Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The Norman church of St Britius boasts a carved Norman door and the effigy of a 13th-century knight.
The village dates to the Saxon period. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Nortone. The name changed several times over the ensuing centuries until it became established as Brize Norton around the 19th century.
The origins of 'Brize' are obscure. It may refer to the dedication of the parish church to St Britius, though that dedication was not the original one. It may alternately refer to a local magnate known as William le Brun. Until the coming of the RAF Brize Norton was an agricultural community.
The parish church of St Britius is a Norman building, enlarged in the 13th century. It boasts a beautifully carved late Norman doorway, while within the church is the memorial effigy of Sir John Daubyngne of Bampton, who died in 1346.
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About Brize Norton
Address: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On a minor road south of the A40, just east of Carterton
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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