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George Orwell Sutton Courtenay church gains tourism endorsement

All Saints' Church, Sutton Courtenay
Image caption Parts of All Saints' Church date from the 12th Century

The village church in Oxfordshire in which author George Orwell is buried has become the first in the county to attain a tourism accreditation.

All Saints' Church in Sutton Courtenay has been designated a Quality Assured Place of Interest by VisitEngland.

Orwell is buried there under his real name, Eric Blair.

Parts of the church date from the 12th Century. Rev Helen Kendrick said the status recognised its "special qualities".

Introduced in 2010, the list of Quality Assured Places of Interest includes the Angel of the North and Blenheim Palace.

Ms Kendrick said: "Raising awareness of the church and its Christian ministry is all important to us."

Former Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Herbert Henry Asquith who led the country between 1908 and 1916 is also buried there.

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