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Kidlington is a large village and civil parish between the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal, 5mi north of Oxford and 7+1/2mi southwest of Bicester. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 13,723.HistoryKidlington's toponym is derived from the Old English Cudelinga tun: the tun (settlement) of the "Kidlings" (sons) of Cydel-hence. The Domesday Book in 1086 records Chedelintone, and by 1214 the spelling Kedelinton appears in a Calendar of Bodleian Charters.The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin dates from 1220 but there is evidence of a church on the site since AD 1073. St Mary's has fine medieval stained glass and a 220ft spire known as "Our Lady's Needle". It is a Grade I listed building.The tower has a ring of eight bells. Richard III Chandler of Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire cast the seventh bell in 1700. Abraham I Rudhall of Gloucester cast the tenor bell in 1708 and the fifth bell in 1715. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the treble, second, third, fourth and sixth bells in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.Kidlington is in Oxfordshire. Use our international travel planner: Kidlington and all its delights await.
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