5 minutes from Chipping Norton,

Oxfordshire, OX7 6NA




 We hope you will come and visit us soon. 

The Heritage Centre will re-open on Sunday 22nd March until 27th September

Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays 2.00 - 4.30 pm



William Smith, Father of English Geology, was born in Churchill in 1769 and we are delighted to be celebrating the bicentenary of his famous geological map of England and Wales by unveiling a plaque marking Smith's birthplace, thanks to the generous support of The Curry Fund. 

This will take place on Sunday 22 March at 12 noon.


The plaque is to be placed on the wall in front of Spring Cottage, Junction Road. 

Professor Hugh Torrens, the foremost expert on William Smith, will be our guest of honour.


We have been working with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to commemorate this

bicentenary and they are curating a special 2015 exhibition in the Heritage Centre, which will incorporate Smith's diaries and letters. 

Audio recordings give the background to the story of the famous map and explain how the

William Smith collection came to be archived in the museum in Oxford.


This is a significant partnership and we are delighted to be celebrating the heritage of the villages of Churchill and Sarsden with this important focus on William Smith in 2015.




Ralph Mann's lucid history of Churchill and Sarsden describes the parish's long and surprisingly rich past.    




Four walking trails in and around the villages of Churchill & Sarsden.  Richly illustrated with photographs, geological data, details of William Smith village connections and local history. 








Available at the Heritage Centre, these three leaflets have been compiled especially for children so that they can

make the most of their visit to the centre and to the village.

(1) History Trail in Churchill Village

(2) Children's Quiz in the Churchill Heritage Centre

(3) Children's Word Search in the Churchill Heritage Centre 

50p each





Where there's a will there's a way and thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, via the Heritage Centre, a team of trained volunteers is transcribing local 17th century probate records.  Very few of the surviving wills have been studied before and they contain a wealth of information about Churchill and Sarsden families and their homes.  They reveal a valuable source of local history, the results of which are being made available at the Heritage Centre at weekends during the open season, 22 March - 27 September 2015.


                                                   Volunteers learning how to decode Secretary Hand at the special course in Churchill village, with tutor Adrienne Rosen 


For any queries about the Churchill and Sarsden Heritage Centre, please email or telephone 01608 658603