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Burford parish church, its elegant 15th-century spire visible for miles around, is the town’s earliest and largest communal building. In both size

A vicarage house stood on part of this site from the Middle Ages, and a surviving medieval range at the rear may be part of it.

The diaries of Caroline Powys (1738-1817) are one of the most vibrant and entertaining sources for the social life of the gentry and aristocracy in

Image: Norman Avenue, developed by the Henley builder Charles Clements from c.1885.

BELL STREET is one of Henley's four main central streets, running southwards from Northfield End on the town's outskirts to the central crossroads

Henley's central streets originated probably in the late 12th century, when the planned town of Henley was laid out alongside the river within a pr

NORTHFIELD END is the name for the stretch of road which links the Fairmile (from Bix and Assendon) with the northern end of Bell Street, on the to

The analysis of medieval towns relies on the fact that the property boundaries which define urban house-plots (burgages) are very unlikely to chang

In 1571 the Burford merchant Simon Wisdom granted a small cottage here to trustees for Burford Grammar school, rebuilding it as 3 cottages in 1576.

Although there is a 17th-century rear range, this stylish house was probably built in the 1790s (owner unknown).