SideTracked - Shipton Traditional Geocache
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Local information and the Cache
Once the near neighbour of Bruern Abbey, and once the centre of the Wychwood Forest, Shipton-under-Wychwood is built about a large village green in the Evenlode Valley. At the lower end of the green is St Mary's Church, begun at the end of the 12th century. It has a fine octagonal spire growing out of its spire, whilst within the church there is a 14th century effigy of a decapitated woman and a Tudor monument of a family group at prayer. The apparently uniquely named Shaven Crown Hotel, a handsome building close to the green, can trace its history back to 1384 and was run at one time by the monks of Bruern Abbey. Bruen was a Cistercian abbey founded in the reign of King Stephen and dissolved in 1539 - nothing now remains.
On the village green is a memorial of 1878 erected to 17 parishoners who died in a ship the Cospatrick which caught fire off Tristan da Cunha in 1874 on its way to New Zealand. Of the 477 passengers aiming to start a new life, only three survived.
This station is unmanned and has a small shelter on each platform. There is a bike rail to secure them to but a notice next to it saying that your bike may be searched at any time!