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Burford - St John the Baptist Church

St John the Baptist Church
Burford
Oxfordshire
OX18 4RP

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St John The Baptist Church Burford

One of the large Cotswold 'wool churches' built between 1160 and 1475.  Items of interest include: a memorial tablet to Henry VIII’s barber-surgeon, Edmund Harman, showing one of the earliest representations of South American Indians; the ornate, canopied tomb of Sir Lawrence and Lady Tanfield; a tablet commemorating the Burford mason, Christopher Kempster, who was employed by Christopher Wren on the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral and a pre-Christian carving dated at 100 AD, possibly depicting the Celtic goddess Epona.

In 1649 mutineers in Cromwell's army (Levellers) were imprisoned in the church - one of them carved his name on the font! - before being forced onto the roof to watch their ringleaders execution in the churchyard. Those executed are commemorated on a plaque close to the porch.

The Burford Church website contains a virtual tour of the church.

Opening Times

. (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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