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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

St John the Baptist Church Burford

St John the Baptist Church in Burford was built between 1160 and 1495AD. The Church has an interesting role in English history. In May 1649, 340 out of 800 troopers in the Parliamentary Army who had mutinied in Salisbury were confined here. Among these men, 3 leaders were identified and executed in the churchyard on May 17th of that year. These mutinous troops had demanded to be paid before being sent to Ireland and for steps to be taken toward a representative democracy. These troops were called the 'Levellers'. One Leveller, Anthony Sedley, carved his name on the font in the church.


St John the Baptist Church, Burford
The interior of St John the Baptist Church in Burford (see below) is particularly striking for its richness. The church has been described as the 'queen of Oxfordshire'.

St John the Baptist Church, Burford
Among the fascinating interior elements of the St John the Baptist Church in Burford are the numerous plaques detailing donations by local townspeople (see below).

St John the Baptist Church, Burford
St John the Baptist Church is located at the end of Lawrence Lane in Burford. Visitors to St John the Baptist Church in Burford may want to visit the rest of historic Burford as well as nearby Bourton-on-the-Water or Bibury.


St John the Baptist
Church Green
Burford, Oxfordshire
OX18 4RY
Tel: 01993 823788
St John the Baptist Map

© 2010 John Westby

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