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The font in Shilton 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 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Broadwell Church cDerek Cotterill

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    Broadwell - St Peter & St Paul's Church


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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...

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

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    Langford - St Matthew's Church


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    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...

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

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    Enstone - St Kenelm's Church


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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...

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

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    Wilcote - St Peter's Church


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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...

  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 George's Church in Kencot (©Derek Cotterill)

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    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...

  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...

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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.