Thatched roofs and St. Peter's steeple from the south-west
Broadwell shown within Oxfordshire
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The Church of England parish church of Saints Peter and Paul is a late Norman church built in about AD 1190. In about 1250 the bell tower and octagonal spire were built, the north and south transepts were added, the chancel remodelled and an arch was inserted in the north wall of the chancel, linking it to a new north chapel. The south wall of the chancel has also a window added early in the 14th century. A Perpendicular Gothic arch linking the north transept and chapel was inserted. In the 15th century a stair-turret was added to reach a room over the north transept. The church was restored under the direction of E.G. Bruton in 1873.
The tower has an historic ring of five bells from the 14th to the 17th centuries, plus a more recent Sanctus bell. Currently all are unringable. St. Peter's oldest bell was cast by an unknown founder in about 1349. The tenor was cast in about 1500 by Thomas Hasylwood, whose kinsman William Hasylwood had bell-foundries at Reading and Wokingham. The next was cast in 1581 by Thomas Carter, whose kinsman William Carter was a bell-founder at Reading and then at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Two more bells were cast by Edward Neale of Burford: one in 1653 and the treble in 1663. The Sanctus bell was cast in 1778 by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester.
The parish is now part of the Benefice of Shill Valley and Broadshire, which includes also the parishes of Alvescot, Black Bourton, Broughton Poggs, Filkins, Holwell, Kelmscott, Kencot, Langford, Little Faringdon, Shilton and Westwell.
RAF Broadwell was an airfield 2 miles (3 km) north of Broadwell, actually in the adjacent parish of Kencot. The airfield was in service from 1943 until 1947 and was used by Royal Air Force Transport Command.
Broadwell has a public house, the Five Bells.
- "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 490.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 489.
- Davies, Peter (12 December 2006). "Broadwell SS Peter and Paul". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- Dovemaster (25 June 2010). "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- Archbishops' Council (2010). "Benefice of Shill Valley and Broadshire". Church of England. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Airfields & Aviation Memorials website
- Controltowers.co.uk website
Sources and further reading
- Fisher, A.S.T. (1968). The History of Broadwell, Oxfordshire, with Filkins, Kelmscott and Holwell. privately published.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 488–490. ISBN 0 14 071045 0.
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