured limestone of the Cotswolds, as are most of the other buildings in the village, which date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Since the second world war a number of new houses have been added, which in the main, reflect the older architectural tradition of the village.
records of the existence of the village go back to the 11th century. When the Domesday Book was compiled in 1086 the village was known as Wochesie and belonged to Brictric, a Saxon lord during the reign of Edward the confessor. Farming has for centuries been an important source of wealth and employment in the area, but nowadays the mechanisation of farming has resulted in few Oaksey people actually working on the farms which surround the village.
The small, flourishing school caters for over 70 children aged between 4 and 11years. Most children then transfer to secondary school in Malmesbury. The school was built in the middle of the 1800's and has recently been extended.
Our village shop and post office, now owned by the residents of the village is open seven days a week. It is at the heart of our community , where people meet and exchange information and gossip. The other centre of Oaksey village life is our village pub - The Wheatsheaf. Food and drink are available and village activity and news are the general topics of conversation. A warm welcome awaits you.
As mentioned earlier we are fortunate enough to live in an area rich in natural beauty with exceptional leisure facilities close by. In Cotswold Water Park water sports, angling, wild-life, interesting walks and leisure facilities exist side-by-side. Even closer on our own doorstep, we have Oaksey Woods ablaze with blue-bells during May and a joy to walk through even during the winter months. Between Oaksey and the Water Parks we have the unique organic meadows around Clattinger farm with their incredible variety of wild-flowers and protected plants.