Wigginton, Oxfordshire, St Giles Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 2 medieval effigies in the chancel
The man may be a member of the Fitzwyth family, who held the lordship of the manor at one time. The figure wears a sword, but is clad in civilian clothes, a surcoat and cape, with a purse and belt at his waist. The small female figures are usually taken to represent the unknown man's wives. It seems very odd that these figures weee found standing upright outside, which suggests that they were perhaps not meant as a funeral monument at all.
In the north tomb recess is a worn effigy of a knight, which was once on the south side. It is impossible to tell who the figure represents, but it seems certain to be of 14th century date. He is certainly a knight, unlike the other effigy, and has his legs crossed in typical knightly posture. He bears a shield in his left hand and a short sword in his right.
In the south aisle is a grave slab to John Blunt, lord of the manor in 1700. The church guide rather unkindly says of the font that it is 'remarkable only for its ugliness'. It was erected in 1811 at a cost of £2 9s to replace the original medieval font. In the north aisle is a wooden parish chest, probably 16th century.
One curious feature is a very early clock in the tower. No one seems to know how old the clock is; eve the oficial church guide seems unclear, but it must date to at least the early 17th century, for the church records ention a payment for its repair in 1717.
Address: Wigginton Road, Wigginton, Oxfordshire, England, OX15 4JU
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Wigginton is 5 miles north east of Chipping Norton, off the A361. Parking along the verge. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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