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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 George's Church in Kencot (©Derek Cotterill)

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    Kencot - St George's Church

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    Kencot

    St George's Church in Kencot is of late 12th century origin and features a tower with a curious side turret with a sloping roof, which was added later and makes it look unfinished.

    The inner south doorway is a fine example of late Norman design and the area under the arch (the tympanum) has a...

  2. St Kenelm's Church in Enstone (photo courtesy of oxfordshirechurches.info)

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    Enstone - St Kenelm's Church

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    Enstone

    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...

  3. St Mary's Church - Witney

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    Witney - St Mary's Church

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    Witney

    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...

  4. St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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    Woodstock - St Mary Magdalene Church

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    Woodstock

    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...

  5. St John the Evangelist Church in Carterton

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    Carterton - St John the Evangelist Church

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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.

  6. Broadwell Church cDerek Cotterill

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    Broadwell - St Peter & St Paul's Church

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    Broadwell

    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...

  7. 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...

  8. Leafield Church

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    Leafield - St Michael and All Angels Church

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    Leafield

    Designed in 1859 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Michael and All Angels was consecrated in 1860, although the spire, a distinctive feature on the horizon for many miles around, was not completed until 1874.

  9. 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...

  10. St James the Great Church in South Leigh

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    South Leigh - St James the Great Church

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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...

  11. St Nicholas Church, Idbury

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    Idbury - St Nicholas Church

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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...

  12. St Leonards Church Eynsham

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    Eynsham - St Leonard's Church

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    Eynsham

    St Leonards dates from the 13th century but was heavily restored in Victorian times by William Wilkinson in 1856 and H.G.W. Drinkwater in 1892.

  13. St James Church Fulbrook

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    Fulbrook - St James the Great Church

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    Fulbrook

    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...

  14. St Peter & St Paul Church in Church Hanborough

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    Church Hanborough - St Peter & St Paul Church

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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. ...

  15. St Stephen's Clanfield

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    Clanfield - St Stephen's Church

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    Clanfield

    A small 13th century church, standing behind its churchyard on the north-west edge of the village, next to Chestlion Farm which may have been the manor house. The western tower, with four pinnacles and a squat figure of Saint Stephen on its south-east corner, houses a ring of eight bells. The...

  16. Holy Trinity Church in Ascott under Wychwood

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    Ascott-under-Wychwood - Holy Trinity Church

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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...

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

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    Hailey - St John the Evangelist Church

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    Hailey

    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...

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

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    Wilcote - St Peter's Church

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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...

  20. St Nicholas Church, Asthall

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    Asthall

    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...