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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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  • Once we had found it (missed the small signs) it was worth the walk from Woodstock. Lovely church which had a corner dedicated to Churchill and well maintained. The graveyard is tidy and Churchills gr...  more »
  • This is the final resting place of Sir Winston Churchill, which doesn't seem to be mentioned in many of the guidebooks. Many of his family are also buried there, in the family plot, which is very unde...  more »
  • I read somewhere that only one tourist per ten thousand visitors of the nearby Palace of the family of the Churchill family in Blenheim Palace visits this place. In a small country Church St. Martins is the tomb of longtime Prime Minister of Great Britain-Winston Churchill. A small, modest plate reminds of this great statesman. According to me the place notable tour will not all of 5 min.
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