is an attractive little village on the banks of the Seacourt
Stream. Much of the village
is owned by Oxford University and is beautifully kept
and no building is allowed that is not compatible with
the rest of the village.
name Wytham is thought to mean the dwelling at the bend
of the river and there has been a settlement at Wytham
site since early times.
parish church in Wytham is All
Saints Church which was rebuilt in the early 19th
the church is the former manor house, Wytham Abbey, which
is now divided into private apartments. There is actually
no evidence that there has never been an abbey or any
kind of religious house on this site, and formerly the
abbey was known as Wytham House.
the other side of the A34 towards Wolvercote, and across
the bridge over the Seacourt Stream, is the site of Godstow
Nunnery on the banks of the River Thames. The nunnery
is now a ruin but once there was a magnificent church,
courts, cloisters and a chapter house. Most of the buildings
were demolished by Henry VIII during the dissolution and
the remainder were burnt down by the Roundheads during
the Civil War as Royalists had been using them in the
defence of Godstone Bridge. Close to Godstow Nunnery is
Woods are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and are
renowned for their high population of badgers and the
long-term monitoring of great tits.
is about 3 miles north-west of Oxford, just to the west of the A34.