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Oxfordshire Museums Council

Bringing History to the Public

Churchill & Sarsden Heritage Centre

 “A little gem…”

Possibly the smallest museum in Oxfordshire, the Heritage Centre is placed in a stunning setting overlooking the site of the ‘lost’ village of Churchill, destroyed by fire in 1684.

Interactive touch screens tell the stories of two eminent men born in the village.  William Smith, the ‘Father of English Geology’ who first mapped Britain’s strata, was born to the village blacksmith in 1769.  Warren Hastings, born here in 1732, became the first governor-general of India and then settled in nearby Daylesford House.

Archive material, photographs, maps and village records are also available, together with DVDs of local history and digitised photo displays and temporary exhibitions about Churchill village with oral history recordings.

Churchill Old Church was built in the 14th century on the site of earlier churches going back to Saxon times. After a disastrous fire in 1684 the village was abandoned and a new village was built in stone closer to the crest of the hill. In 1827 a new church was built on the top of the hill, the old church being demolished except for the chancel which now houses the Heritage Centre. The Old Church is the last medieval building in Churchill.

Address Museum, Hastings Hill, Churchill, Oxon .
(post to Birchwood, Sidings Road, Churchill, Oxon OX7 6ND)
Telephone 01608 658603
E-mail here
Web www.churchillheritage.org.uk
Opening April – September inclusive, Saturday and Sunday 2.00 – 4.30
Admission Free
Visitor facilities Car park, small shop
Disabled access Wheelchair access
Public transport X8 from Chipping Norton and Kingham Station. Stagecoach bus route 233 (on Sundays only) from Witney, Burford, Kingham and Chipping Norton.

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