Thame is a traditional market town located in the county of Oxfordshire, named after the river Thame that runs through the north of the town. Situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, is enriched with many markets, beautiful nature spots, shopping locations and award-winning pubs.
History of Thame
The history of Thame spans around 6,000 years, dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period. The extent of this history was only discovered in 2015 when a full-scale excavation took place, revealing Thame’s rich pre-historic past. Evidence from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman period and early Anglo-Saxon period was recorded by the archaeologists.
Thame was recorded in the Domesday book, however, at the time it was listed as belonging to the Bishop of Lincoln. During the 12th century, the Bishop of Lincoln formed a new town where Thame is located and this resulted in the creation of the famous wide High Street that still exists today. The land was originally utilised for farming purposes but was repurposed to house the 12th century markets. Thame is still to this day famous for its weekly markets and famed for the surviving medieval layout of the town.
In the 19th century Thame began to grow, with the construction of East Street and many houses being built to accommodate the influx of agricultural workers relocating to the town. Many Victorian buildings were created during this period, including the Town Hall and a County Court, which is now Thame Museum. A railway line was also implemented at this time, however it did not serve the old town but instead provided access to the ever expanding east side of the settlement.
The 20th century marked further changes and expansion in Thame, with the town’s famous livestock market moving to North Street after 800 years of being in the High Street. During the 1960s, Thame’s railway station was eventually closed as the line was no longer operational. This railway station served the town for over 100 years. Thame is now served by Haddenham and Thame Parkway station.
A few years later in the 70s, the Lea Park housing estate was built to the north of the town. This was just one of many 20th century housing estates that encouraged the continual growth of the town’s population. Some 20 years later, the M40 motorway was extended from Thame to Birmingham, making the area even more desirable for potential inhabitants.
Things to do
Thame has plenty of activities to offer – you will be sure to find something for all the family. There are many famous markets, beautiful landscaped gardens, award winning pubs and a wealth of independent shops – the list of fantastic attractions goes on!
– Thame Museum
– Rycote Chapel
– Waterperry Gardens
– Regular Tuesday market
– Thame Farmer’s Auction market
– Rumsey’s Chocolaterie
– The James Figg Pub
Thame has even played host to the popular ITV series ‘Midsomer Murders’, with episodes frequently filmed in various locations across the town. Fans of the series can visit the Town Hall (aka Causton Town Hall on the show!) to pick up a leaflet, or book a guided tour to make sure that you don’t miss any of the deadly locations around the town.
Primary and secondary schools in Thame
Thame is home to four schools, three primary and one secondary. For children aged 5-11 there’s Barley Hill Primary School, John Hampden Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, all of which have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Barley Hill and John Hampden both have circa 500 pupils, whereas St Joseph’s has a much smaller intake with just under 200 pupils.
For older children in key stages three and four there is Lord William’s School which has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. This institution also has a sizeable sixth form for those aged 16 – 18.
Transportation in Thame
Thame is located just 14 miles east of Oxford and 10 miles south west of Aylesbury, both accessible via the A418. It is also served by the M40 motorway, which provides links to Birmingham and London. The town is also well connected to Chinnor via the B4445, Princes Risborough via the A4129 and Bicester via the B4011.
How to get to Thame
– By road: Thame is easily accessible via junction 6, 7 and 8a of the M40.
– By train: Haddenham and Thame Parkway station are just 2 miles away from the town centre. The line is direct to London Marylebone and the journey time is just under an hour. A regular bus service from the station provides access to the centre of Thame.
Places to live in and near Thame
For more information about some of the most popular areas to live in and around Thame, please ask in branch.
- Long Crendon
- Kingston Blount