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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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  • Because Blèkhejmskij have visited the Palace, well do not deviate from the path at 10 minutes to a quiet location as small village did not visit the grave of Churchill, his wife and other family members. Little old church. All as something very English, humbly and with dignity.
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  • Most visitors go to Blenhim Palace to see the Churchill history, many visitors fail to visit this Church to see the Churchill graves. We visited here as the primary school was closing. Would suggest a...  read more »
  • It's a shame that most visitors to Blenheim Palace miss the tiny town Bladon and Sir Winston Churchill's burial plot at St. Martin's Church. We were visiting from Canada and staying with cousins who l...  read more »
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