- Start: 5.4 miles from Bloxham
- Length of walk: 2.9 miles (4.7km)
- Mostly flat
- Dog friendly
This information is mainly drawn from Wikipedia:
Evidence of early settlement include a Bronze Age barrow and Roman mosaic floors from the 3C.
The village was founded in Anglo-Saxon times and its ownership was linked to St Albans Abbey
Unlike neighbouring Lttle Tew it had its own church and in Old English Cyrictiwa means “Church Tew
William the Conqueror granted the manor to his step-brother and it is recorded amongst Odo’s estates in the Domesday Book. The present parish church dates back to Norman times but has been substantially rebuilt since then.
The cottages and houses, mostly thatched , date back to the 17C and are built from the local ironstone from the Great Tew quarry.
In the late 1700s the estate was bought by George Stratton, who had made a fortune in the East India Company. He had the dilapidated manor house demolished and engaged garden designer John Loudon who contributed much to the delightful appearance of the village and of Great Tew Park.
In 1815-1816 the son of the Birmingham manufacturer Matthew Boulton bought the Great Tew estate. Innovations in the middle of the 19C included a saw-mill powered by a beam engine of which the engine house and tall chimney still survive.
In 1914 the family died without heirs and for fifty years its properties became unoccupied and derelict.
In 1962 Major Eustace Robb inherited the estate and declared he would restore its prosperity but little improvement was seen but its subsequent owners, the Johnson family, have worked hard to restore the village.
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- Start at the car-park. Turn Left down the lane then Right into Old Road near the post office.
- Turn left immediately after the pub and basically keep heading East
- Keep right on
- Care here – there are footpaths in 5 directions! You want the bridleway that is straight ahead.
- Follow the field around towards Hobbshole farm.
- Skirt the edge of Hobbshole farm.
- Keep to the bridleway
- Keep to the bridleway
- Arrive at the Gt Tew to Ledwell Road just outside Ledwell. Turn right to head West back towards Great Tew
- Keep going (West) You reach a junction where you can see the Manor House and ahead the local cricket ground.
- Turn right and head (N) along New Road . St Michael’s Church is to your right just a little way down. There is a small lane past the front of the Manor house if you want a small diversion before heading back to the car-park
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Ordnance survey maps
You need OS Map 191
You can get an online OS map here.