AYNHO being close to Charlton is known as the apricot village because of its once prolific orchards, homes in the tight knit streets of Aynho are alive with apricot trees, showing their different colours during the seasons of the year.
Situated approximately 10 miles south of Banbury on the B4100 with easy access to the M40 motorway junction 10. Neighbouring villages include Croughton, Clifton, Kings Sutton and Deddington.
Aynho can trace its roots back to at least Saxon times, when it was called Aienho, possibly from Aegas Hoh, meaning Hill spur belonging to Aega, and the village does command a fine view from its prominent position down into the Cherwell Valley.
In the centre of the village lies the Cartwright Arms Hotel, the only pub.
It is just one of many examples of links with the Cartwright family in Aynho.
The Cartwrights were lords of the manor from the 17th century to the 1950s and lend their name to the pub and a street, and memorials also feature prominently within the village church of St. Michael.
The church itself is a curious mixture of styles. Only the limestone tower survives from the 14th century original, with the rest of the church dating from the 18th century.
One of the earliest remaining buildings is the Grammar House, formerly the grammar school built in the 1660s.
Situated approximately 10 miles south of Banbury with easy access to the M40 motorway junction 10. Neighbouring villages include Croughton, Clifton, Kings Sutton and Deddington.
Aynhoe Park country house dominates one side of the village, with its formal gardens by famous landscaper Capability Brown (as shown in photo above).
This Large 17th Century house in attractive stone was remodelled by Sir John Soane.