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About Thorpe Mandeville

View from Banbury Lane, Thorpe Mandeville

Banbury Lane, Thorpe Mandeville

Set in the rolling hillsides of south-west Northamptonshire, six miles north-east of Banbury and its M40 motorway junction, the small rural parish comprises about 1030 acres (417 hectares). The short, west boundary borders Oxfordshire.

The hamlet of Lower Thorpe in a valley to the north-east of the village has been devastated by the onset of the HS2 railway.

When visiting the village use postcode OX17 2EY for directions. A Google map of the parish can be found on the Contact Us page.

The Warren, Thorpe Mandeville

Parishioners' livelihoods were previously centred on rural activities but whilst farming continues, the village is now primarily a base for commuters and the retired.

The village may have originated as a Danish settlement - Thorpe is an Old Norse name for a village. (Mandeville is a corruption of Amundeville – Richard de Amundeville was lord of the manor during the thirteenth century.) The population has not altered greatly in recent centuries, rarely exceeding 200.

Thorpe Mandeville Manor

The village stands on a former drovers' route, 'Banbury Lane,' and The Three Conies Inn is a former drovers' inn with a long history. Further information regarding the history of the village may be found on the independent website www.thorpe-mandeville.co.uk .

The manor house probably dates from circa 1700.

The Ox Yard, Thorpe Mandeville