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Location address: UK, Burford
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William Morris, the textile designer, writer and socialist, visited the church when the vicar of the church of Burford was changing the wonderful floor. He started arguing with the vicar that he was destroying beautiful heritage. But he lost the argument and you can still see the ugly floor in the church. William Morris went back home and founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (1877).
The parish church of Burford is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The church is known for its merchants’ guild chapel, memorial to Henry VIII’s barber-surgeon, Edmund Harman, featuring South American Indians, and Kempe glass.
In 1649, the church of Burford was used as a prison during the English Civil War. Some of the 340 prisoners left carvings and graffiti, which can still be found in the church.