Sunningwell is a village and civil parish about 3.5mi south of Oxford, England. The parish includes the village of Bayworth and the eastern part of Boars Hill. The parish was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.Sunningwell is notable for the successful campaign run by parishioners against the plans to develop Metropolitan Green Belt land surrounding the village and elsewhere in Oxfordshire.ToponymSunningwell's toponym has evolved from Suniggawelle in the 10th century through Soningewell in the 11th century before reaching its current form.ManorThe Domesday Book records that Abingdon Abbey held the manors of Sunningwell and Bayworth by 1086, and it assessed Sunningwell manor at five hides. The manor retained both manors until 1538, when it surrendered all its properties to the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
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