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“Three Neighbouring Churches”
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“Three Neighbouring Churches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2010

St Mary's Church in Swinbrook village, unremarkable from the outside, other than a hastily built tower on the west end. Ordinary-looking on the inside too - initially, until you head towards the altar, where there are some unusual tombs. Members of the Fettiplace family are represented, from the 16th century onwards and are sculptured laying on their side. The two rows of tombs, stacked in threes - one on top of the other, makes it an unusual sight. In addition, the nearby wooden fold-out seats are impressive and unusual with unique carvings on each of them.

Out of this churchyard, following a single sign to St Oswald's Church you find yourself walking down a country path and half a mile through two fields, until you reach the small church of St Oswald's. Due to its small size and relative isolation, I found it immediately endearing. I met two Americans visitors coming out, Dennis and his wife, who both appeared to share my sense of awe with this church. I directed them on, to St Mary's.

Inside, it is basic but not without interest. There are medieval wall paintings, faded but tantalisingly visible, boxed compartments for pews, an old wooden panel on the wall with some of the ten commandments written on it, and a passage out of Exodus on another panel. You get a sense of sparseness throughout the church, which made me feel quite humble.

A short drive westwards to Burford can lead you to the St John the Baptist church. This is quite a large church, ornate on the outside and with a very tall spire. I would have liked to have gotten inside, where I imagine it is quite grand, however they shut at 5pm on a Thursday and I was fifteen minutes later than this.

There will be another time, as Burford is a very pretty Cotswold town, serviced by many quaint shops, pubs and amenities, often with events going on.

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