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Little Faringdon Church


The great wealth of local, medieval wool merchants paid for many of the churches in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and many of their spires dominate the skyline for miles around. Burford’s church is particularly fine with a number of fascinating monuments, including some 1649 graffiti on its lead font.

There are a number of famous burials in Oxfordshire Cotswolds churches, including Sir Winston Churchill’s grave at Bladon, William Morris' at Kelmscott and four of the Mitford sisters at SwinbrookBampton’s St Mary’s Church has become famous as the church in Downton Abbey where the wedding of Mary Crawley took place. Other churches have ornate tombs, medieval brasses, wall paintings or, like the church at Widford, a stunning location as well.

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  1. St Peter's Broughton Poggs cDerek Cotterill

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    Broughton Poggs

    St Peter’s, Broughton Poggs, is situated in a farmyard, although many of the former barns on the north side have been converted into modern dwellings. The building is basically Norman but there is a suggestion that the tower might be Saxon.

    The nave is 12th century so this section was probably...

  2. St Giles Church in Standlake

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    Like so many churches, St Giles Church is medieval in origin but has had many alterations and restorations over the years. The unusual octagonal tower dates to the 14th century and during the extensive Victorian restoration in the 1880s, Clapton C Rolfe redesigned its roof with elaborately carved...

  3. St Mary the Virgin at Chastleton

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    Next to the National Trust property of Chastleton House (pre-booking required for visiting) the Church is best known for its brasses. The medieval floor tiles have been well worn over the centuries and the font dates back to the 13th century, possibly earlier. There are also some interesting 17th...

  4. St Margaret's Church in Little Faringdon (photo courtesy of

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    Little Faringdon

    A small, picturesque church dating back to the 12th century but with a little 19th century bellcote. There are a few pieces of medieval glass.

  5. St Peter & St Paul Church in Church Hanborough

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    Church Hanborough

    The church's octagonal limestone spire is visible from all around. Dating back to the 12th century, the church was internally remodelled in the 14th century. Its most treasured work is the Norman tympanum over the North door showing St Peter with his key, the lion of St Mark and a Lamb of God. ...

  6. St Nicholas Church, Asthall

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    A 12th century church in the Windrush Valley, with a 14th century transept converted into a chantry chapel. This has a very rare small 14th century altar with a built-in piscina, two reliquaries and a huge tomb recess housing a delicately carved effigy of the Lady Joan Cornwall in a wimple. Rare...

  7. St Mary's Church in Swinbrook

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    Set in the Windrush Valley, St Mary's church is 12th century with early enlargements and a tower tacked on in 1822 – a recent ‘afterthought’. It is full of interest and light, the clear glass windows illuminating both the architecture and some amazing monuments to the Fettiplace family – six...

  8. St Peter's Church in Cassington

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    St Peter's is a fine Norman church with lovely woodwork and glass. It was built in the early years of the 12th century by Geoffrey de Clinton, treasurer to Henry I. The church was altered and added to in the 14th century - these changes included the spire and porches and the insertion of new...

  9. St Mary's Church - Witney

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    Standing at one end of Church Green, the imposing 156ft spire and impressive size of St Mary’s reflects the wealth and importance of Witney in the Middle Ages; much of this wealth came from the wool trade. It is likely that the Bishops of Winchester were responsible for the founding of the current...

  10. Broadwell Church cDerek Cotterill

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    This large medieval cruciform church, with a north and south transept, dates back to the 12th to 14th centuries and reflects the importance of Broadwell (or Bradwell) at that time. Nowadays it stands in a small village of a few houses, with another small village, Kencot, just beyond the eastern...

  11. Filkins Church (photo courtesy of Derek Cotterill)

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    St Peter’s, Filkins was built in medieval (Victorian Gothic) style in 1855 - 57 by George Edmund Street, who went on to build the Law Courts in the Strand, London.

    Filikins was originally part of Broadwell parish and given by Ralph de Limesi of Broadwell to the Knights Templar soon after 1185....

  12. All Saints Church in Churchill - photo courtesy of

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    Built in 1826, All Saints has a west tower that is a slimmer version of the tower of Magdalen College in Oxford (reduced by a third in size) and inside is a hammerbeam roof copied from the hall of Christ Church in Oxford. Otherwise the church is typically Georgian with a broad nave, narrow isles...

  13. Holy Trinity Church, Finstock (photo courtesy of

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    Holy Trinity was built in Gothic Revival style in 1841, though then it only consisted of the nave. The chancel was added in 1905 - then intention was to demolish and rebuild the nave as well but the money available didn't match the vicar's ambitions - protruding stones for interlocking the chancel...

  14. Holy Trinity Church in Ascott under Wychwood

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    Holy Trinity is set in the heart of the beautiful village of Ascott-under-Wychwood. It abounds with fascinating historical features and has been the centre of worship in the village for some 900 years.

    It mainly dates from the 12th century and is quite small and simple, set in a picturesque...

  15. St Andrew's Church in Great Rollright

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    Great Rollright

    Set on a small rise to the east of the village of Great Rollright, St Andrew's church, despite its modest size, is a fine medieval church well worth a visit and features decorative and architechtural stonework of great quality and originality. Outside The church is approached through an unusual...

  16. St James the Great Church in South Leigh

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    South Leigh

    There has been a church here since Norman times, although most of the existing church is late 15th century there is a Norman doorway in the south wall. The church is full of interest with several fine medieval wall paintings: the Virgin and St Michael (on the south wall), a lively Last Judgement...

  17. St Kenelm's Church in Enstone (photo courtesy of

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    The earliest church here dates from around 850 AD and the present church has thirteen centuries of history with nine phases of building, rebuilding and change. There is a beautiful 14th century stone porch with the ceiling divided into eight sections, supported and decorated with carved stone...

  18. St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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    Woodstock - St Mary Magdalene Church


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    St Mary Magdalene Church was built in the reign of Henry I for the convenience of the court during royal visits to the royal hunting lodge of Woodstock Manor - the main parish church was (and remained for centuries) at St Martin's Church in Bladon, for which St Mary Magdalene was a chapel at ease...

  19. St James Church Fulbrook

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    St James the Great Church is a fine example of a Norman church that managed to escape overly enthusiastic Victorian restoration. The north aisle was added about 1200 and the porch in the late 13th century. This fine building containing memorials to several 17th century families (including a lovely...

  20. St John the Evangelist Church in Carterton

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    St John’s Church began life in 1908 as a Mission Church to Black Bourton. It was rebuilt in 1963 as a dual purpose hall/church and developed again in 1994 with a new extension and worship area.