Oxfordshire is packed full of history and one quirky fact about the county is the link between Islip and one of England’s most famous buildings.

Islip is a village located about two miles east of Kidlington and five miles north of Oxford.

In the early 1000s, the exact date is not known, Edward the Confessor was born there.

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And Edward the Confessor famously built Westminster Abbey which has been the location for all coronations of English and then British monarchs since 1066.

Oxford Mail: The statue of Edward the Confessor in IslipThe statue of Edward the Confessor in Islip (Image: David Rice)

Edward the Confessor was an Anglo-Saxon king and he was also a saint.

He ruled until January 1066.

Given Islip was Edward’s birth place, there has been a strong connection between the village and Westminster Abbey throughout much of history.

In earlier times, the Dean of Westminster was also Rector of Islip.

For the coronation of King Charles, the village did not break from tradition and they celebrated in style.

A public screening of the coronation service was shown in St Nicolas’ Church and this was followed by a special lunch.

Dishes on offer included coronation chicken sandwiches and a spectacular cake featuring a model of St Edward’s Crown made specially for the occasion.

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Additionally, the church bells were rung before the service.

The band of ringers included three teenage boys from the village, one of whom was ringing in a band for the first time.

Villagers were then invited to Ding for the King on Bank Holiday Monday.

Around 50 people turned up to make the most of the opportunity.