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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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  • Having visited Blenheim and seen where Churchill was born, we took a short detour to Bladon to visit his grave. As we also live very near to Churchill's beautiful house Chartwell this visit completed ...  more »
  • We visited with an American friend on Dec 7th 2016 - 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbour; and we had the place to ourselves. Except the sounds of children playing in the school playground adjacent the g...  more »
  • This Church and its graveyard is in Bladon Oxfordshire which was just up the road from where we were staying for the weekend. On our way to Blenheim we stopped here to look at Sir Winston Churchill's ...  more »