Cheney - the Village and Locality
Close is a select development of spacious individual
homes sited near the heart of the historic village
of Middleton Cheney. Although
technically in Northamptonshire, Middleton Cheney
lies within an Oxfordshire postal district, and
the nearest town is Banbury, almost three miles
to the west.
recent years Middleton Cheney has benefited from
a significant bypass on the neighbouring A422,
and this has saved the heart of this ancient settlement
from the busy traffic that once thundered along
the main road. Although quieter, Middleton Cheney
retains many useful facilities, and is a thriving
and very active community.
connections in the area are excellent. Junction
11 of the M40, linking London with Birmingham,
via Oxford, is just two miles away, and there
are excellent rail connections from Banbury Station,
with direct services to Paddington (via Oxford)
and Marylebone (via Bicester), and to Birmingham
and the south coast. The A34 at Brackley (7 miles)
offers swift connections to the M1 at Northampton.
Middleton Cheney has its own a pre-school and
primary school, and the Chenderit secondary school
is also located within the village. There is a
variety of shops, including a Post Office and
a pharmacy, two popular pubs, a café, a
small supermarket, and several other small concerns.
Middleton Cheney boasts a well-supported Village
Hall and Parish Meeting Rooms, in addition to
a library, doctors' surgery and a busy veterinary
are three churches in the village, The parish
church of All Saints dominates the skyline for
miles around, and is a fine example of early Medieval
architecture. Originally built in 1302, the church
is famed for its association with the Arts &
Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century.
Under the direction of George Gilbert Scott and
the designer William Morris, the ceilings of the
church were painted in 1865. There are also fine
examples of Pre-Raphaelite stained glass by Edward
Burne-Jones, dating from the 1870s. The village
also has a Baptist church and the New Life Community
village supports number of small to medium sized
businesses, including a garage, a classic motorcycle
specialists, a dance school, an automotive repair
specialist, a cookery school, plumbing and heating
engineers, and two professional photographers.
In addition to the 18-hole golf course at Cherwell
Edge, the village of Middleton Cheney is actively
involved in a diverse range of sports. There is
a football club, founded over a century ago, and
the Middleton Cheney Cricket Club also has a ladies
team. There are clubs for lawn tennis, badminton,
bowls, various marshal arts, and the village has
extensive playing fields.
population of Middleton Cheney is just under 3000.
More details of this popular village can be found
on the Parish
further information on the geographical location
of Orchard Close and Middleton Cheney, please
visit our Map page.