St. Nicholas Church, Chadlington
The beautiful church of St. Nicholas is situated in the heart of the idyllic village of Chadlington which has been denoted an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chadlington is on the Wychwood way and lies approximately 3 miles south-west of Chipping Norton. A long village divided into five ‘ends’ some of which are almost separate hamlets, Chadlington overlooks the broad Evenlode Valley towards remnants of the Wychwood Forest. Wild Grape Hyacinths grow on the old allotment site near West End and this flower has become intrinsically linked with Chadlington as it is relatively rare in other parts of the country. There are large arable fields above the village and several streams flow through the parish to join the River Evenlode below.
St Nicholas’ Church was built in 1100 and was originally Norman with subsequent alterations in the Early English Style. The Church is enriched with a fascinating array of Gargoyles.
Directions to St. Nicholas Church
From Oxford follow signs for the A44 to Woodstock. Drive straight through Woodstock on the A44 and continue on for another six miles or so. (Very soon after Woodstock there is a Shell garage with a left hand turn signed for Charlbury shortly afterwards. Don’t take this turning).
You will eventually come to the outskirts of the village of Enstone at which there is another garage (Texaco) immediately after which is another left hand turn signed again for Charlbury. You do want to turn left here. This road rises, dips and rises again and then at the top of the rise take the right hand turn (fork really) signed for the Recycling and Waste Centre and also Spelsbury.
Follow this road for a mile and a half or two miles (it has one kink in it). You come to a T-junction at the village of Spelsbury at which you turn left and then immediately right still following signs for the Recycling and Waste Centre and also Chadlington. Follow this road into Chadlington and St’ Nicholas’ Church is obvious on your left about 150 yards into the village. Parking is on the road.
From Chipping Norton:
From Chipping Norton head out on the A361 towards Burford and at the bottom of the hill after the Lidstone/Cornwell cross road is the turning for Chadlington. This road descends all the way into Chadlington and will bring you to the cross-road on which the Post Office is situated. Turn left here (signed for Spelsbury) and St’ Nicholas’ Church is obvious on your right less than half a mile from the cross roads. Parking is on the road.