Botley has possessed a place of worship for at least nine hundred years.

Botley shops comprise Elms Parade and the West Way shopping precinct.

Botley's Church of England church of St Peter and St Paul on West Way, built in 1958, is one of four in its benefice which reaches outside the historic ecclesiastical parish to include St. Frideswide, Oxford and St. Margaret of Antioch, Binsey.[4]

The village can be easily accessed from Eastleigh and Fareham by train. Previously, a rail service operated to Bishops Waltham along the Bishops Waltham Branch Line.[3] Botley railway station is just outside the modern boundary of Botley, within Curdridge.

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The early church, commonly called St Bartholomew's, adjacent to the old village of Boteleigh, was mentioned in the Domesday Book. This church was largely destroyed by the falling of a large poplar tree onto the nave resulting in the original capacity of 500 being reduced to what had been the chancel.

Botley is a picturesque market village on the upper banks of the river Hamble in Hampshire.  Steeped in history and surrounded by the beautiful Hamble Valley countryside, this charming village has many individual shops and offers unique shopping experiences. A variety of hostelries and restaurants provide nourishment. There are many places of interest and walks in and around Botley for all ages. All of these will make your visit to Botley truly 'delightful'.

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In 1267 John of Botley, Lord of the Manor, obtained a royal charter from Henry III for holding an annual fair and weekly market in the town. The village did not, however, grow significantly and in 1665 the village still had a population of only 350.[6]

The club was affiliated to the English Golf Union (EGU), the Hampshire, IOW & CI Golf Union and the Hampshire County Ladies Golf Association. These entitled Members to play in county competitions and give the reassurance that the course has been validated by the EGU.

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Botley is a historic village in Hampshire, England with an estimated parish population of 5100.[1] Between 1806 and 1820 it was the home of the famous journalist and radical politician William Cobbett,[2] who described the village as the most delightful in the world. There is a memorial stone to William Cobbett in the village square.

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The various large office buildings along the main road include Seacourt Tower, known locally as "Botley Cathedral" owing to its small metal spire, originally built in 1965–66 as a car showroom and garage to a design by Beecher and Stamford.[3] It remains in the ownership of Hartwell Ford.

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The contiguous neighbourhood Dean Court adjoins Botley to its west, in the Cumnor civil parish. The other settlements which merge into this settlement are North Hinksey and Cumnor Hill.[2]

On 2 October 2006 work began on an extension to the west end of the church. The narthex was removed and foundations laid for a two-storey extension. Funding for this work was provided by a substantial legacy from the Maffey sisters[clarification needed] and the fund-raising of parishioners.

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Elevations range from 56m on the Hinksey Stream marking much of the eastern border to the western border which ranges from 80 to 120m AOD from north to south. The southern point is a border of Cumnor Hill and adjoins Matthew Arnold School (Oxford).

The course closed in May 2013 following a decline in membership.

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Botley, aside from central offices and a modest row of stores, is a residential suburb of Oxford. Generally house prices are above average for the Oxford area, from average in its east (similar to much of Dean Court), to very expensive towards where the settlement adjoins Cumnor Hill, in its south.[1]

The narthex across the West End was added in 1895, and removed in October 2006 to make way for an extension on the west end of the church. The church room was built in 1967

A park and ride site is closest to Botley itself in the much narrower New Botley which is confined by low-lying playing fields, an allotment site and river meadows on the north and south sides. Immediately east is the seven arches bridge, which is listed[8] and parish church of Osney, City of Oxford, to the north side of that section is a golf driving range and on the south side, the large Osney Mead industrial estate.

Botley is a village in the civil parish of North Hinksey, just west of the Oxford city boundary in the English county of Oxfordshire. It adjoins the intersection of the A34 and A420 to its north and was in Berkshire until 1974.

Other Christian churches in Botley include Calvery Chapel[5] and Roman Catholic Church, the oldest being Botley Baptist established in 1890.


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To the north of Botley was the lost village of Seacourt. The site of the former village is in neighbouring Wytham parish, but it is commemorated in Botley in the names of Seacourt Tower and the Seacourt Bridge public house.

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Fairthorne Manor is operated by the YMCA, originally opening as a marine training centre in 1947, and was one of two national centres until 2002.[8]

In nearby Curbridge is Fairthorne Manor, a day camps centre run by the YMCA, which includes a golf course, the Fairthorne Manor Golf Course, and farm.[4]

The Walkers organ was installed in 1852, later enlarged and recently dismantled, enlarged and overhauled. Baker died and his successor was John Morley Lee, who was bought the benefice by his father, a London builder who built a new rectory for his son. The present chancel and choir vestry were added in 1859.[9]

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It lies, apart from a small section which is southeast, southwest of the junction between the A34 (Oxford ring road) and the A420 westward to Swindon.[2]