Great Coxwell

Great Coxwell is situated 2 miles south-west of Faringdon. The 2001 Census recorded the parish’s population as 274. Cocheswelle is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and later records show it as Magna Cokeswell, Cokeswylle and Cokyswell. The name possibly derives from the OE/Anglo-Saxon cock or coch, which means ‘from the hills’, by a family that took that name and had spring here, wella meaning ‘spring or stream’. The village lies at the head of a tributary of the River Cole, which drains into the Thames just below Lechlade.

Great Coxwell Aerial

An aerial photograph of the village taken from somewhere above the church. In the centre of the photograph, facing the camera, is a house called Crowdys. To the left of Crowdys is Green’s farmhouse and then the Royal Oak public house (1903/Edward Hawkes – 1935/Harold Hunter and now closed). Landlords have been recorded at the pub from 1903 Edward Hawkes to 1935 Harold Hunter. Behind the pub is Pear Tree Farm.

Great Coxwell C1910

c.1910. The first building on the left-hand side was, until recently, the village Post Office. At one time it was a public house and the stone flagstones inside showed the wear of having barrels dragged through into the tap room.

Great Coxwell C1920

c1920. Looking up into the village from Green’s Farm on the left.

Great Coxwell Pear Tree Farmhouse C1935

c.1935. Pear Tree farmhouse. The strange looking car in the garden is Alldays and Onion’s, but at this time it belonged to a man from London. The church tower of St. Giles’ can be seen in the background.

Great Coxwell Great Barn C1905

c.1905. The Great Barn belonging to the Cistercian monks who lived in the farmhouse. It was a Grange belonging to Beaulieu Abbey. The doorway on the side is the original one, the other is a modern alteration. The doorways at the ends of the building were inserted to accommodate the use of the wagons when the building was used as a farm barn. More on The Great Barn…


  1. Photos and text scanned directly from The Changing Faces of Faringdon and Surrounding Villages – Book 1 p102-104 by Rosemary Church, Jim Brown, Millie Bryan and Beryl Newman. Robert Boyd Publications 1999 – now out of print.
  2. The English Place-Name Society search page – https://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/search


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