St Mary


  • Horsefair
  • Banbury
  • OX16 0AA

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Brief Description

The present church (Grade I* listed) is a late Georgian building erected in the last decade of the 18th century and consecrated in September 1797. Designed by SP Cockerill, it was modelled on Wren’s church at Walbrook.

  • Main Description

    The church predecessor was a splendid Medieval church that had fallen into disrepair and had become dangerous. Part of the old church collapsed one Sunday morning in April 1790, with the tower adding itself to the rubble the following day. Financial constraints delayed the completion of the new church, designed under the influence of the Tractarian movement, and the 'pepper pot' tower was not completed until 1822.

    The Chancel Paintings above the High Altar, in the dome of the apse, depict the Vision of the Throne of God from Revelation Chapter 4: the rainbow, the four and twenty elders, the four living creatures, and the seven lamps symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

Church Grants

vestry roof repairs

2016/2017 | £13000

repairs, conservation and access

2018/2019 | £20000