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The Buttercross and Town Hall

Witney

Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes...

Bruern

Towns & Villages

Bruern
Oxfordshire
OX7 6QA

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Bluebells at Foxholes near 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 Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland haven famed for its spectacular spring bluebells and abundant bird life.

There is also a downloadable walk in the Bruern area available:
Kingham Station Circular (pdf 161k)

What's Nearby

  1. Milton under Wychwood

    Milton under Wychwood

    Dating back to medieval times, Milton under Wychwood is a large working village on the edge of the...

    1.42 miles away
  2. Shipton under Wychwood

    Shipton under Wychwood


    Heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and still a place of mystery, the area was once the ancient...

    1.78 miles away
  3. Idbury church

    Idbury


    Idbury, close to the Westcotes and enjoying the same extensive views across the Evenlode Valley...

    1.79 miles away
  4. Bledington Village Green ©Copyright Mike Baldwin

    Bledington


    Situated in the Evenlode Valley and traversing part of the Oxfordshire Way, this scenic village...

    1.93 miles away
  1. Kingham village

    Kingham


    Kingham is a peaceful and secluded village, once chosen as Country Life's 'England's...

    2.34 miles away
  2. 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...

    2.5 miles away
  3. Churchill

    Churchill


    A small village with many interesting buildings. All Saints Church (1827) has features modelled...

    2.64 miles away
  4. Cornwell ©Copyright Michael Dibb

    Cornwell


    Some of the houses in the village are 17C but in 1939 Williams-Ellis, who had designed...

    4.18 miles away
  5. Chadlington

    Chadlington


    A long village divided into five 'ends', some of which are almost separate hamlets, it spreads...

    4.19 miles away
  6. Leafield: photo by David Sellman

    Leafield


    The church spire of St. Michael’s can be seen for miles, as Leafield is a hill-top village and a...

    4.52 miles away
  7. Taynton

    Taynton


    A small village close to Burford, just over a mile further up the Windrush Valley. The village...

    4.58 miles away
  8. Fulbrook

    Fulbrook


    A short distance from Burford, the village overlooks the Windrush valley. The parish church is...

    4.66 miles away
  9. View of Salford

    Salford

    The name of Salford originates from a crossing in the London turnpike road and an old salt track...

    4.89 miles away
  10. Chipping Norton Almshouses

    Chipping Norton

    Chipping Norton is a bustling, buzzing, working Cotswold market town at the ‘Gateway to the...

    5.11 miles away
  11. Looking down Burford's famous High Street

    Burford


    With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford...

    5.22 miles away
  12. Swinbrook ©Prof Derek Roe

    Swinbrook


    Swinbrook is a small village on the River Windrush, about 2 miles east of Burford. Apparently...

    5.27 miles away
  13. Water fountain

    Spelsbury


    Spelsbury is a small village on the road between Chipping Norton and Charlbury. By the side of...

    5.33 miles away
  14. Charlbury

    Charlbury


    Set in the Evenlode Valley in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, the market town of...

    5.79 miles away
  15. Over Norton

    Over Norton


    Just to the north of Chipping Norton, a pretty hamlet on the edge of a fine wooded park. Its...

    5.84 miles away
  16. Asthall village in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

    Asthall


    For a small village, Asthall is rich in history: a former Roman settlement on Akeman Street,...

    5.84 miles away
  17. Plough Inn at Finstock. Robin Smithett

    Finstock


    Sitting within the boundaries of the ancient royal hunting Forest of Wychwood, Finstock is a...

    6.48 miles away
  18. Ramsden. Photo by Robin Smithett

    Ramsden


    A beautiful and peaceful stone village on the north-east edge of the Cotswolds. Ramsden, meaning...

    6.56 miles away
  19. Minster Lovell Dovecote

    Minster Lovell


    This pretty village of Cotswold stone and thatched roofs is romantically positioned on the River...

    6.64 miles away
  20. Westwell in Oxfordshire

    Westwell

    A small, quiet village 2 miles south west of Burford, close to the county border with...

    6.97 miles away
  21. The Crown Inn in Church Enstone

    Enstone


    Enstone was originally recorded as Henestan in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Enestan and...

    7.37 miles away
  22. The pretty little 18th century hump backed bridge featured in TV drama Downton Abbey - photo courtesy of Chris Burton

    Shilton


    The attractive ford across ‘The Shill’ brook, the open village green and pretty stone cottages...

    7.42 miles away
  23. Hailey Church

    Hailey

    Located towards the southern edge of the ancient Wychwood Forest, Hailey derives its name from...

    7.44 miles away
  24. Thatched cottage in Great Rollright

    Great Rollright


    Just north of Chipping Norton, set high on a hill and enjoying panoramic views across the valley,...

    7.62 miles away
  25. Stonesfield

    Stonesfield


    Midway between Blenheim Great Park and the Wychwood Forest, Stonesfield enjoys a hillside...

    8.28 miles away
  26. Brize Norton church

    Brize Norton

    Though Brize Norton dates back to the middle ages, it is best known today for its RAF station,...

    8.29 miles away
  27. Carterton town centre

    Carterton


    Carterton is one of Oxfordshire’s newest towns and the second largest in West Oxfordshire. In...

    8.52 miles away
  28. The Buttercross and Town Hall

    Witney

    Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point...

    8.79 miles away
  29. The windmill at North Leigh

    North Leigh


    Best known for the 4th century Roman villa site alongside the River Evenlode, North Leigh sits...

    8.83 miles away
  30. Swerford

    Swerford

    A hidden gem of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, set on the side of the valley above the River Swere and...

    9.47 miles away
  31. The Village Green in Combe

    Combe


    The name Combe, meaning valley, seems inappropriate for a village set on a hill top 45m above...

    9.52 miles away
  32. Great Tew

    Great Tew

    Constructed by 19th century landscape gardener, John Loudon, as part of an extensive park...

    9.84 miles away
  33. Village pond Ducklington

    Ducklington


    Close to the River Windrush just south of Witney and now by-passed, the village focal point is...

    9.9 miles away
  34. The old stocks in Glympton ©Elaine Argent

    Glympton

    Glympton is a charming little village on the River Glyme, 3 miles north of Woodstock. The village...

    10.05 miles away
  35. St Marys Black Bourton

    Black Bourton


    Near to Bampton, this village is worth a visit to see the outstanding medieval wall paintings in...

    10.16 miles away
  36. Filkins ©Tom Brown

    Filkins & Broughton Poggs


    You may go looking for two villages but in practice you’ll only find one - and a beautiful one it...

    10.23 miles away
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