Marsh Baldon & Toot Baldon
Baldons are a group of small settlements, the largest of the settlements being the villages of Marsh
Baldon and Toot Baldon.
Marsh Baldon from the direction of Nuneham Courtenay on
the A4074 you pass the 17th century Baldon House and the
mainly 14/15th century St. Peter's Church, and then you
pass through a gate (which I have never found to be closed).
Most of Marsh Baldon is then spread before you around
the large village green, complete with a cricket table,
with a number of interesting old houses all around. The
village pub is on one side.
Peter's Church was originally built by the monks from
Dorchester. The tower has an unusual design with a square
base that changes to an octagon at belfry level. It is
thought it was designed in this way to support a steeple
which was never built.
footpath links the village with the tiny hamlet of Baldon
quarters of a mile or so further on is the small village
of Toot Baldon which, like several of the nearby villages,
is situated on a small ridge of a hill, part of the Midvale
Ridge. The name Toot originally meant a look-out hill
and it belonged to a man called Bealda.
early 13th century St. Lawrence's Church at Toot Baldon can be reached
directly from the village along an avenue of horse chestnut
trees or on foot via a short path from Baldon Row. From
the churchyard the fine view out over the Oxfordshire
countryside emphasises the village's hill-top position.
manor house at Toot Baldon is Jacobean.
Baldons are situated between
the A4074 and the B480 about 4 miles south-east of Oxford.