Minster Lovell is a village and civil parish on the River Windrush about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Witney in Oxfordshire.

The village is working on a series of projects to boost the record of the village history, involving as many residents as possible.

What’s happening?

We have created:

  • A book of war veterans (2016) and two books on village history
  • A 30 minute film on the history of the village, starring numerous residents in costume, narrated by Nathaniel Parker
  • A set of two DVDs containing photos, family trees, documents, stories, war dead, monumental inscriptions, maps and much more on the village.

We are continuing to work on:

  • Analysing Oxfordshire DNA and researching Oxfordshire surnames
  • A giant village family tree
  • A map of the whole village with names of families who lived in each house from medieval times to the present day
  • Helping to document the village – including adding missing names to the war memorial.

The books and DVDs are available to buy from this website to support further research.

Do you have Minster Lovell ancestors? Contribute to our project and join in the DNA testing.

Want to know what we are doing? Check out the blog.

Photos of our 'History Day' event in the summer of 2010 are on the events page.


New book published on those who served in the military in the 20th century. Now 3 books available to buy.

Oxfordshire DNA project started – please join. See DNA section.

Giant family tree has over 13,000 people on it.

Interesting fact:

John Lock (born about 1740) has 9 generations of descendants in the village.

Second edition of ‘Discovering Minster Lovell’ book published. See Blog