Buscot lies close to the River Thames, 4 miles north-west from Faringdon on the road to Lechlade. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 173. The village is part of the Buscot and Coleshill Estate, which totals some 7,500 acres comprising of 11 farms, 290 acres of in hand woodland, and 550 acres of woodland let to the Forestry Commission. The estate, including the villages of Buscot, Coleshill and Eaton Hastings is now almost entirely owned by the National Trust (only 4 houses are in private ownership), a total of 151 cottages. The village was recorded in the Domesday Book 1086 as Boroardescote (possibly OE/Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘Town-guardian’s cottage’). Later variations of the name were Burwardescota, Burwardescote, Burwardestok, Burwardscott, Burscote, and finally Buscot by 1736.²
c.1920. Buscot Park House, from the north east showing the rose beds. This is the house in the time of the first Lord Faringdon before the alterations. The second Lord Faringdon altered the house drastically by demolishing the wings and many of the servants’ quarters, which made the house much smaller.1906. Wedding at Buscot Park Lodge. The Argent family at the wedding of Bessie Argent to George Grine. Left to right: Tom Argent, head forester for Lord Faringdon at Buscot Park; seated next is his wife who is holding Charlie Argent, the youngest of the family; seated in the front is Cyril Argent who, on the death of his father, became head forester for the estate.
1931 Buscot Park outing to Bournemouth, taken at Bournemouth. Left to right: Bert Dancy, the estate carpenter; Tommy Clare in the white coat, proprietor of Eagle Coaches; Gladys Davis; Mrs Ruth Argent, the wife of the head forester; Margaret Dancy, Bert’s wife; Rev. Erward, Vicar of Buscot; a boy Edwards in front; Freddie Harris; behind him Mr Cyril Argent, the head forester; Mr Harry Sharps; in front of him Ernie Savory; Chum Hammond in a flat cap; Jeff Dancy, son of Bert and also a carpenter on the estate; Stan Sharps; Sid Rouse, carpenter; Rowland Dancy, son of Bert.
Early 1920s. Buscot Park stable yard. The photograph shows the entrance to the various coach houses with estate workers’ flats above. The clock tower strikes the hours and only has a single hand. The entrance to the gardens is through the central doorway by the trap. The man standing by the bicycle is Thomas Argent, head forester.
1. Photos and text scanned directly from The Changing Faces of Faringdon and Surrounding Villages – Book 1 p97-99 by Rosemary Church, Jim Brown, Millie Bryan and Beryl Newman. Robert Boyd Publications 1999 – now out of print.
2. The English Place-Name Society – https://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/browse/Berkshire/Buscot/53282e4fb47fc407ba001b3a-Buscot and also useful search page – https://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/search