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Witney, Oxfordshire

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Witney, Oxfordshire

Witney is a town on the River Windrush, 12 miles west of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England. The place-name 'Witney' is first attested in a Saxon charter of 969 as 'Wyttannige'; it appears as 'Witenie' in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name means 'Witta's island'.
DistrictWest Oxfordshire
Post townWitney
Administrative CountyOxfordshire
Traditional CountyOxfordshire
OS GridSP3509
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityThames Valley
Fire and Rescue AuthorityOxfordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityOxfordshire
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Central
Dialling code01993
Population22,765 (2001 census)

Other names by which Witney, Oxfordshire has been known in the past

Whitney ~ Witaneye ~ Witenie

Witney, Oxfordshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Witney, market town, par., and township with ry. sta., Oxfordshire, 5 miles NE. of Bampton and 11¾ W. of Oxford - par., 7083 ac., pop. 5046; town and township, 188 ac., pop. 3017; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Thursday. Witney is an ancient place, with a 13th century church, a blanket hall of 1721, a town hall, a county court house, a corn exchange, an old market cross, and a 3-arched bridge over the Windrush. It has glove-making and other industries, and has long been known for its mfrs. of blankets.

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