Heritage Highlights: 17th century Dixon memorials
An isolated little country church boasting a pair of superb 17th century wall tombs.
A minor road connecting Moreton in Marsh to Great Rollright runs along an outlying ridge of the Cotswold escarpment. About a mile from Great Rollright a quiet lane leads off to the south-east. The lane leads down the ridge before the view opens out to reveal a tiny valley, with a cluster of farm buildings tucked in the valley bottom. In the midst of the farm a small church sits on a rise. This is what remains of the village of Little Rollright.
A permissive road leads through the farm to the little church dedicated to St Philip. The exterior is simple, and plain; a square west tower of no great size, with a north aisle and small south porch. On the west wall of the tower a memorial is set into the stone.
The man is undoubtedly her husband, Edward Dixon, (d. 1655). There is no indication as to the identity of the second woman; perhaps a second wife of Edward, Dixon. The couple did have a daughter, but they also had a son, so if one is depicted on the tomb you would expect the second to be shown as well. The three figures are set within an arched niche supported on columns of black marble, topped with classical leaf motifs.
All in all, St Philip is a lovely little country church, well worth a visit. The Rollright Stones stone circle is over the hill, and a signposted footpath leads to the circle from the centre of the village.
Address: Little Rollright,
England, OX7 5QA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Little Rollright, on a permissive road
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