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About Chiselhampton

The village of Chiselhampton grew up around an important crossing point on the River Thame (not the Thames, but a tributary). 

The village's manor dates from before the Domesday Book and around 1530 it was owned by the Doyley family. The Doyley's were important in Oxfordshire high society, with two members of the family becoming High Sheriffs of the county. However, the Doyleys fell into debt and in 1748 were forced to sell Chiselhampton to Charles Peers. The Peers family came from London where Charles Peers's father had risen to become Lord Mayor of London. 

Built in 1763 by Charles Peers, St Katherine's Church is a beautiful Georgian church in an elegant classical style. The interior is an 18th century delight, with a west gallery, raised on Italianate columns, overlooking box pews.

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