Photographer's Note

It is theorized by scholars that there are more than 2000 deserted villages in Britain, a number of which are in Oxfordshire. Pictured here is St. Oswald's Church, which dates from the early 12th century and was once part of a thriving village called Widford. The church stands virtually alone in a hilly field near the River Windrush, surrounded by a few hummocks denoting ancient buildings. The village, like so many that have disappeared, was wiped out by the Black Death.

Widford comes from an old English word meaning "the ford by the willows." The church itself was built over the remains of a Roman villa and retains some Roman paving in the chancel. St. Oswald's was used fairly recently as a film set for the marriage of Lorna Doone in the television series.

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