About Somerton Village
It’s situation in North Oxfordshire on the edge of the Cotswolds and close to good road and rail connections, at Lower Heyford and two mainline stations in Bicester, help give it an enviable reputation as a desirable place to live. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 305.
The village has an active social life with regular events organised by the Social Club, an active History group, Bell ringing, Film Club, Quilters, a Womens Interest group (SWIG) meets monthly with various speakers and activities. The Village Produce show is held in the Barnes Memorial village hall each September.
St. James’ parish is part of the Cherwell Valley Benefice along with five other parishes; Ardley, Fritwell, Lower Heyford, Souldern and Upper Heyford and holds regular services on 3 Sundays in the month, and a Sunday school once a month.
Shopping & Entertainment
The fast-expanding town of Bicester is only fifteen minutes away (about 7.2 miles) and provides a full range of shopping, educational and sporting facilities and a 7 screen Multiplex Vue cinema as well as the world renowned retail outlet; Bicester Village. There are excellent road connections at Bicester with junction 10 of the M40 and the A34.
The village of Somerton itself is protected from new development. Its tranquil setting takes you back into a bygone world and it has always been very rural in character being bordered by several farms.
Just a few miles south of Somerton is Heyford railway station, a very small unstaffed station on the Oxford – Coventry Line in Lower Heyford. It is managed by Great Western Railway.
There are two railway stations in nearby Bicester; Bicester North (London to Marylebone roughly 43 mins, or north to Birmingham International; 65 mins) and Bicester Village Station (formerly Bicester Town) with trains to London and in the other direction to the new station of Oxford Parkway and Oxford mainline station.
Just 15 Minutes’ drive away is Bicester Heritage, the UK’s first park for the restoration, storage and enjoyment of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aircraft. Situated on the old RAF Bicester Airfield, the buildings have various preservation orders on them and the airfield itself is a World Heritage Site that also helps to protect the surrounding green belt.
Cycling & Walks
There are many public footpaths for interesting local walks. Please note: care should be taken when walking especially with dogs though fields where there are cows and especially when they are with calves as they can feel threatened and become aggressive.
It’s also a popular area for cyclists due to its gently undulating country roads winding between other pretty villages; Circular route Somerton, The Heyfords Steeple Aston, North Aston, Somerton.
Within an approx. 20 mile radius you have Rousham House & gardens laid out by John Kent, the University City of Oxford, the ancient town of Woodstock with Churchill’s birthplace Blenheim Palace, Waddesdon Manor ancestral home of the Rothschild’s, Stowe school and botanical gardens and the international Grand Prix motor racing circuit of Silverstone.