Our village has about 50 houses and 200 residents. Sixty years ago it was a farming village with at least six working farms, and most of the villagers had connections with those farms. It also had a village school, shop and pub. Now, there is just one working farm, and villagers work elsewhere or are retired. The school and shop closed over fifty years ago, and the pub is now an Indian Restaurant. In spite of these changes, uniquely, Littleworth has kept its village values. It is a remarkably friendly, caring and welcoming community, and villagers feel privileged to live in it.
We hold a variety of village events through the year, including weekly keep fit classes in the village Reading Room, monthly whist drives, a book club, the annual Fete and a pop-up pub is to be trialled through in 2018.
Our Church Building and History
Our church, The Church of the Holy Ascension, was built in 1839 on Norman foundations, with the chancel added in 1876. The Church founder was Edward Bouverie Pusey, who had often ridden his horse through the village, and regarded it as ‘a dirty and lawless place, with the peasantry almost in a heathen state’. At this time, villagers who wanted to attend church walked the two miles along the footpath known as Church Path across the fields to Faringdon. Coffins were also carried along this path for funerals. Oriel College, in Oxford, had recently bought the Littleworth Estate, and were prepared to contribute to the building of a church, but only if it was ‘a handsome building’. Thus, we gained a church which was really much too large for our population.
There are 11 on the electoral roll.
The village formed the ‘Friends of Littleworth Church’ in 2012. The group meets regularly and work well together to raise funds for the general running costs and fabric costs of the church.
The south side of the nave roof was leaking, and thanks to a grant for the full cost from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund it was re-roofed in 2017. Our churchyard wall is in imminent danger of collapse and we are currently fundraising towards the rebuild cost.