Milton & Shipton Churches

… from the Wychwoods Albums Archive

Church of St Simon and St Jude, Milton, 1897

This unfamiliar view of the church is taken from the east before the building of the vicarage in 1898. The relative newness of the building is accentuated by the lack of mature trees which are such a feature of the site today.

Milton church about 1910

The church and lychgate, together with the school and teacher’s house, were designed by G. E. Street and built in 1853-4 in the then popular Gothic style. James Haughton Langston MP of Sarsden helped to finance the scheme to provide the village with its own church. Until then Milton was part of Shipton parish although it did have Baptist, Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels, as there is a strong history of non-conformity in the area.

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Shipton

The present church is mainly twelfth century although it is believed to have been built on the site of a Saxon minster church. The original parish consisted of Shipton, Milton, Bruern, Lyneham, Leafield, Ramsden and Langley.

The west door, Shipton church c.1880

This photograph was taken by Henry Taunt of Oxford, probably on his first visit to the area in 1880.

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This is one of series of snapshots taken from the Society’s publications “The Wychwoods Albums”. These publications from the mid to late 1980s feature a variety of images of the Wychwoods, all of which deserve a place in our expanding online archive.

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