iffley glebe


One of the special characteristics of Oxford is the ‘villages within the town’ which have survived within the City’s boundaries. There can be no better example than Old Iffley Village, which close to the River Thames, which retains its rural charm and character.  Its most remarkable building is its parish church, an outstanding example of 12th-century architecture.


Iffley Glebe

This small site is a field across the lane from St Mary’s church in the village of Iffley. It was once part of the old glebe, originally the land given by the parish to its priest to farm for his household’s provisions. In 1988, plans were made to build housing on this field, which faces strong opposition. In 1996, Joan and John Critchley purchased the field and gave it to Oxford Preservation Trust to ensure it would remain a green space. The field is managed by carrying out an annual hay cut which is taken away. Volunteer work parties help by weeding the walls and keeping vegetation around the perimeter under control.

The field at Iffley Glebe is not open to the public. The parish council are allowed to use it several times a year for special events.



Meadow Lane

OPT purchased this piece of land in 1958. Meadow Lane was, at the time of acquisition, known locally as ‘The Great Kidney’ and had formerly been the property of the late Mr David Talboys.  His family had acquired the land from The Minister and Poor Men of the Hospital of Queen Elizabeth at Donnington in 1895.

Meadow Lane is a great resource for the local community, including the Sea Scouts who are based here, and the Corpus Christi College Barge. We manage this green space so that the snake’s head fritillaries, which are very rare, can grow here.

Meadow Lane is open to the public. A path from Meadow Lane to Aston Eyot runs along the shared boundary with the allotments.