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Coordinates: 51°40′15″N 1°21′44″W / 51.6708°N 1.3623°W / 51.6708; -1.3623

Frilford is located in Oxfordshire

 Frilford shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SU4397
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ABINGDON
Postcode district OX13
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
List of places: UK • England • Oxfordshire

Frilford is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, England. In 1974 it was transferred from Berkshire. It lies 3 miles west of Abingdon, at the junction of the A415 and A338 roads.

There is no church in Frilford, and the village is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Marcham.

Frilford Golf Club is situated to the east of the village and is regarded locally one of the finest golf courses in the Thames Valley region.

Abingdon Preparatory School - a preparatory school - is situated in Frilford.


The parish of Frilford contains two significant archaeological sites: a Roman villa and a cemetery which appears to have been used for both Roman and Saxon style burials. A further complex of remains, including a Roman shrine and amphitheatre, is often referred to as being in Frilford but lies to the south of the village, just inside the boundary of the parish of Marcham. This latter site is commonly called the 'Noah's Ark' site, after an adjacent inn (now closed).

The Noah's Ark site has been under investigation by archaeologists from Oxford University each summer since 2001.


  • Akerman, 1865. Report on excavations in an ancient cemetery at Frilford. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 3, 136-41
  • Bradford, J.S.P. and Goodchild, R.G. 1939. Excavations at Frilford, Berks, 1937-8. Oxoniensia, 4, 1-80
  • Haverfield, F. 1897. A Roman villa at Frilford. Archaeological Journal, 54, 340-54
  • Hingley, R. 1985. Location, Function and Status: a Romano-British ‘religious complex’ at the Noah’s Ark Inn, Frilford (Oxfordshire). Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 4 (2), 201-14.
  • Rolleston, G. 1869. Researches and excavations at an ancient cemetery at Frilford.Archaeologia, 42, 417-85
  • Rolleston, G. 1880. Further researches in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Frilford. Archaeologia, 45, 405-10

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