Commenced in 1175 and added to over the years, Burford's sturdy stone church has managed to survive reformers and Roundheads (supporters of parliament against the king in the English Civil War) with its fan-vaulted ceiling, Norman west doorway, 15th-century spire and several grand tombs intact. The finest of these is the macabre 1625 Tanfield tomb, with colourful effigies of a noble couple in all their finery on top and as skeletons below.
During the Civil War, 340 Levellers were imprisoned here – Roundhead soldiers who mutinied due to their leaders’ failure to uphold the notion of equality of all men before the law. One of them carved his name in the lead lining of the font. A plaque outside the church entrance commemorates the three ringleaders who were executed in the churchyard.
Just outside the southern side of the church, you’ll find the town’s 15th-century almshouses.