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Cropredy, a quiet and pretty village on the Oxford Canal, is a popular stopping point for boaters,

It sits in the scenic countryside of the Cherwell Valley, and offers rustic antiques and crafts shops on the site of the old smithy and wheelwright. The canalside Red Lion pub has a boating claim to fame as a favourite haunt of IWA co-founder and leisure cruising pioneer Tom Rolt.

Cropredy is famous for a Civil War battle of 1644, in which Charles I’s troops defeated the parliamentarians, prompting Oliver Cromwell to form the New Model Army. Many of the soldiers killed in the battle are buried in the churchyard of the village’s 600-year-old brownstone church.

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