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 
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 
Transitional arcade capitalSt 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
Blind-traceried stone pulpitSt Laurence, Combe
Memorial Anne RichardsSt Swithun, Compton Beauchamp 
Wall monument to Henry HowardSt Mary The Virgin, Ewelme 
Ironwork of the c.1200 south doorAll Saints, Faringdon 
Glass by Clayton & BellSt Mary the Virgin, Freeland 
Marble figure of Mary Anne Boulton by ChantreySt Michael and All Angels, Great Tew 
Dale's Rood, rood-loft and celureSt Etheldreda, Horley 
Medieval bench ends in the choirSt Mary the Virgin, Kidlington 
St Mary The Virgin, Kirtlington
Fan-vaulted Wilcote chapelSt Mary, North Leigh 
Detail of nave wall paintingsSt Mary The Virgin, North Stoke 
Choir and sanctuary looking eastSt Mary The Virgin, Oxford 
Wall painting of the Miracle of Clay BirdsAll Saints, Shorthampton 
Tomb recess in chancel south wallHoly Cross, Sparsholt 
Medieval glass in chancelSt Michael, Stanton Harcourt 
The Fettiplace monuments in the chancelSt Mary, Swinbrook 
Detail of 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

Events Calendar

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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.

Methodist Chapel
Great Milton

£2,500 for porch extension, wc, kitchen

Methodist Church
Chinnor

£12,000 for major modernisation

Friends Meeting House
Adderbury

£3,000 for external repairs

St Bartholomew
Yarnton

£3,000 for chancel wall and other repairs

St Thomas of Canterbury
Wroxton

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

All Saints
Wytham

£500 for retiling of south elevation of nave roof

St Mary
Wootton, Woodstock

£4,000 for replacement of lighting system

St Mary Magdalene
Woodstock

£15,000 for major modernisation

All Saints
Wroxton

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

All Saints
Woolstone

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

Methodist Church
Woodstock

£7,500 for larger kitchen and meeting room

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED ON THE WAITING LIST PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE EVENT HERE

 

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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