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DID you know that All Saints Shorthampton is well known for its medieval wall paintings dating from the early 15th century? Or that All Saints Spelsbury is the burial place of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, the dissolute restoration poet? And the tower of All Saints, Churchill is a two thirds scale copy of Magdalen College tower in Oxford.
The first church on the site of St Kenelm's, Enstone, dates from 850 AD and was founded soon after the murder of an Anglo Saxon child king.
These are just a few nuggets of information in a new publication that gives a brief overview of each of the 33 churches in the Chipping Norton Deanery.
Complete with a deanery map, information on local facilties including loos, cafes and pubs, the booklet is designed for tourists who are keen to explore this picturesque part of rural Oxfordshire. In the welcome note at the start the Revd Jan Fielden, Area Dean, says: "Visitors to this part of the Cotswolds, whether you are walking on the many footpaths in the area, visiting by car or are local residents, are all welcome to visit our churches, not only to enjoy the buildings but to take time to reflect in the peace and stillness of these buildings. " The booklet includes information on where keys for any churches that are not open during daylight hours can be found.
Designed by Graham Stacey, who created the templates for the lastest redesign of the Door the publication opens with prayers visitors may like to use when they are inside the churches.
It can be found in all of the churches in the Chipping Norton deanery.