Bill Bryson has included Iffley Church in his top fourteen.
“This is a splendid Norman church in a village within the city of Oxford,” says the author.
“And it is worth visiting for its rich interior and the story of its anchoress (or pious hermit) named Annora, but its particular glory is that it serves as a perfect destination for a walk along the Thames from the centre of the city. ”
The Norman church dates from around the year of Thomas Becket’s murder.
Funeral processions used to arrive by water.
The list has been compiled for the National Churches Trust where Bill Bryson is vice-president.