A brief guide to the Parish Church of St Blaise, Milton

History of Milton Parish Church

Of the Saxon building, nothing remains. The present church dates from the early part of the 14th century, though largely rebuilt in the mid-nineteenth century by the architect Henry Woodyer, who introduced plenty of his original mouldings. The church is a Grade II* listed building.

Milton is an abbreviation of the original name of the parish, Middletune, which means ‘the middle tun’, the middle village of a group of villages.

The earliest recorded reference states that in 956 King Edwy gave fifteen hide of land in Milton to his thane Alfwin, who gave them to Abingdon Abbey.

The church is dedicated to St Blaise, the patron saint of wool combers, Milton once being a centre of the wool industry. There are only three other churches in England dedicated solely to St Blaise.