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St James, the parish church

Newbottle church has been here since well before the year 1200, and probably built by the Lord of the Manor close to his manor house. The nearby hamlets of Charlton and Purston are known to have had chapels in the medieval period, both probably served from King's Sutton, which was always a large and richly endowed church.

St James' church had its own vicars until 1959, though throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries they were often absent and used assistant curates to serve the church. There is a tradition that one indigent curate of Newbottle, sometime around 1750, was the Reverend John Moore who in 1783 became Archbishop of Canterbury. While here he was befriended by Mr Watts of Brackley; later, when Mr Watts had fallen into want, and Moore had prospered, he paid Mr Watts and later his widow, a pension until the end of their lives.

From 1959-1964 St James was served from Croughton. From 1964-1988 the benefice was united with Aynho, and since 1988 it has been united with King's Sutton.

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