Bagley Wood

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Bagley Wood
Map showing the location of Bagley Wood
Map showing the location of Bagley Wood
LocationOxfordshire, England
OS gridSP510024
Coordinates51°43′05″N 1°15′40″W / 51.7180°N 1.2611°W / 51.7180; -1.2611Coordinates: 51°43′05″N 1°15′40″W / 51.7180°N 1.2611°W / 51.7180; -1.2611
Governing bodySt John's College, Oxford

Bagley Wood is a wood in the parish of Kennington between Oxford and Abingdon in Oxfordshire, England (in Berkshire until 1974). It is traversed from north to south by the A34 road, which was rerouted through the wood in 1972.


Bagley Wood is an ancient wood. Except for a few years in the 16th century it has had only two owners since 955. From 955 to 1538 it was owned by Abingdon Abbey, and since 1557 most of the wood has been owned by St John's College, Oxford.[1][2] Bagley Wood was historically an extra-parochial area in the hundred of Hormer. In 1858 it was made a civil parish, although its population in the 1861 census was only 10.[3] In 1900 the civil parish became part of the parish of Radley, and in 1936 it was transferred to Kennington when that parish was formed.[4]

The wood is open to the public by permit from St John's College.

References in popular culture[edit]

  • Bagley Wood is the subject of a poem by the Victorian poet Lionel Pigot Johnson.[5]
  • Bagley Wood features as a fictional murder scene in the 2012 pilot episode of the ITV detective series Endeavour.


  1. ^ William Page and P.H. Ditchfield (eds) (1924). "Parishes: Bagley Wood". A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 10 July 2011.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ St John's College, Oxford: Biological Sciences
  3. ^ Vision of Britain, population statistics
  4. ^ Vision of Britain: Radley
  5. ^ Poem-hunter website