Littleworth is situated just north-east of Faringdon, on a turning off the A420 towards Oxford. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 239. The name derives from the Old English/Anglo Saxon worð (worth) meaning an enclosure or settlement. The village or manor has been recorded with a variety of spellings, among them are – Wyrðæ c971, Ordia 1086, Worda c1187, Wurða 1195, Wurth 1241, then Parva Wurth 1242 to distinguish it from Longworth further up the road to Oxford. The Latin word ‘parva‘ eventually got translated into the Old English/Anglo Saxon ‘lȳtel‘ by the peasants.

At the Norman Conquest part of Littleworth was held by Abingdon Abbey and was known as the Tithing of Worth. It included the manors of Wadley, Thrupp and Wicklesham. The other part belonged to Prior and Brethren of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitallers, hence this part of parish was known as the Tithing of Hospital. In 1440 Henry VI gave the whole parish to Oriel College, Oxford. The college kept its holdings until the 20th C. when they were sold piece by piece. The college, however, is still patron of the living of church. The Church of Holy Ascension, was built in 1839, before that the villagers had to walk the two miles to the church in
Faringdon. A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1882. In 1891 a Trade Directory shows that there was a blacksmith, Post Office, two shops and a public house in the parish, of these only the pub remains today.

Littleworth Village Entrance First houses as you enter the older part of the village from the road turning off the A420.

Littleworth Post Office

Houses on the right hand side going into old Littleworth from the A420. The house on the left was a Post Office and shop. The one on the right in the early 19th century was a carpenter and wheelwright business.

Littleworth Wedding 1893< 1893. The Hazell family. Back row – George; Bill; Harry; Tom; Rosa. Middle row – Elizabeth; Charles & May; Ellen & Dick; Mary Anne Ruddle. Front row – Charlie; Emma; Lou; Fan; Ginny; Nev.

Littleworth Wedding 1912> 1912. The wedding of Alfred Hodgkins and May Hazell. Left to right, back row: Janet Hodgkins; Dick Hazell; Sarah Hodgkins; Charles Hazell; Mag Hodgkins. Front row: Alfred Hodgkins; May Hazell.

The Fox and Hounds is a public house situated on the A420 just beyond the turning to the village. The following landlords  have been recorded: 1847 William Sellwood; 1887 Charles Fricker; 1907 Alfred Hodgkins; 1928 Fredk Schiller; 1931 Leonard Benj Harris. So it has been here since at least 1847. The pub was renovated and extended, and reopened as The Snooty Fox on 1st December 2000. It has since been renamed The Snooty Mehmaan (the snooty guest), a revamped pub offering Indian and Thai menus, plus live tribute acts.

Littlworth Fox And Hounds
The Fox and Hounds in about the 1910s.
Fox And Hounds 1963
The Fox and Hounds in 1963 with petrol pumps.
Snooty Fox Inn 2000
The Snooty Fox Inn in 2000.
Snooty Mehmaan 2023
The Snooty Mehmaan in 2023.

During WWII ex-Police Sergeant Simmonds was landlord of the Fox and Hounds, he was formerly stationed at Faringdon. He also sold petrol from his pumps until the closing time of the pub. This practice continued until the 1960’s. Other landlords until it was renovated and renamed in the year 2000 were Bill Wixey and wife, Frank ‘Paddy’ Willis and his wife Milly, Jeff and Audrey Billinge, Mr & Mrs Wills, and finally Mr Ledbury.

The Spotted Cow at Thrupp (1851/Thomas Mayles – 1868/Thomas Sellwood) was also nearby within the parish.


  1. The English Place-Name Society search page – https://epns.nottingham.ac.uk/search
  2. The Changing Faces of Faringdon and Surrounding Villages – Book 2 p85-87 by Rosemary Church, Jim Brown, Millie Bryan and Beryl Newman. Robert Boyd Publications 2001.
  3. The photos were scanned from society archives.

Researched and compiled by Ian Lee, October 2021.


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