Brightwell Baldwin is an attractive little village of stone cottages and is dominated by the Church of St. Bartholomew's which sits high above the road opposite the Lord Nelson public house. The village name is a derivation of a bright spring and the name of a C14 lord of the manor, Sir Baldwin de Bereford. For the history and full information about St. Bartholomew's Church click here.

Along the north side of Brightwell Baldwin is Brightwell Park. The original house is now ruined and the house that remains is the former servants' quarters.

Scenes from several episodes of the popular TV series Midsomer Murders have been filmed in Brightwell Baldwin.

Britwell Salome is at the foot of the steep slope of the Chilterns and it appears to be little more than a few houses, a pub and a farm and it actually is a very small village. Off the main road however, on either side, are more houses, the main, and older, part of the village being to the south with a few newish houses to the north.

To the north-east of the village, next to the site of Britwell Priory and down a short lane, is the parish church of St Nicholas which dates from the 13th century. For the history and full information about St. Nicholas' Church click here. On the site of Britwell Priory there is now an C18 farmhouse. Adjacent to the church is the Old Rectory which dates from the 17th century.

To the south west of the village is the early Georgian Britwell Salome House with its extensive grounds which include a limestone column which was built in 1764 as a monument.

From the village a straight lane leads up the steep scarp slope of the Chilterns to Britwell Hill and allows a superb view out over the Oxfordshire countryside.

Like in Brightwell Baldwin, a scene from Midsomer Murders has been filmed in the village.

Brightwell Baldwin is about three quarters of a mile west of Cuxham on the road from Cuxham to Benson or Ewelme.

Britwell Salome is about a mile south-west of Watlington along the B4009.


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