Situated in the glorious Warwickshire countryside, Tysoe is a civil parish located 9 miles north west of Banbury in the Stratford-Upon-Avon district. It comprises three main settlements, upper, lower and middle Tysoe. The name Tysoe is first mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as ‘Tiheshoche.’ This name was derived from the Anglo-Saxon God of War, Tiw, who also gives his name to Tuesday.
The area surrounding Tysoe is known as ‘Red Horse Vale,’ due to the hill figure of a horse measuring 100 yards long which was cut into the red clay escarpment of Edgehill. This figure was first recorded in 1607; a number of these ‘horses’ were cut into the hill over the years, the last one was covered over in 1914.
Tysoe windmill built in the early 18th century sits on the 180m high Windmill Hill and lies between two parishes, Tysoe and Compton Wynyates. The structure is a 12 sided, barrel shaped stone tower. The conical cap is covered in aluminium with finial and tail projection for winding gear and the windmill still contains all its machinery. The mill operated until 1915 when it was struck by lightning. The sails were eventually removed for safety purposes.
The impressive village church dates back to the 11th century and is dedicated to St Mary. Tysoe has many pretty thatched cottages built from local Cotswold stone and is well served by a post office, village stores, pub and tearoom. There are playing fields and a playground located behind the old fire station.