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St Michael's Church, Begbroke
Managed by:St Michael's Church
OS grid reference:SP 468 139
Nearest postcode:OX5 1RT
Usual work:Dry stone walling

St Michael's Church in Begbroke is a Grade II listed building. Parts of the church still date from the 12th century, with numerous later additions and restorations made, including 14th century gargoyles and bell openings. The churchyard is home to a variety of wildlife habitats, including dry stone walls.

Conservation Management

Conservation work carried out within the ancient church yard at St Michael’s includes the restoration of the dry stone wall. Dry stone walls are a familiar part of the landscape in many parts of the British Isles, and before modern materials were available they were one of the most permanent ways to mark a boundary or contain livestock. This wall is on the edge of the countryside and will make a great home for wildlife, from insects to lizards and small mammals. In addition to providing a home to potential pollinators, the dry stone wall can also help create more shaded patches which can benefit a variety of native flora.


Leave Oxford on the A44 Woodstock Road. Pass through Yarnton and when you get to the Royal Sun on the left, turn left at the roundabout onto Spring Hill Lane. After 100 yards or so turn sharply right into St Michael's Lane. The church is at the end of the lane.