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Medieval wall paintings in the church at Black Bourton

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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. 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…

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

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    Minster Lovell - St Kenelm's Church

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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 Giles Church in Standlake

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    Standlake

    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…

  4. St Bartholomew's Church Ducklington

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    Ducklington - St Bartholomew's Church

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    Ducklington

    St Bartholomew's Church dates from the 11th century with the north aisle the most interesting architectural feature of the church. In front of the font is the original Tudor period alms chest. The tower is late 15th century and houses a clock which is 300 years old but still works efficiently.

  5. St Mary the Virgin Chipping Norton

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    Chipping Norton - St Mary the Virgin Church

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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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. St George's Church in Kencot (©Derek Cotterill)

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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…

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

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    Little Faringdon - St Margaret's Church

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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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  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 & 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. …

  20. 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…