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St. Martin's Church, Bladon

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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.HistoryThe 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.A print hung in the present St Martin's shows the old church before its demolition in 1802. This print shows an ornate Norman doorway to the south porch, which suggests a 12th or late 11th century date for the building. It also shows a clerestory that would have increased the amount of natural light in the nave.The parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials date from 1545 and are kept at the Bodleian library in Oxford.
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  • Winston S. Churchill's grave stone easily found if one walks to the left side of church building. It was obvious the grave is still visited by family from flowers recently left with touching remembran...  more »
  • An amazing understated church yard where Winston Churchill, his wife Clementine and other relations are buried in a family plot. The greatest Englishman of the 20th century would be very proud. I know...  more »
  • Never thought I'd visit Churchill's grave. Always thought he was buried at Westminster Abbey. Came to Woodstock and took the chance to come here. Really pleased that we came to this lovely church, qui...  more »