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St. Mary's, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire.jpg
St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Swinbrook is located in Oxfordshire
Swinbrook shown within Oxfordshire
Population 135 (parish, with Widford) (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP2812
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Burford
Postcode district OX18
Dialling code 01993
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
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 Swinbrook and Widford's parish population as 139.[1]


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

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]

David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale had Swinbrook House built 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village.[4] Four of his six daughters are buried in the parish churchyard: Nancy, Unity, and Diana are buried side by side, while Pamela is buried northwest of the tower.[5]

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.

Swinbrook Cricket Club[6] has two teams. They play in division 5 and 10 respectively of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association.[7]


HMS P514 monument in St Mary the Virgin parish church

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Media related to Swinbrook at Wikimedia Commons