From its foundation until 1985 Carterton remained part
of Black Bourton parish, with which it was incorporated
first into Witney rural district, and from 1974 into West
Oxfordshire district. (fn. 1) Its parochial affairs were regulated
by Black Bourton parish council, which at first seems to
have had little sympathy with Carterton's needs,
obstructing the introduction of mains water and street
lighting in the 1930s. (fn. 2) From the Second World War the
town's affairs increasingly dominated the council's business, however, and in 1971 it was renamed Carterton
and Black Bourton parish council, comprising 12
members and a clerk. The same year it adopted a chairman's badge of office reflecting aspects of Carterton's
history: the circular red background on a green field
represents the 'Carterton tomato' surrounded by open
countryside, and the central cross the town crossroads,
while quartered heraldic symbols represent Christ
Church, Oxford, the Royal Air Force, Witney Rural
District Council, and the county of Oxford. (fn. 3)
In 1977 the council adopted town status under the
1972 Local Government Act, its chairman and vicechairman becoming mayor and deputy mayor, and in
1985, when Carterton became a separate civil parish, an
independent town council was formed, the badge of
office being retained with a new legend. The council's
powers nevertheless remained those of an ordinary
parish council, other functions being fulfilled by the
county or district. (fn. 4) A town hall was built in 1982–3, (fn. 5)
and the civil parish was extended in 2001, when housing
and industrial premises on the town's eastern edge were
transferred from Brize Norton parish, increasing
Carterton to 1,168 a. (473 ha.). (fn. 6) Thereafter the town
council had 16 members representing five wards.
Community involvement in town-centre redevelopment prompted conferral of Beacon Town status by the
Countryside Agency, and in 2004 the town acquired
Quality Council Status, allowing it to appropriate some
minor functions from the district. (fn. 7)
Responsibility for church affairs remained with Black
Bourton's churchwardens and parochial church council
until 1963, when it passed to those of the new united
benefice of Brize Norton and Carterton. Carterton
became a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1977 and an
independent benefice in 1980, and in the 1990s retained
its own parochial church council and churchwardens. (fn. 8)
|| Above, Black Bourton, local govt (par. govt).
|| Seldon, Carterton, 24, 26.
|| Ibid. 46–7; Carterton Guide [c. 1973 edn], 7, 19–20; [c.
1978 edn], 12.
|| Carterton Guide [c. 1978 edn], 12, 23; [c. 1988 edn], 11;
COS, parish (later town) council minutes, 1975–80.
|| Above (public bldgs).
|| West Oxfordshire (Parishes) Order 2000, implemented in
2001; a small area on the north was transferred to Brize Norton.
|| Carterton Town Council website (2004); information from
Maxine Crossland, Carterton Town Council.
|| Oxf. Dioc. Year Book (1962 and later edns); ORO, MS Oxf.
Dioc. c 1746, faculty of 1973 and Order in Council 15 Dec. 1976;