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Church Enstone

Church Enstone






Church Enstone and Neat Enstone face each other across the little River Glyme and are collectively called 'Enstone'. The name 'Enstone' is possibly derived from the Saxon word for 'giant stone', 'Enstan', after the Hoar Stone, believed to be part of a prehistoric burial mound which lies on the edge of the village. The church is (unusually) dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon boy-king and martyr, St Kenelm. Mont Abbott, brought up in a large family in poverty in Neat Enstone, and who worked all his life as a shepherd, is buried in the church yard. His biography, 'Lifting the Latch' is a vivid and moving account of those times. His shepherd's crook and the family's 'shitty scoop' (used for cleaning out the cess pit) are in Woodstock Museum, along with the watch he was given for never missing a day's school; 'The only thing I was ever given' the book says.
There are beatutiful walks alongside the River Glyme, including the Glyme Valley Walk (see Walking/Long distance Footpaths on this website).
The Post Office on the A44 has a cafe if you 'd like to stop for a coffee and sandwich. The pub in Church Enstone is a favourite destination for Sunday lunch.




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Map reference: SP 375245  Lat: 51.91777 Long: -1.45616

Stagecoach bus S3 from Oxford; Bakers bus service No. 7

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Charlbury station


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