The villages of Barford St John and St Michael lie in the valley of the River Swere, between Bloxham and Deddington.
Barford St John is the small village on the north bank of the River Swere and is about 5 miles south of Banbury.
In the Middle Ages it was sometimes called Little Barford to distinguish it from the larger village of Barford St Michael on the opposite side of the River Swere.
Barford St Michael lies on the opposite bank. There are 220 houses, two churches, one pub – The George Inn, a village hall and a post office and village shop, with adjacent caravan site and fishing lakes.
Children attend school in Deddington, Bloxham and Banbury.
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