|West Oxfordshire District|
|— Non-metropolitan district —|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||West Oxfordshire District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||David Cameron|
|• Total||275.8 sq mi (714.4 km2)|
|Area rank||53rd (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||219th (of 326)|
|• Density||380/sq mi ( 150/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.4% White|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||38UF (ONS)
|OS grid reference||SP3591610698|
The area is mainly rural downland and forest, the main activities being farming and associated trades.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal boroughs of Chipping Norton and Witney urban district, and Chipping Norton Rural District and Witney Rural District.
West Oxfordshire lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and its tributaries including the River Evenlode and River Windrush running through the area. Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK.
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