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About Dorchester on Thames

A small Oxfordshire village of just over 1000 inhabitants, Dorchester on Thames is located eight miles south-east of Oxford and close to the spot where the River Thame meets the River Thames. One of the oldest communities in the area, the village, local walks and Dorchester Abbey are popular with visitors.

Not to be confused with its Dorset namesake, Dorchester on Thames is perhaps best known for the magnificent Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul.
As Christianity became widely established, St Birinus created a Saxon Cathedral here and in 635AD he baptised the Saxon King Cyneglis in the river Thame. An Augustinian monastery replacement commenced in 1140 which, 400 years later, was saved from Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries after it was purchased for £140 and bequeathed to the village. The medieval abbey church remains open for worship and as a concert venue hosting regular events including the English Music Festival.

The award-winning Cloister Gallery display, described as the best of its kind in the country, interprets the abbey's story through a collection of carved and moulded medieval stonework while the Abbey Museum concentrates on the history of Dorchester itself.

With travelling becoming more wide-spread, Dorchester was a popular stop-over and two original coaching inns remain in the village. There is a small post office and a tearoom. The surrounding area covers the Sinodun Hills and areas of great walking and cycling interest.
Photogenic Dorchester on Thames is regularly used as a location for the Midsomer Murders television series.

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What’s on in Dorchester on Thames:
As the largest public building in South Oxfordshire, Dorchester Abbey is a much-sought after venue for concerts and other major events and is a great place to go to enjoy a variety of musical recitals and exhibitions. Browse the events being held in Dorchester on Thames on the Southern Oxfordshire Whats on Events Calendar or on the Dorchester on Thames community website.

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