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Ascott under Wychwood church

Ascott under Wychwood

The village of Ascott under Wychwood is situated on the south side of the River Evenlode and lies on the Cotswold Railway (between Worcester and...

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  1. Ascott under Wychwood church

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    Ascott under Wychwood


    The village of Ascott under Wychwood is situated on the south side of the River Evenlode and lies on the Cotswold Railway (between Worcester and London). On the green, in the centre of the village, there is a bench around a chestnut tree - a memorial to 16 local women, The Ascott Martyrs of 1873,...

  2. Asthall village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

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    Asthall

    Asthall


    For a small village, Asthall is rich in history: a former Roman settlement on Akeman Street, which linked Cirencester with St Albans; the village church, dating back to the 12th century, possibly earlier; and the Elizabethan manor house, home to the Mitford sisters - it was here that Nancy...

  3. The Square in Aston

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    Aston

    Aston


    The village of Aston, four miles south of Witney, is centred around the Square - which is actually a triangle! Often linked with the neighbouring hamlet of Cote, Aston has all the essentials of village life - a church, a school, a post office, a general store and a pub.

    The village is also home...

  4. Bampton looking towards the town and church

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    Bampton

    Bampton


    The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large area of common land, hence its name 'Bampton in the Bush'.

    BAMPTON, meaning Beam-tun (the settlement by the tree or cross), was a major late...

  5. St Marys Black Bourton

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    Black Bourton

    Black Bourton


    Near to Bampton, this village is worth a visit to see the outstanding medieval wall paintings in the church. The painter William Turner (1789 - 1862), often called Turner of Oxford to distinguish him from his more famous contemporary JMW Turner, was born in the village.

     

  6. Bladon St Marys Church

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    Bladon

    Bladon


    Bladon lies on the south side of Blenheim Park and is best known for being the burial place of Sir Winston Churchill (and his wife) at St Martins Church. Prior to this the village was famous for its contribution to the local glove making trade. Much of the village has remained unchanged over the...

  7. Bledington Village Green ©Copyright Mike Baldwin

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    Bledington

    Bledington


    Situated in the Evenlode Valley and traversing part of the Oxfordshire Way, this scenic village has an attractive green and still retains its 15th century church and Victorian maypole.

    There are two downloadable walks that pass through Bledington:
    Kingham Station Short Circular (pdf...

  8. Brize Norton church

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    Brize Norton

    Brize Norton

    Though Brize Norton dates back to the middle ages, it is best known today for its RAF station, nerve centre of the RAF’s transport capabilities. Until 1937 the village was a self-sufficient agricultural community linked with Bampton and the parish church, St Britius, is Norman though heavily...

  9. St Paul's Church Broadwell ©Jonathan Billinger

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    Broadwell

    Broadwell


    Broadwell is a small village with an attractive church, predominantly 12C/13C with a tall octagonal spire similar to that at nearby Bampton and with north and south transepts of a style more commonly found in East Anglia than the Cotswolds. Two stone gate pillars are the only surviving evidence...

  10. Bluebells at Foxholes near Bruern

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    Bruern

    Bruern


    An Abbey is recorded at Bruern as early as 1147. The monastery was small and disreputable even compared to others in the Cotswolds, with a racy history of succession plots, deposed abbots, riots and even on one occasion the medieval equivalent of having the bailiffs in.

    The nearby Foxholes...

  11. Looking down Burford's famous High Street

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    Burford

    Burford


    With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an...

  12. Carterton town centre

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    Carterton

    Carterton


    Carterton is one of Oxfordshire’s newest towns and the second largest in West Oxfordshire. In 1894 the enterprising William Carter bought part of the Duke of Marlborough's estate and parcelled it up in to 6 acre plots, which he then sold off to settlers. At first it was known for its market...

  13. View to the church in Cassington

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    Cassington

    Cassington


    The centre of this small village is its traditional green (one of two in the village) lined by attractive old cottages, the pub and the primary school. An avenue of lime trees leads across the side of the green to the Norman doorway of the 12C church of St Peter, which also contains surviving...

  14. Chadlington

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    Chadlington

    Chadlington


    A long village divided into five 'ends', some of which are almost separate hamlets, it spreads itself out looking across the river Evenlode towards the Wychwood Forest. The substantial church is enriched with a fascinating array of gargoyles.

    In West End you can find Chadlington Quality Foods,...

  15. Charlbury

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    Charlbury

    Charlbury


    Set in the Evenlode Valley in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, the market town of Charlbury grew from a small clearing in the Wychwood Forest to a prosperous market town, due largely to its reputation as a glove making centre during the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Surrounded by the Wychwood...

  16. Chipping Norton Almshouses

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    Chipping Norton

    Chipping Norton

    Chipping Norton is a bustling, buzzing, working Cotswold market town at the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ boasting a packed agenda of local festivals, markets and events. 'Chippy', as it is known to locals, was Market Town finalist in the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2015...

  17. Churchill

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    Churchill

    Chipping Norton


    A small village with many interesting buildings. All Saints Church (1827) has features modelled on three Oxford colleges. There is a Gothic fountain on the village green described by Pevsner as ‘hideously ugly with water dripping from a rude spout’.

    The Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre (open...

  18. Clanfield

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    Clanfield

    Bampton

    An attractive village with two village greens in the broad acres of the Thames Valley, east of Lechlade set amidst good farming country, with a stream flowing between houses and the High Street. There is a small 13C church at the north west of the village.
     

  19. The Village Green in Combe

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    Combe


    The name Combe, meaning valley, seems inappropriate for a village set on a hill top 45m above Evenlode valley floor! The village may have moved away from an earlier site down on the valley floor. The village is on the edge of the Blenheim Palace estate and site of Combe Mill, once the saw mill...

  20. Cornwell ©Copyright Michael Dibb

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    Cornwell

    Chipping Norton


    Some of the houses in the village are 17C but in 1939 Williams-Ellis, who had designed Portmeirion in north Wales, remodelled all the cottages in Cornwell.

    Two downloadable circular cycle rides pass through the village:
    Burford-Stow on the Wold (pdf 159k)
    Chipping Norton-Moreton in Marsh (pdf...