Kingham ... a potted guide
Places worth visiting...
Daylesford Farmshop & Cafe
The Mill House Hotel
Kingham is a vibrant village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds about four miles from Chipping Norton which in 2004 was judged by Country Life magazine to be "England's favourite village".
Among the reasons given for the accolade were Kingham's vibrant British Legion club run by villagers, and the popular Plough Inn which was the base for two league teams playing Aunt Sally - described as "the Cotswolds' national sport".
Kingham is fortunate to have its own railway station, located about a mile from the village, which is served by Cotswold Line trains between London Paddington, Oxford, Worcester and Hereford.
As well as having its own primary school, the private Kingham Hill School is a mile-and-a-half north of the village. Other facilities include two pubs, a village shop and post office, a village hall, two village greens, a children's play park and a football field. In 1955 the Royal Navy named a Ham class minesweeper HMS Kingham after the village.
Kingham is twinned with the village of Pont-à-Marcq near Lille in France.
Alex James, bass player of Blur, lives on a farm outside Kingham, where in recent years he has hosted The Big Feastival towards the end of the summer with the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Another famous farm near Kingham is the award-winning Daylesford Organic Farm, which has established a hugely popular farmshop and cafe in recent years.
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