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Chipping Norton Almshouses

Chipping Norton

Perched on the highest point in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and was given a Royal...

Enstone

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Enstone
Oxfordshire
OX7 4LD

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The Crown Inn in Church Enstone

Enstone was originally recorded as Henestan in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Enestan and Ennestan in records held at Winchcombe Abbey from 1185. There are differing views on the origins of the word Enstone, it could come from Enna's stone - 'Boundary stone of a man called Enna', or could just mean 'giant stone'. These both appear to refer to the Hoar Stone situated at the corner of the Charlbury Fulwell road, where hidden amongst the trees there are three standing stones, the remains of a chambered long barrow. The tallest stone is almost 3 metres high above ground level.

There is a Norman church, dedicated to St Kenelm, which contains the interesting tomb of Stevens Wisdom: a colourful stature os Stevens kneeling in prayer in front of his own gravestone, which is inscribed with the date of his death in 1633. Nearby there is a medieval tithe barn with a date stone of 1382. During the early 1600s Thomas Bushell, secretary to Lord Bacon, built some famous waterworks, cascades and curiosities in the area, which were visited by Charles I in 1636. Apparently there were wonderful fountains and cascades that would suddenly change direction and thoroughly soak the unsuspecting! Unfortunately no traces have survived.

 

What's Nearby

  1. St Kenelm's Church in Enstone (photo courtesy of oxfordshirechurches.info)

    Enstone - St Kenelm's Church

    The earliest church here dates from around 850 AD and the present church has thirteen centuries of...

    0.72 miles away
  2. The pool at Heythrop Park Resort

    Heythrop Park Resort Spa


    A newly refurbished spa, with a luxurious environment where you can look forward to a...

    1.76 miles away
  3. Heythrop Park Resort Golf

    Heythrop Park Resort Golf


    A new course with a rich past. The new 7,008 yard par 72 golf course has been designed by...

    1.78 miles away
  4. Ditchley Park

    Ditchley Park

    When not in use for conferences and other activities, the Mansion and grounds are open...

    1.88 miles away
  1. Charlbury Museum

    Charlbury Museum

    Charlbury Museum is an independent museum, run entirely by volunteers. Its five rooms are crammed...

    3.06 miles away
  2. St Mary the Virgin Church in Charlbury

    Charlbury - St Mary the Virgin Church

    Parts of the present building date from the 12th century, though a Saxon church may have existed...

    3.15 miles away
  3. Petting an alpaca at Fairytale Farm

    Fairytale Farm

    Fairytale Farm mixes classic fairy tales, animals and adventure play to create a sensory and...

    3.19 miles away
  4. Chipping Norton Golf Club

    Cotswolds Club


    A scenic parkland course, 6,316 yard 18 hole, that provides a constant challenge for golfers of...

    3.29 miles away
  5. St Michael & All Angels Church, Great Tew

    Great Tew - St Michael & All Angels Church

    Approached through an unusual gateway, along a path flanked by ha-has, Great Tew's church is barely...

    3.31 miles away
  6. All Saints Church in Shorthampton - photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches

    Shorthampton - All Saints Church

    The hamlet of Shorthampton consists of little more than a farm and the church. The church has an...

    3.92 miles away
  7. Chipping Norton Leisure Centre

    Chipping Norton Leisure Centre

    Chipping Norton Leisure Centre's facilities include: 25m four lane swimming pool; four court sports...

    4.2 miles away
  8. The Lido at Chipping Norton

    The Lido at Chipping Norton


    Surrounded by large fenced lawns, The Lido at Chipping Norton is the perfect day out for the...

    4.2 miles away
  9. Chipping Norton Museum of Local History

    Chipping Norton Museum of Local History


    An independent museum located on the first floor of the 19th century Chipping Norton Co-op...

    4.44 miles away
  10. TY Cycles - a comprehensive mobile cycle repair and cycle hire service

    Cotswold Cycle Hire

    Cotswold Cycle Hire offer quality cycle hire that comes to you, with free collection and delivery...

    4.48 miles away
  11. The Theatre Chipping Norton

    The Theatre


    We are a theatre, an arthouse cinema, a gallery and a concert hall.  In the heart of the...

    4.49 miles away
  12. St Mary the Virgin Chipping Norton

    Chipping Norton - St Mary the Virgin Church

    A wool church and Grade I listed building, St Mary the Virgin is tucked away near the bottom of the...

