A website for our community
Iffley is proud of its long history and varied landscapes including a weir and lock, and the ancient and magnificent St Mary’s Church in its spacious churchyard.
It boasts a huge variety of buildings constructed over the past nine centuries, which greatly contribute to its much-valued village atmosphere.
In 1969, Oxford City Council declared part of Iffley to be a Conservation Area. This was extended in 1985 to cover three-quarters of the village, including many historical buildings, several modern housing developments and some of the river frontage and fields.
Iffley Tapestry made by Iffley residents in 1987, which hangs in the Church Hall. More information may be gained from a booklet sold in the Community Shop.
Within this zone, owners must maintain buildings, trees, fields and stone walls (many made from local limestone) and any modifications are subject to special regulations aimed at preserving Iffley's unique character.
A suburb of Oxford since 1928, Iffley no longer has a Parish Council.
FOIV was founded in 1959 to conserve Iffley’s essential character for the benefit of its residents, businesses and visitors; to monitor and guide plans proposed for the future of the village, and to foster community spirit.
Mathematical Bridge at Iffley Lock
This all-volunteer amenity group of around 400 members is funded from annual subscriptions and has no tax-raising powers.
Recent warning of doorstep scammers in Iffley (February 2020)
We have had recent reports of callers in Iffley village which should be treated with suspicion. Such callers tend to come in spates. In 2018 Thames Valley Police warned of a 'surge in reports of the doorstep scam artists' (Oxford Mail https://tinyurl.com/wnwad2e).
"The scam involves conmen moving from door to door under the guise of selling cleaning items, often with claims of being ex-offenders or having recently left the army.
Frequently, the knockers are simply trying to find out more about the property and homeowner – including whether they are vulnerable or could be scammed out of money.
They may also try to establish how much money is in the house or when the property may be left unoccupied." It's best to avoid getting into conversation with such callers but to express regret that you are not willing to hear their story and then politely shut the door.