November 4 – A visit to Witney

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Although we have been to Witney several times before it is mostly to go to the supermarket and we had never actually been to the town centre before so today we decided to remedy that. We parked right outside St Mary the Virgin church and went in to have a look. The church building of St Mary’s is huge and very old, one of the oldest buildings in Witney and one of the biggest in West Oxfordshire. Its origins go back to Norman times but the present building is mostly 13th-century and was dedicated in 1243. Standing on Church Green near the town centre, and with its spire a landmark for miles around, it is hard to miss.

It was a cruciform church but the front part was completely blocked off for renovations. They had a list of vicars that dates from 1209 and a round font. There is a tomb with three brasses on top of it to Richard Wenman. There were two more tombs in the North Transept. There were some lovely stained glass windows including one by Clayton & Bell but my favourite window was a big one with St. Augustine, St. Edward, St. Hilda, St. Alban, St. Oswald and St Aidan then below was Matthew, Mark, Paul, Stephen, Luke, and John and below it Melchizedec , Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah and Ezekiel.

Then we walked down to the Witney square where there was a medieval buttercross which had a clock added in 1683 and a historic village hall. There was a market on so we had a look around the stalls and some of the shops.

There was a wedding on in the hotel that evening and the bridesmaids were all dressed in purple and looked lovely.