Long Compton is a village and parish in South Warwickshire. It is part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has many of the characteristics of a typical Cotswold village - thatched limestone cottages, medieval church, pretty hedge-rowed lanes leading out to gentle green hills. It is a lovely place to live and visit and is fortunate to be positioned within easy reach of both Oxford and Stratford upon Avon, as well as all of the well-known attractions in the Cotswolds itself - the Neolithic stone circle - the Rollright Stones - is within walking distance.
The village is a very active community - as other parts of this site demonstrate - with local organisations covering almost every aspect of village life. It is also lucky to contain an excellent General Stores and one of the best inns in the area, The Red Lion offers good real ales, first class dining and a very warm welcome for villagers and visitors alike.
Long Compton is an ancient village. Established in early Saxon times (village legend tells of a visit from St Augustine in the sixth century!), it appears in the Domesday Book and was granted its own Fair in the Middle Ages. During Tudor and Stuart times the village became part of the estate of the Earls of Northampton whilst the small and now deserted hamlet of Weston came under the control of the Sheldon family (of Sheldon tapestry fame). Both families were strong supporters of the King during the Civil War and Long Compton suffered more than most from that devastating conflict - aside from the church, no house in Long Compton pre-dates the Civil War, evidencing the destruction which several armies passing through and staying in the village brought in their wake.
Long Compton was enclosed early in the nineteenth century and many ridge and furrow fields survive to this day. Following enclosure, Long Compton experienced considerable prosperity with many old farm houses developed into large and attractive homes for Victorian farmers. The late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a change of fortune for the village as agriculture went into decline and the cites of Birmingham and Coventry offered work and a better life for villagers. A falling population and empty tumbledown cottages meant that these were hard times for the village.
Since the Second World War, agriculture and the village have recovered with several successful working farms (mixed farming of arable and livestock is a feature of Long Compton farming), the emergence of a number of craft based businesses and, of course, visitors from all over the world attracted by the village's Cotswold charm.
Today, the village's population has almost returned to the numbers experienced in its early Victorian heyday and includes a healthy mix of old village families and "in-comers" all of whom share an enthusiasm for a delightful place to live, work and play - and a pleasure in welcoming visitors to a beautiful, thriving community in the heart of England.
Long Compton Parish Council owns some thirty acres of land in the parish. This is available for rent - largely for pasture. As land becomes available, the Parish Council will invite bids from interested parties. A number of smaller allotments are also maintained by the Council for market gardening. As with the larger pieces of land, applications for allotments are invited as land becomes available.
This website and notice boards throughout the village will be used to advertise vacancies and invitations to tender.
As part of the Council's ambition to provide affordable and social homes for villagers, the Parish has recently acquired a field to the east of the village which will be developed for housing. The first phase of the development is expected to be complete by around Christmas 2016. Expressions of interest in these properties have already been invited; further information on this development can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.