The largest village in England (population over 17,000) has resisted all proposals to make it a town. Although expanding rapidly in all directions with modern housing Kidlington has grown from an ancient village with a 13th century church, farm and a vicarage dating from the 16th century. It also boasts some large Georgian houses and Hampden House with its 18th century pavilion.

The county Fire Service and Thames Valley Police are headquartered in Kidlington.

At Oxford Airport, CSE Aviation have established a world-renowned pilot training school. Since opening in 1962 it has trained over 10,000 pilots for 80 airlines in 40 different countries.

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