Cumnor - Oxford
This picturesque village lies just within the boarders of Berkshire, although the city of Oxford can be sighted from the top of Cumnor hill. Steeped in history, Cumnor, located to the west of the city centre, was home to the ill-fated Amy Robsart, wife of Queen Elizabeth I favourite, Sir Robert Dudley. In the early years of Elizabeths reign, scandal broke out at court, after Amy Robsart was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in Cumnor Place. Her husband was suspected, but never tried of her murder. Many remnants of the couples home, and other ancient artefacts are still held here. A number of thatched cottages and stone properties surround St Michaels church at the heart of the village, but the majority of housing in the village was built in the 1930s. Cumnor Hill, which descends into Botley, is flanked on both sides by impressive detached housing, offset from the road. Typical residents in this area are families and professionals. A 15-minute drive into Oxford city centre, Cumnor has a few useful amenities, including a primary school, hairdressers, village shop and a pub. A bus service also runs from the village through Botley into Oxford.