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Eynsham Village
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Eynsham is a typical small market town in the Cotswolds, just 8 miles (13 km) from the City of Oxford. It lies between two tributaries of the River Thames, the Windrush and the Evenlode, surrounded by delightful river meadow countryside.
 
Although an important source of employment is sited on the outskirts of the town, Eynsham still retains its charm.  It was an ancient Anglo-Saxon settlement that grew up around a Benedictine abbey which was later ruined during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
 
Most of the town’s ancient houses are built of stone taken from the local abbey.  The heart of town is Market Square which has a 14th-century cross and an arcaded market hall.  Several coaching inns providing refreshment and accommodation face the Square reminding us that Eynsham was an important stop on the London to Fishguard (Wales) trunk road.
 
Swinford Toll Bridge
An ever present reminder of Eynsham’s place on a major route is the picturesque Swinford Toll Bridge across the Thames.  For locals it is a source of peak-hour angst but for tourists it is another delightful reminder of Old England.
 
The source of the River Thames is deep in the Cotswolds at Seven Springs.  It winds across the flood plain of the upper Thames Valley on its way to London.  This mighty river was made navigable as far up as Lechlade-upon-Thames by the building of St John’s Lock in 1790.
 
Eynsham Lock is about ½ a mile (.8kms) from the town and can be easily seen from Swinford Toll Bridge.  It is a pleasant spot to visit and you may be lucky enough to see otters at play.  However, there is really no car-parking nearby unless you're a customer at the Talbot Inn (not a bad idea!).
 
There are many fine walks in the area along the Thames Path.  We recommend visiting the Oxfordshire County Council website for details  Web: Eynsham Walks.
 
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Traditional Morris Dancing
A number of traditional activities flourish in the community and Morris Dancing is one of them. Eynsham Morris performs on a regular basis at The White Hart, Eynsham.   Web:  Eynsham Morris
 
Many of the delightful Cotswold market towns are ‘on the tourist map’ and consequently crowded with visitors during the summer months.  This little town is close to Oxford and conveniently located for visiting Blenheim Palace, Bladon Village and Woodstock yet not flooded with visitors.  It is worth a look.
 
Like many of the progressive villages in England, Eynsham has its own local websites. They will give you information regarding what’s on and where, local travel information (including from Oxford) and local .pdf maps showing car parks, services and of course pubs and eateries.
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
Eynsham is some 8 miles (13 km) west of Oxford on the A40 towards Witney. For public transport details, please refer to the  Eynsham websites listed at 'Contact & Further Information' above.
 
Google Map - Eynsham Village