It is almost certain that the first church in this parish was built circa AD904 when Werfith, the Bishop of Worcester, gave land to a thegn named Wulfsig. Such gifts were usually connected with the building of a church.
Situated just under two miles north of Northleach, is the beautiful village of Farmington, home to just over 100 residents. Farmington is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as Tormentone.
The village of Hampnett can be found just over a mile from the town of Northleach. They are in fact so close, that visitors to Hampnett can easily see Northleach’s fine church in the distance.
Compton Abdale is a picturesque village situated in a valley below the Cheltenham-Northleach road.
The Church of St Oswald dates from the early 1400s and can be reached via a steep footpath.
Like many of the churches in the benefice, St Bartholomew is of Norman origin, and similary restorations took place in the mid to late 1800s here. However much of the Norman details remain.