When Henry I was hammering the Scots at Bannockburn in 1314, the Reverend Robert de Walcote was the incumbent and the church had already been enlarged to its present size by the building of the south aisle and the moving of the south door and Tympanum. When Henry V successfully deployed the English archers at the famous battle of Agincourt, in 1415, John Pycot was vicar and the tower had been added to the church.
Bishops Ridley and Latimer were burnt at the Oxford stake in 1555 and the Reverend William Reynolds was proclaiming the faith in Dinton. No doubt, later, Oliver Cromwell worshipped here when visiting his friend Simon Mayne, the Lord of the Manor. This same Lord later signed the death warrant of King Charles I. Rumour has it that his clerk, John Biggs, may have been the actual executioner of the monarch. True or false, we do know that, after the return of the monarchy, this unhappy man finished his days hiding in caves and secret places, known far and wide as ‘The Dinton Hermit’.
We welcome all to services here and at St. John the Baptist, Stone. Sunday services usually alternate between Stone and Dinton churches. Please check for details of both venues.