The Church of St John the Baptist, Burford, is one of the largest in Oxfordshire, yet hidden away from the throngs of tourists swarming around this ancient Saxon-Medieval town. Here are the most interesting facts about it: 1. The church was built in the 12th Century and expanded during the 14th and 15th Centuries as … Continue reading History Facts: #5 Transepts, Tombs and Turret Clocks
Minster Lovell is a small village and parish situated in the Windrush Valley, and midway between the towns of Burford and Witney in Oxfordshire. It’s divided into three parts, Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster with a combined population of about 1500. Although there have been findings here from the Neolithic period, it’s the … Continue reading History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint
Driving from our home to Uffington, inspired by a blue sky and winter sun, we had every intention of a walk up the White Horse Hill of Neolithic fort fame. However we got sidetracked by noticing for the first time, despite our many trips down this road, a rather splendid looking church in perfect cruciform … Continue reading History Facts: #2 This church is older than it looks!
I’m often saddened that our Saxon churches haven’t survived through the centuries, but it’s not so surprising considering that many were either built from wood, or that after 1066 the Norman invaders thought them too simple and rebuilt them. However, the closest we have seen to something resembling such a Saxon church is only around … Continue reading History Facts: #1 Saxons, Carols and Thieves.
We are exhausted, worn out, drained! The three week Trans USA rail journey is to blame, a whirlwind of cities, national parks, hotels, trains, buses, rivers, architecture has taken its toll on us physically and mentally. Time for a period of rest and recuperation before our month in France exploring a few wine regions. Which … Continue reading From USA Cities to Medieval English Churches