St Nicholas' parish church
|Area||5.78 km2 (2.23 sq mi)|
|Population||204 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||35/km2 (91/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Britwell Salome Parish Meeting|
Until the Norman conquest of England, a Saxon called Wulfstan held the manor of Britwell, as well as three others in the area including Adwell. The Domesday Book records that by 1086 Britwell had been granted to the Norman Miles Crispin, the first castellan of Wallingford Castle.
In front of the house to the southeast is a freestanding neoclassical column, with a large stone urn as a finial. It was built for Sir Edward Simeon in 1764 as a monument to his parents. In Britwell Park, north of the house, is a limestone obelisk with a pineapple finial. It too was erected for Sir Edward Simeon in the middle of the 18th century.
In 1865–67 the church was rebuilt to designs by the Gothic Revival architect Charles Buckeridge. There was a church at Britwell Priors northeast of the village, but despite an objection from the Oxford Diocesan architect GE Street it was demolished, and Buckeridge re-used some of its materials in the rebuilding of St Nicholas.
The Red Lion pub was built late in the 18th or early 19th century. The Tithe Commissioners met here in 1841. It is now a gastropub. For a time it was called The Goose, which won a Michelin Star, and was owned by Paul Castle, but it ceased trading in July 2010. Since April 2012 the pub has traded again under its former name of the Red Lion.
Britwell Salome Cricket Club plays traditional, Sunday afternoon matches and occasional midweek fixtures. In 2014, it received much attention in local and national press as the subject of an unusual six-hitting ban. The club formerly competed in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association.
Southeast of the village is Britwell Hill, past which runs the Ridgeway. There is a view of the Vale of Oxford looking down from the straight road that links the hill and the village.
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- The Red Lion, Britwell Salome
- Britwell Salome Cricket Club
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