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
Nave chandelier of 1710St Helen, Abingdon 
Huge windows which are particular to this phase of English Gothic architectureSt Mary the Virgin, Adderbury 
North aisle 14th century nichesSaint 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 
Piscina and triple sediliaSt Mary, Chalgrove 
Rood-screen vine trail carvingSt Mary the Virgin, Charlton-on-Otmoor
Wall painting of Christ in MajestySt Peter and St Paul, Checkendon 
Jacobean pulpitSt Katherine, Chislehampton
Detail of Crucifixion on wall paintingSt Laurence, Combe
Details of Alice of Suffolk's tombSt Mary The Virgin, Ewelme 
Ironwork of the c.1200 south doorAll Saints, Faringdon 
Late medieval brass of Sir John Wylcotes and Alice de CheyneSt Michael and All Angels, Great Tew 
Medieval bench ends in the choirSt Mary the Virgin, Kidlington 
St Mary The Virgin, Kirtlington
Detail chancel screen doom pantingSt Mary, North Leigh 
Detail of nave wall paintingsSt Mary The Virgin, North Stoke 
Detail of 'Virgin' porchSt Mary The Virgin, Oxford 
Wall painting of the Miracle of Clay BirdsAll Saints, Shorthampton 
Tomb recess in chancel south wallHoly Cross, Sparsholt 
Brass memorial to Sir William Vernon HarcourtSt Michael, Stanton Harcourt 
Scalloped nave capitalSt Mary, Swinbrook 
Detail of the effigies of Lord Williams and his wife ElizabethSt Mary Virgin, Thame
Norman chancel arch abaciSt Mary, Westwell 
Glass of Christ Ascending by Morris & SonsSt 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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St Bartholomew
Yarnton

£3,000 for chancel wall and other repairs

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St Thomas of Canterbury
Wroxton

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

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All Saints
Wytham

£500 for retiling of south elevation of nave roof

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St Mary
Wootton, Woodstock

£4,000 for replacement of lighting system

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St Mary Magdalene
Woodstock

£15,000 for major modernisation

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All Saints
Wroxton

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

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All Saints
Woolstone

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

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Methodist Church
Woodstock

£7,500 for larger kitchen and meeting room

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St Peter’s
Wolvercote

£3,000 for to update the interior lighting.

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

In March 2017 in conjunction with the DAC and the parish of Chalgrove we organised a day of shared learning about how (and how not) to manage a major church project with St Mary’s itself as both the venue and the superb exemplar. We had extremely good speakers and attracted enthusiastic participation from the wider Diocese and beyond.

For those unable to attend, you can view the presentations here

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