St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Swinbrook shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||135 (parish, with Widford) (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Swinbrook and Widford|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin dates from about 1200. Its unusual open-sided bell-tower was added in 1822. The church is noted for its 17th-century Fettiplace monuments.
David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale had Swinbrook House built 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. Four of his six daughters are buried in the village graveyard: the novelist Nancy Mitford and her sisters Unity, Diana and Pamela.
St Mary's has also a monument to the officers and men of the Royal Navy submarine HMS P514, and especially its commander, Lieutenant W.A. Phillimore, whose parents lived at Swinbrook. In 1942 P514 failed to identify herself to the Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS Georgian. The Canadian ship therefore assumed the submarine to be an enemy vessel and rammed P514, sinking her with the loss of all hands.
- "Area selected: West Oxfordshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 799.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 800.
- Ottewell 1999, p. 71.
- Swinbrook Cricket Club
- Oxfordshire Cricket Association
Sources and further reading
- Case, Humphrey (1958). "Swinbrook, Oxon.". Oxoniensia (Oxford Architectural and Historical Society). XXIII: 138.
- Hinton, David A. (1971). "Medieval Pottery from Swinbrook, Oxon.". Oxoniensia (Oxford Architectural and Historical Society). XXXVI: 107–110.
- Ottewell, Gordon (1999). Literary strolls around the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. Wilmslow: Sigma Leisure. p. 71. ISBN 1-85058-687-X.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 799–800. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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