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St Giles, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire

(51°51′33″N, 1°15′59″W)
SP 506 181
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Oxfordshire
now Oxfordshire
medieval Lincoln
now Oxford
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Janet Newson
7 Sept, 2 Oct 2012

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Feature Sets

Bletchingdon is located in N Oxfordshire, midway between Oxford and Bicester. The present church has a 13thc. chancel and a Perpendicular nave and W tower. It was much restored in the 19thc. There is evidence of earlier work in the blocked round-headed arch of a lancet-sized window on the N side of the chancel, and the Romanesque stone fragment of star-in-square carving, probably from a lintel, mounted on the outside of the S wall of the nave.


The earliest evidence for the church's existence is from 1074, when a grant of tithes was made by Robert d'Oilly (VCH). The church is situated within Bletchingdon Park, which was extended in the 16thc. A Georgian house succeeded the original manor house.

St Giles belongs to the Akeman benefice, comprising Bletchingdon, Great Chesterton, Hampton Gay, Kirtlington, Middleton Stoney and Weston-on-the-Green.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


The width of the decorated stone fragment is consistent with it being a lintel, possibly from a previous S doorway.


J. Sherwood and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth 1974, 475-6.

Victoria County History: Oxfordshire, 6 (1959), 56-71.