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St. Mary's, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire.jpg
St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Swinbrook is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population139 (parish, with Widford) (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP2812
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBurford
Postcode districtOX18
Dialling code01993
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°48′25″N 1°35′38″W / 51.807°N 1.594°W / 51.807; -1.594Coordinates: 51°48′25″N 1°35′38″W / 51.807°N 1.594°W / 51.807; -1.594

Swinbrook is a village on the River Windrush, about 2 miles (3 km) east of Burford in Oxfordshire, England. The village is in the civil parish of Swinbrook and Widford. Widford is a hamlet about 0.5 miles (800 m) west of Swinbrook. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 139.[1]


The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin dates from about 1200.[2] Its unusual open-sided bell-tower was added in 1822.[2] The church is noted for its 17th-century Fettiplace monuments;[3] that of 1686 was carved by William Bird of Oxford.[4] St Mary's also has 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.

In 1926, David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale had Swinbrook House built 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village.[5] Four of his six daughters (the "Mitford sisters") are buried in the parish churchyard: Nancy, Unity, and Diana are buried side by side, while Pamela is buried northwest of the tower.[6] There is a tablet in the church commemorating their only brother, Tom, killed in March 1945 in Burma.


Swinbrook Cricket Club[7] has two teams. They play in division 5 and 10 respectively of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association.[8]

One of the Fettiplace monuments in St Mary the Virgin parish church


HMS P514 monument in St Mary the Virgin parish church
  1. ^ "Area: Swinbrook and Widford (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 799.
  3. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 800.
  4. ^ dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 by Rupert Gunnis
  5. ^ Ottewell 1999, p. 71.
  6. ^ Pearson 2004, p. 93.
  7. ^ Swinbrook Cricket Club Archived 18 July 2012 at archive.today
  8. ^ Oxfordshire Cricket Association

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Media related to Swinbrook at Wikimedia Commons