St Martin

    Address

  • Church Street
  • Bladon
  • OX20 1RW

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  • Toilets: church

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Brief Description

St Martin's Church in Bladon near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, is the Church of England parish church of Bladon-with-Woodstock. It is also the mother church of St Mary Magdalene at Woodstock, which was originally a chapel of ease. It is best known for the graves of the Spencer-Churchill family, including Sir Winston Churchill, in its churchyard.

  • Main Description

    The first church on the current site was probably built in the 11th or 12th century. The earliest references to the church state that John de London, Henry III's chaplain, obtained from the King a grant of the Manor of Bladon, with the advowson of the Rectory in 1269.

    In 1891 the architect A.W. Blomfield rebuilt the chancel, restored the nave and added new windows, and added pinnacles on the tower.[1] Unlike the medieval church, the new building has no clerestory and despite the windows that Blomfield added the interior remains relatively dark.

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