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St Mary's Church, Swinbrook

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Perched on a hillock overlooking the river, St Mary's Church is an early 12th-century church full of historic interest. A narrow crenelated square tower at the west end is an odd Georgian addition to the Romanesque and early Gothic exterior. Illuminated through clear glass windows, a simple but spacious interior feels very light. Notice the two sets of effigies on the south side of the chancel. Stacked as if on shelves, the monuments to the male members of the Fettiplace family are a striking reminder of how powerful and wealthy this family once was. In the churchyard you'll find the graves of the four Mitford sisters. Arrange your visit to St Mary's Church and discover more family-friendly attractions in Burford using our Burford route planning tool.
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  • This lovely little church is home to the Fettiplace monuments. Six of the Fettiplace lords are commemorated, reclining figures stacked in two groups of three, as if stored in aristocratic filing...  more »
  • We went here specifically to visit the graves of the Mitford sisters. We saw Nancy, Unity and Diana’s graves. I know Pamela’s grave is there too but we didn’t see it. It’s not that easy to get to and....  more »
  • Relatively ordinary from the outside, but full of interest inside: two AMAZING triple-decker funerary monuments; charming medieval stained glass; medieval stalls with misericords said to be from Burford Priory; and interesting wall tablets. Well worth a detour!
  • Beautiful old church building in the village of Swinbrook, just outside Burford. The main building days from the 12th century and there is a rather peculiar memorial to a local family of dignataries, descended from the Normans called the Fettiplace family.
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