20's Plenty for Bladon


Bladon lies on the mediaeval wool road, now the A4095, between Witney and Bicester. The old village grew up in the eighteenth century around the quarrying industry and lies on the edge of Blenheim Park. The grave of Sir Winston Churchill in Bladon churchyard draws many overseas visitors, including author Bill Bryson, who described the location in'Notes from a Small Island' as 'beautiful' . . .but.. . 'labouring under heavy traffic.'
The village street is used as a rat run by long-distance HGV's avoiding Oxford ring road congestion, as well as carrying over 12,000 cars a day of commuter traffic.
Because more suitable trunk roads now exist for lorries, the A34 and A40, the A4095 through Bladon has been designated for reclassification to a B road, which would allow us to request a weight limit. However no funds are available for reclassification as yet.

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