Adderbury, Oxfordshire, Cotswold Village

09/11/2011
A trip to the Cotswolds.
I was asked by a friend to take some pictures of her hometown (and the hometown of John Craven too), Adderbury, Oxfordshire, for her to give to her husband for Christmas. Keen to explore a new area of the Cotswolds I agreed.

Adderbury is a large village and civil parish in northern Oxfordshire, England. It is about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Banbury.

The village is divided in two by the Sor Brook and consists of two neighbourhoods: West Adderbury and East Adderbury. Each half of Adderbury has its own village green and its own manor house.

Interesting areas to photograph were the Adderbury Lakes which were full of autumnal
colours and St Mary's Church.

St Mary's Church:

The Medieval Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin is in West Adderbury. St. Mary's is one of the largest parish churches in Oxfordshire and architecturally one of the most important. St. Mary's building retains evidence of its 13th century origins but was enlarged in the 14th century and again in the Perpendicular style in the early 15th century.

In the 18th century St. Mary's fell into disrepair. In the 19th century restoration was carried out in phases: sensitively by the architect J.C. Buckler between 1831 and 1834 and by the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1866 and 1870, and less sensitively by Sir George's son John Oldrid Scott in 1886. The bell tower has a ring of eight bells.

Strangely the church only lights up its spire when the sun goes down. However, this made for some interesting pictures as the light of the spire was complimented by the light of the moon as you can see from the attached.

Adderbury Lakes:

Adderbury Lakes is a nature reserve with the main aim being to provide a breeding habitat that is secure as nature and visitors allow. The area is a wonderful local amenity and it has been calculated that there are something like 3,000 visitors each year, many of whom come regularly to fish or just to enjoy its peace and quiet.

Others:

I tried a few slow shots of the traffic rushing through the High Street, past the Coach and Horses, Bell and Red Lion but couldn't get anything I liked.

I also tried a sunset shot or two but couldn't find a good viewpoint. Let me know if you know of one...!