    4.63 miles away
  13. Holy Trinity Church, Finstock (photo courtesy of www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

    Finstock - Holy Trinity Church

    Holy Trinity was built in Gothic Revival style in 1841, though then it only consisted of the nave....

    4.79 miles away
  14. St Peter's Church in Wilcote (photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches)

    Wilcote - St Peter's Church

    St Peter's Church in Wilcote is probably of 12th century origin but with a significant Victorian...

    5.41 miles away
  15. North Leigh Roman Villa

    North Leigh Roman Villa


    The remains of a large and well-built Roman courtyard villa facing south east over the Evenlode...

    5.43 miles away
  16. St Laurence Church Combe

    Combe - St Laurence's Church

    St Laurence has been a place of worship for more than 600 years - the nave was completed in 1395. ...

    5.49 miles away
  17. St Andrew's Church in Great Rollright

    Great Rollright - St Andrew's Church

    Set on a small rise to the east of the village of Great Rollright, St Andrew's church, despite its...

    5.66 miles away
  18. Holy Trinity Church in Ascott under Wychwood

    Ascott under Wychwood - Holy Trinity Church


    Holy Trinity is set in the heart of the beautiful village of Ascott-under-Wychwood. It abounds...

    5.83 miles away
  19. All Saints Church in Churchill - photo courtesy of www.oxfordshirechurches.info

    Churchill - All Saints Church

    Built in 1826, All Saints has a west tower that is a slimmer version of the tower of Magdalen...

    5.89 miles away
  20. Combe Mill

    Combe Mill

    A Grade II* listed building, Combe Mill is the original ‘power house’ of the old Blenheim Palace...

    6.04 miles away
  21. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

    Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

    SOFO offers its visitors engaging and immersive experiences through a changing exhibitions...

    6.04 miles away
  22. Dinosaur at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock

    The Oxfordshire Museum

    A large 18th century house in the historic town of Woodstock provides a home for the County's...

    6.04 miles away
  23. St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

    Woodstock - St Mary Magdalene Church


    St Mary Magdalene Church was built in the reign of Henry I for the convenience of the court...

    6.07 miles away
  24. Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

    Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

    Housed in the remains of the old medieval church, the Heritage Centre is in a stunning setting...

    6.15 miles away
  25. The Gardens of Rousham House - © Harpur Gardens

    Rousham

    Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of...

    6.21 miles away
  26. An aerial view across the South Lawn towards Blenheim Palace with the Great Lake behind

    Blenheim Palace

    Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque...

    6.28 miles away
  27. St Marys Church North Leigh - photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels

    North Leigh - St Mary's Church

    An architecturally fascinating church: the church is late Anglo-Saxon in origin with the bell tower...

    6.43 miles away
  28. Leafield Church

    Leafield - St Michael and All Angels Church

    Designed in 1859 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Michael and All Angels was consecrated in 1860,...

    6.51 miles away
  29. Woodstock Outdoor Pool

    Woodstock Outdoor Pool

    Woodstock outdoor heated swimming pool is a magnificent facility and very popular during the summer...

    6.52 miles away
  30. Oxfordshire Narrowboats offer day cruising from Lower Heyford

    Oxfordshire Narrowboats

    If you're not sure whether you'll enjoy the waterway life, try it out with family or friends for...

    6.52 miles away
  31. Wychwood Golf Club at Lyneham in Oxfordshire

    The Wychwood Golf Club


    The Wychwood Golf Club is home to a beautifully maintained course boasting USGA greens, allowing...

    6.65 miles away
  32. The Rollright Stones

    Rollright Stones

    The Rollright Stones are a group of prehistoric megalithic monuments built from large natural...

    6.67 miles away
  33. Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Motors Museum

    Oxford Bus Museum

    The Oxford Bus Museum tells the story of bus and coach travel around Oxfordshire over the last...

    7.06 miles away
  34. St Mary's Church in Shipton under Wychwood

    Shipton under Wychwood - St Mary's Church

    This handsome medieval church, mainly dating to the 13th to 15th centuries, has a wonderful...

    7.15 miles away
  35. St Martin's Church in Bladon

    Bladon - St Martin's Church

    The parish of Bladon covers Blenheim Palace and is therefore the burial place of many of the...

    7.18 miles away
  36. St John The Evangelist Church in Hailey (photo courtesy www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

    Hailey - St John the Evangelist Church

    St John the Evangelist is Victorian, built in 1868/9 to replace an 18th century church close by....

    7.24 miles away
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