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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 Marys Church North Leigh - photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels

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    North Leigh

    An architecturally fascinating church: the church is late Anglo-Saxon in origin with the bell tower probably built in the first half of the 11th century; in the latter part of the 12th century the Saxon nave was abandoned and its arch in the west wall of the tower was blocked up. A new nave was…

  2. St Kenelm's church in Minster Lovell near Witney

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    Minster Lovell

    St Kenelm's Church in Minster Lovell is mainly 15th century, built on the foundations of an earlier priory minster. This explains the unusual cruciform shape with a central tower. The whole church is “almost entirely unaltered and has handsome details” (Pevsner). It is situated next to the ruins of…

  3. 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…

  4. St Mary the Virgin Chipping Norton

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    Chipping Norton

    A wool church and Grade I listed building, St Mary the Virgin is tucked away near the bottom of the hill on which the town sits. The setting seems incongruous, however it is here in the shadow of the church, and what was once the castle, that the settlement was originally concentrated. In the early…

  5. St Mary the Virgin at Chastleton

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    Chastleton

    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…

  6. St John the Evangelist Church in Carterton

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    Carterton

    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.

  7. St Mary the Virgin Church in Charlbury

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    Charlbury

    Parts of the present building date from the 12th century, though a Saxon church may have existed here. From 1094 until the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII, all appointments to the living of Charlbury were made by the Abbey of Eynsham. From 1296 the Abbey received the main tithes of…

  8. St Peter's Church in Wilcote (photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches)

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    Wilcote

    St Peter's Church in Wilcote is probably of 12th century origin but with a significant Victorian restoration. The church comprises a small, low chancel, a nave with west bellcote, and a north porch, and is built of coursed limestone rubble with a stone slate roof. The nave and chancel are of the…

  9. St John The Evangelist Church in Hailey (photo courtesy www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

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    St John the Evangelist is Victorian, built in 1868/9 to replace an 18th century church close by. The church was designed by the incumbent vicar's 21 year old son, CC Rolfe, but altered slightly on the diocesan architect's orders as he felt the design 'unnecessarily eccentric'. It is built in the…

  10. St Margaret's Church in Little Faringdon (photo courtesy of www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

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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.

  11. Holy Trinity Church in Ascott under Wychwood

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    Ascott-under-Wychwood

    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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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. …

  14. St Nicholas Church, Idbury

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    Idbury

    Mainly 15th century in character, but with a fine reset 12th century Norman north doorway with chevrons and saltire crosses in the arch, the church has a peaceful, uncluttered interior with a fine 15th century font. In the graveyard look out for the grave of Sir Benjamin Baker, the designer of the…

  15. St Peter's Church, Alvescot

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    Alvescot

    The architecture is in the Early English and Perpendicular styles consisting of nave, 14th century porch, transepts, north and south chapels. Originally there was no tower but it was added in the 15th century after a local benefactor, John Bonde, left 100 sheep to fund its building! 

    Inside…

  16. Holy Trinity Church, Finstock (photo courtesy of www.oxfordshirechurches.info)

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    Finstock

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. All Saints Church in Shorthampton - photo courtesy of Oxfordshire Churches

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    Shorthampton

    The hamlet of Shorthampton consists of little more than a farm and the church. The church has an unusual, boxlike appearance: no tower or spire, shallow roofs and square headed windows. Inside there are a number of unusual features but what immediately catches the eye is the wall paintings. Though…

  19. St Matthew's church in Langford (© Derek Cotterill)

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    Langford

    St Matthew's church stands slightly adrift of the village, which has over time shifted north west to the junction with the Lechlade Road. As well as having Saxon fabric of exceptional interest in its tower and porch it also contains beautiful and unusual Early English stonework in its chancel and…

  20. St Mary's Church in Holwell (photo courtesy of Derek Cotterill)

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    Holwell

    Built in 1895 to replace an earlier church and medieval chapel of ease. Although some brick and some stone from the earlier church was re-used, all the woodwork was sawn up and given to the poor as firewood or burnt on a bonfire. Thankfully some Flemish panels, which can be seen in the pulpit,…