South Oxfordshire

South Oxfordshire District
Coat of arms of South Oxfordshire District
Coat of arms
Official logo of South Oxfordshire District
South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyOxfordshire
Historic countyOxfordshire
(north of River Thames)
(south of River Thames)
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQMilton Park
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySouth Oxfordshire District Council
 • LeadershipSue Cooper[1] Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat and Green Coalition)
 • MPsJohn Howell
Ed Vaizey
 • Total261.99 sq mi (678.54 km2)
Area rank56th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total140,504
 • Rank157th (of 317)
 • Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
 • Ethnicity
95.2% White
1.7% S.Asian
1.0% Black British
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code38UD (ONS)
E07000179 (GSS)

South Oxfordshire is a local government district in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire, England. Its council is based in Milton Park, Milton. The areas located south of the River Thames are within the historic county of Berkshire.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford, Thame urban district, and Wallingford Rural District, Bullingdon Rural District and Henley Rural District. The Wallingford parts were previously part of the administrative county of Berkshire.


The River Thames flows for approximately 47 miles through South Oxfordshire,[2] forming the historic county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. It is also joined by the River Thame within the district. A characteristic of the rivers within the district is that they have wide floodplains with few houses on them so that fluvial flooding is a lesser problem than flash flooding.[3] Towns in the district are Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Wallingford and Watlington.