St John the Baptist church
Avon Dassett is a village and parish in the Kington Hundred of Warwickshire, nestling among the Burton Dassett Hills about four miles east of Kineton and seven miles north of Banbury in Oxfordshire. According to the 2001 and the 2011 census' it had a population of 210.
Israel Tonge was at one stage appointed rector of Avon Dassett - although according to Tonge "illegall practices" prevented him taking up the position.
Avon Carrow is located in Avon Dassett, the former residence of John Profumo, the Member of Parliament in the 1960 involved in a sex and spy scandal in that era.
The parish church of St John the Baptist is redundant. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade-II* listed building, and is under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. The present building was built in 1868 on the site of an earlier church dating from the Norman era. The architect was Charles Buckeridge. The church was declared redundant on 11 May 1983, and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust. It is still used occasionally for concerts or community events. Between May 2007 and September 2008 work was carried out on the spire at a cost of about £700,000, with the result that the church bells were rung on 21 February 2009, the first time for some decades.
- Alan Marshall, ‘Tonge, Israel (1621–1680)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004
- National Heritage List 1024250: Church of St John the Baptist, Avon Dassett
- Church of St John the Baptist, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire, Churches Conservation Trust, http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Ourchurches/Completelistofchurches/Church-of-St-John-the-Baptist-Avon-Dassett-Warwickshire/, retrieved 29 March 2011
- Avon Dassett History - the Church, Avon Dassett Parish Council, archived from the original on 5 August 2012, https://archive.is/20120805142301/http://www.stratford.gov.uk/avondassett/avondassett-1684.cfm?source=summary, retrieved 15 November 2010
- St John the Baptist Church, Avon Dassett Parish Council, http://www.avondassett-pc.gov.uk/avondassett-1762.cfm, retrieved 15 November 2010
- Warwickshire Towns & Villages, by Geoff Allen (2000) ISBN 1-85058-642-X
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