Great Coxwell, St Giles Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Rare engraved heraldic panels in east window
Further along the north wall, near the carved Jacobean pulpit, are the most interesting pair of historical features; memorial brasses set against the wall. One large brass is to William Morys, whose father Thomas was the first secular owner of Great Coxwell manor after the estate was seized from Beaulieu Abbey at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Beside Morys's brass stands that of his wife with their children - at a much smaller size - set beside her. The details of the 16th century costume are still quite clear and beautifully outlined in both brasses, though they have obviously been quite worn for centuries spent set in the floor before the chancel arch.
The east window is set with seven heraldic panels of engraved glass. Note that I did not say 'stained glass', for these panels are not stained but cut into the glass surface. There is only one other known example of this engraved glass heraldic panel, at Pusey, on the other sude of Faringdon. So if not technically unique, the Great Coxwell east window is certainly rare. The panels show Lords of thew Manor of Great Coxwell, and were inserted on the order of the Earl of Radnor in 1795. The artist was Francis Edginton (1737-1805). Edginton made a career of designing and painting church windows.
About Great Coxwell
Address: The Hollow Road, Great Coxwell, Oxfordshire, England, SN7 7NG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Parking along the roads near the church. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Great Coxwell Barn - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
Longcot, St Mary's Church - 1.7 miles (Historic Church)
Farmer Gows - 1.8 miles (Family Attraction)
Faringdon, All Saints Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Faringdon Folly - 2.3 miles (Historic Building)
Buscot Park - 3 miles (Historic House)
Shellingford, St Faith's Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Shrivenham, St Andrew's Church - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
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