SS Peter and Paul parish church
Swalcliffe shown within Oxfordshire
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North of the village are the site of an Iron Age hill fort on Madmarston Hill, the site of a Roman villa at Swalcliffe Lea, and course of a former Roman Road (now a bridleway). One authority asserts that there was a Roman or Romano-British village here.
The Church of England parish church of SS. Peter and Paul is Anglo-Saxon in origin but was rebuilt in the 12th and 14th centuries. The bell tower was built in the 13th century and made higher in the 15th century. It has a ring of six bells cast by Matthew I Bagley and Henry II Bagley of Chacombe, Northamptonshire in 1685. Richard Sanders of Bromsgrove recast one of them in 1720.
Swalcliffe Tithe Barn
Swalcliffe tithe barn was built for New College, Oxford in 1401–07. It has an almost completely intact medieval timber half-cruck roof and is considered the finest medieval tithe barn in Oxfordshire and one of the best examples in England. The barn is open free of charge on Sundays from Easter to October and houses part of the Oxfordshire Museum's collection of traditional agricultural and trade vehicles and an exhibition of 2,500 years of Swalcliffe history. The building has similarities to the tithe barns at Adderbury and Upper Heyford, which also were built for New College around the beginning of the 15th century.
Swalcliffe has one public house, The Stag's Head. There is also a boarding school, Swalcliffe Park School, for boys with special educational needs. Swalcliffe has a church, a village hall (available for public use) and is served by a bus connection to Banbury and Stratford-Upon-Avon several times a day.
- "Area: Swalcliffe CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- Aston & Bond 1976, p. 45.
- Mills & Room 2003, p. not cited.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 795.
- Crossley 1972, pp. 225–260.
- Dovemaster (25 June 2010). "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Davies, Peter (15 December 2006). "Swalcliffe SS Peter & Paul". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- The Oxfordshire Museum
- Lobel 1959, pp. 196–205.
- Swalcliffe Park School
Sources and further reading
- Aston, Michael; Bond, James (1976). The Landscape of Towns. Archaeology in the Field Series. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. p. 45. ISBN 0-460-04194-0.
- Crossley, Alan (ed.); Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Cooper, N.H.; Harvey, P.D.A.; Hollings, Marjory; Hook, Judith; Jessup, Mary; Lobel, Mary D.; Mason, J.F.A.; Trinder, B.S.; Turner, Hilary (1972). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 10. Victoria County History. pp. 225–260.
- Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1959). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 6. Victoria County History. pp. 196–205.
- Mills, A.D.; Room, A. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. not cited. ISBN 0-19-852758-6.
- Munby, Julian; Steane, J.M. (1995). "Swalcliffe: A New College Barn in the Fifteenth Century". Oxoniensia (Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society) LX: 333–378. ISSN 0308-5562.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 860–862. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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- Article on Tithe Barns in Oxfordshire including history of construction of Swalcliffe Barn
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