16 April 2015
Tour led by Peter Britton, one of our members, who has lived in the area for many years and has an extensive knowledge of the locality and monuments.
The first church of the day was All Saints, Spelsbury, where we will view the Lee and Dillon (from nearby Ditchley) family tombs, including the fine Jacobean tomb of Sir Henry Lee, lst Bt: the baroque tomb of Edward Henry Lee, lst Earl of Lichfield, who married the Lady Charlotte Fitzroy (illegitimate daughter of CharlesII0; the 3rd Earl's tomb designed by Henry Keen and carved by W tyler which according to John Martin Robinson is one of the most interesting neo-classical monuments in England, and the 4th Earl's tomb also carved by Tyler. Also the Victorian Gothic revival tomb to the 14th Viscount Dillon.
Then St Mary's Church, Swinbrook, to see the unique Tudor and Stuart monuments to members of the Fettiplace family.
Lunch at The Swan, Swinbrook, then the small and isolated, very atmospheric church of St Oswald, Widford on the slopes of the Windrush Valley, with 18th centry fittings and traces of wall paintings.
And lastly, St John the Baptist, Burford, with its churchyard full of bale tombs. It has a glorious three storey porch, array of chapels and monuments including one to Chritopher Kempster, mason to Christopher Wren.