St Peter’s Church

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Little Barrington is an attractive village in the Windrush valley to the west of Burford. Stone built houses are set round a long green with a stream flowing through it. The church is on the eastern edge of the village.

There has been a church here since the 12thC and the doorway, nave arches and tower base date from this time. The nave was rebuilt in the 14thC, the windows altered in the 15thC and it was restored in the 19thC.

The church is made up of nave, chancel and north aisle which has a small square battlemented tower at the west end. Above the chancel arch is a small belfry with a sanctus bell. The south porch covers a lovely carved door with chevrons and flowers around the arches and a small carved head at the top. Stone benches on either side of the porch were used for village meetings.

Steps lead down into the church. It is a simple church with whitewashed walls and wood beam ceiling. The north arcade is pure Norman with round pillars with carved capitals and round arches.

At the back of the church is a Perpendicular octagonal font with quatrefoils with flower motifs round the bowl.

At the back of the north aisle is a benefactors board and the Royal Coat of Arms. The Lord’s Prayer was painted above the arcade in 1736. There is another Gothic inscription from Ephesus 5 v 14-6.

The north aisle contains a small altar with empty niches which would have contained statues, which were destroyed during the Reformation. These have traces of wall paintings round them. The walls are marked out in a brick pattern with a small red flower motif. A squint gives a view of the high altar.

The chancel is empty apart from a priests chair and reading table. On either side of the east window are boards with the Ten Commandments. A corona with candles hangs from the roof.

There is nothing special to attract the tourists to the church. It is a small parish church with the passage of centuries giving it sanctity. If passing it is worth stopping to have a quick look.

The church is open all day. There is verge parking outside the church or more space in the village hall to the west.

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