The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust encourages wider interest in our historic religious buildings and provides financial help for their repair and practical enhancement.
Detail of clerestory looking eastSS Philip and James, Oxford
Early English tower doorwaySt Helen, Abingdon 
A wonderful example of Perpendicular surface decoration with brittle stone craving including reredos, gated corbels, sedila, piscine and canopied and pinnacled nichesSt Mary the Virgin, Adderbury 
13th century Purbeck marble fontSaint Peter and Saint Paul, Aston Rowant 
Wall monument in Horde chapelSt Mary, Bampton 
Roundel featuring Jael and SiseraSt Michael, Begbroke
Trancept mosaics by Henry HalidaySt Mary the Virgin, Buckland 
Detail of west windowSt Peter, Cassington 
Transitional arcade capitalSt Mary, Chalgrove 
Nave roof looking eastSt Mary the Virgin, Charlton-on-Otmoor
Angel corbel on north wall of naveSt Peter and St Paul, Checkendon 
Jacobean pulpitSt Katherine, Chislehampton
Detail of Crucifixion on wall paintingSt Laurence, Combe
Memorial Anne RichardsSt Swithun, Compton Beauchamp 
Details of Alice of Suffolk's tombSt Mary The Virgin, Ewelme 
Ironwork of the c.1200 south doorAll Saints, Faringdon 
Marble figure of Mary Anne Boulton by ChantreySt Michael and All Angels, Great Tew 
Dale's Rood, rood-loft and celureSt Etheldreda, Horley 
St Mary The Virgin, Kirtlington
Fan-vaulted Wilcote chapelSt Mary, North Leigh 
Stiff-leaf capitals and purbeck shaftsSt Mary The Virgin, North Stoke 
Detail of 'Virgin' porchSt Mary The Virgin, Oxford 
East window with fields beyondAll Saints, Shorthampton 
Tomb recess in chancel south wallHoly Cross, Sparsholt 
Memorial to Earl HarcourtSt Michael, Stanton Harcourt 
Scalloped nave capitalSt Mary, Swinbrook 
The effigies of Lord Williams and his wife ElizabethSt Mary Virgin, Thame
Norman chancel arch abaciSt Mary, Westwell 
Cartouche to Sir Thomas TippingSt Andrew, Wheatfield 

Church Treasures

About the OHCT

The OHCT is a a registered charity, entirely non-denominational and self-supporting. Since inception, we have granted approximately £3.5 million to churches in Oxfordshire.

Roof Alarm Appeal

We are launching an urgent fundraising campaign to fit alarms to protect the roofs of some of Oxfordshire’s most iconic churches

Apply for Roof Alarm Grant

If your church is in need of a roof alarm, you can apply to OHCT for a grant.
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Methodist Chapel
Great Milton

£2,500 for porch extension, wc, kitchen

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Methodist Church
Chinnor

£12,000 for major modernisation

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Friends Meeting House
Adderbury

£3,000 for external repairs

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All Saints
Wytham

£500 for retiling of south elevation of nave roof

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St Thomas of Canterbury
Wroxton

£1,000 for porch roof, timbers, bell tower

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All Saints
Wroxton

£2,000 for installation of wall and under-pew heaters

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St Mary Magdalene
Woodstock

£15,000 for major modernisation

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Methodist Church
Woodstock

£7,500 for larger kitchen and meeting room

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All Saints
Woolstone

£1,000 for roof and bellcote, redecoration, heating

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St Mary
Wootton, Woodstock

£4,000 for replacement of lighting system

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St Peter’s
Wolvercote

£3,000 for to update the interior lighting.

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St Mary Virgin
Witney

£10,000 for repairs to stonework of nave roof

OHCT Church Directory

The OHCT is working to create a searchable database of all the churches in Oxfordshire, of which there are over 550. The church database information includes, description, photographs, location and map and highlights of architectural treasurers within the church. Though a very valuable database, the scale of this project is a challenge and the current database is therefore very much a work in progress.

Acknowledgements

The OHCT would like to thank photographer John Ward for allowing us to feature his incredible photographs on our website. We would also like to acknowledge many local historians for enabling us to compile the church directory, in particular Jennifer Sherwood, Richard Wheeler, and Richard Lethbridge. Yale University Press have also allowed us to quote from their published works.

Realising Your Church Project - Saturday 18th March

 

If your church is considering works which are more than just routine repairs, you will find this a useful as well as enjoyable day of shared learning amidst the recently restored splendour of St Mary’s, Chalgrove

 

Speakers will include:

 

Sir Tony Baldry, Chairman of the Church Buildings Council

 

Camilla Finlay, Director, Acanthus Clews Architects

Liz Kitch, Senior Church Buildings Officer, Diocese of Oxford

Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environment, Heritage Lottery Fund

Eleanor Gill, Legacy and Funding Officer, Church House, Westminster

 

There will be opportunities for informal discussion with each of the main speakers, for networking and to learn from St Mary’s experience.

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