The idyllic Oxfordshire village where George Orwell is buried
Located along the River Thames, just two miles from Abingdon is the idyllic village of Sutton Courtenay. Home to many historical buildings and structures and famous faces over the years, the village has a very interesting history.
Sutton Courtenay is home to some important structures, such as The Abbey, the Manor House, All Saints’ Church, a twelfth-century Norman hall, the Sutton Bridge, and Didcot power station. It has even been home to several notable residents over the years, including Jacques Goddet, organiser of the Tour de France, Tim burton and Helena Bonham Carter.
As well as living celebs, the village is also the final resting place of Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell who is buried in the local churchyard.
Sutton Courtenay is about 3 miles north-east of Didcot and about halfway along the B4016 between the villages of Appleford-on-Thames and Drayton. The name of the village comes from ‘Sutton’, which meant ‘South Town’ (i.e. ‘South Farm’) in Saxon times and ‘Courtenay’ from the name of Reginald Courtenay who became Lord of Sutton in the 12th century.
As well as historical buildings, Sutton Courtenay is home to several popular and delicious pubs and restaurants. Popular on Trip Advisor are; The Fish, George and Dragon, and The Swan Foodhouse & Bar.
Buried in the churchyard is George Orwell, who was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. He is best known for his novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).
Whilst there may not be much to the village, it will definitely be on our list of places to visit in the near future.
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