History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A lovely little village just south west of Burford, the name of Westwell is said to come from the fact that the village boasts the most westerly well in the county. Westwell is approached by way of a long, narrow road off the A40, but by the time you've reached the village there is no sound to be heard from the busy A road.
A small pond with a war memorial lies at the centre of the village, and from the pond a path leads uphill to the parish church. The war memorial is striking, consisting of a monolithic slab of upright stone on a raised plinth. English Heritage, in their official record listing the war memorial Grade II for historic interest, calls the memorial an 'unusual stone monument of cyclopean proportions'.
Into the upright stone is set a numeral from the clock face of the Cloth Hall in Ypres, France, a reminder that the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry saw action at Ypres and nearby Passchendale in WWI.
Address: Westwell, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: SP225 100
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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