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Medieval wall paintings in the church at Black Bourton


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 Church in Cassington

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    Cassington - St Peter's Church


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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…

  2. 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…

  3. St Mary the Virgin at Chastleton

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    Chastleton - St Mary's Church


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

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    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…

  5. St James Church Fulbrook

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    Fulbrook - St James the Great Church


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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…

  6. St Mary's Church - Witney

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    Witney - St Mary's Church


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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…

  7. St Nicholas Church, Idbury

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    Idbury - St Nicholas Church


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    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…

  8. St John the Evangelist Church in Carterton

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    Carterton - St John the Evangelist Church


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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.

  9. 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…

  10. St Stephen's Clanfield

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    Clanfield - St Stephen's Church


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    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…

  11. Leafield Church

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    Leafield - St Michael and All Angels Church


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    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.