Situated on Wendlebury Road in Wendlebury, just off the A41 about 2 miles south-west of Bicester and close to Junction 9 of the M40.  We are handy for Bicester Village,and right next to the Avenue , the Cotswolds and Oxford.  Blenheim Palace is only 20 minutes away.


The Lion
Wendlebury Road
OX25 2PW

Tel 01869 388228


According to, Wendlebury is a village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Bicester and about 0.5 miles (800 m) from Junction 9 of the M40. The village is on a stream that flows through the centre of the village parallel with the main street.

The toponym is derived from Old English, meaning the burh of a Saxon named Wændel.

Before the Norman conquest of England in the 11th century one Asgar held the manor. After the Conquest, William the Conqueror granted Wendlebury to Geoffrey de Mandeville. The manor remained with his heirs, including his grandson of the same name whom King Stephen made 1st Earl of Essex in about 1140. The de Mandeville lineage became extinct upon the death of William FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville, 3rd Earl of Essex in 1227, and its manors including Wendlebury passed toHumphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford in 1236. Henry III made Humphrey Earl of Essex in 1239. Wendlebury remained with the Earls of Hereford and Essex until the death of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford in 1373.

The manor of Wendlebury then consisted of two knight’s fees. After the 7th Earl’s death the manor was divided, with one fee passing to the Earl’s elder daughter Eleanor de Bohun, wife of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. There is no known record to indicate whether the other fee passed to Eleanor’s younger sister Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry Bolingbroke. Eleanor’s half of Wendlebury seems to have passed to Thomas and Eleanor’s daughter Anne of Gloucester, for in 1403 it belonged to Anne’s second husband Edmund Stafford, 5th Earl of Stafford. There is no known record of the overlordship of Wendlebury after 1403, so it seems to have lapsed.

At the time of the Hundred Rolls in 1279, Thame Abbey held five virgates of land at Wendlebury. The abbey seems to have disposed of this land before 1317, as an inventory of its estates at that time makes no mention of Wendlebury.[2] Rewley Abbey was founded in 1281 and by 1293 held at Wendlebury eight virgates of arable land plus 20 acres (8 ha) of meadow. Rewley retained this minor estate until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th centuries, when it passed to Thomas Pope ofWroxton Abbey.

The present manor house was built in the 17th century and remodelled in the 18th century.

Parish church

St, Giles’ nave and north transept viewed from the northwest

The earliest known record of the Church of England parish church of Saint Giles is from early in the 13th century. It was cruciform until 1639, when the south transept was found to be so unsafe that it was demolished.

In 1757 the remainder of the building was found unsafe and in March 1761 everything but the belltowerwas demolished. By September that same year a new nave, chancel and two transepts had been completed, incorporating from the old church general building materials, early Decorated Gothicwindows from about 1300 and a Perpendicular Gothic doorway.

The foundations continued to give trouble and in 1901–02 the medieval tower and 18th century south transept were demolished. At the same time the architect J. Oldrid Scott restored remainder of the building, renewing the roof and installing new seating.The tower had three bells: two cast in the 16th century and the third in 1695.Since the demolition of the tower these have stood in the west end of the nave. The west gable of the nave now has a bell-cot with one bell.

St. Giles’ is now part of the Benefice of Akeman, which includes the parishes of Bletchingdon, Chesterton, Hampton Gay, Kirtlington, Middleton Stoneyand Weston-on-the-Green.

The Old Rectory was built in 1840, replacing an earlier house that had existed by 1634.

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