Thatched Cottage, Minster Lovell
Thatched Cottage, Minster Lovell

One of the prettiest of the Oxfordshire villages. Minster Lovell lies on the sleepy River Windrush a few miles west of Witney. There are essentially two Minster Lovells; the upper section, along the B4047, with newer houses and a pub, and the charming lower section along the river valley. Here you will find thatched cottages and medieval almshouses ranged along quiet lanes. Everywhere is a sense of timeless calm.

There is a lovely three arched bridge across the river, and a large village cricket ground beside the water. A short walk from the cricket ground brings you to the 14th century church of St Kenelm, and behind it, the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall (English Heritage). There was a manor house here as early as the 12th century, but the extensive remains that can be seen today date primarily from the house built for William Lovel in the 1430s.

St Kenelm church, Minster Lovell
St Kenelm church, Minster Lovell

A dovecote and farm buildings built at the same time adjoin the ruins of the Hall. A lovely circular walk of approximately 3 miles in length is signposted from the Hall, following the Windrush valley towards Witney and then veering off to Crawley before returning to Minster Lovell.

Our family has visited Minster Lovell on numerous occasions and I've always found it one of the prettiest and most enjoyable villages in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Sitting amid the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall on a long summer's evening, with the River Windrush gently flowing past and a gentle breeze stirring the leaves in the trees along the river, it is hard to image a more peaceful, timeless piece of traditional England.

About Minster Lovell
Address: Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location map
OS: SP314 110
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


HERITAGE

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Historic Time Periods:

Medieval

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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Minster Lovell Hall and Dovecote - 0.6 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Minster Lovell, St Kenelm's Church - 0.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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Swinbrook, St Mary the Virgin - 2.3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Widford, St Oswald's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Witney, St Mary's Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Cogges Manor Farm Museum - 3 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

Shilton, Holy Rood Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating



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