Filkins and Broughton Poggs

The twin Cotswold villages of Filkins and Broughton Poggs are separated by the Broadwell Brook. Filkins is the larger of the two villages and is an attractive little village with cottages of stone with stone or slate roofs. Until the mid 19th century Filkins was part of the parish of Broadwell which meant it was without its own parish church. Now it has St. Peter's Church, which dates from the 19th century, and there is also a Methodist chapel.

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Filkins is the home of the Swinford Museum, one of the oldest small museums in Oxfordshire, housed in a 17th century cottage. It features local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools. Filkins is also the home of a firm of Cotswold woollen weavers which are open to the public.

Sir Stafford Cripps was a benefactor to the village and a community centre, swimming pool and some Council houses were largely paid for by him.

Broughton Poggs is an unusual village, very small and apparently having no vehicular access for the public. However footpaths allow access through to the village's own Norman parish Church. The village's unusual name stems from 'a farmstead by a brook associated with the Pugeys family'.

Broughton Hall, the former manor house, is the earliest dwelling in Broughton Poggs. It was originally built in the 16th century but was later remodelled between the 17th and 20th centuries. It has distinctive ponds and water features which are thought to encompass the remains of medieval fish ponds.

Filkins and Broughton Poggs are just off the A361 between Burford and Letchlade on Thames, about 4 miles south-west of Carterton.

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