An impressive church in a remote village, with a central Saxon tower of about 1040 supported by massive piers, a Norman nave and a 13th century chancel. Two notable limestone sculptures, one of Christ with arms outstretched and one of the Crucifixion, are either late Saxon or early Norman.
The Church is an amazing example of the Saxon traditions with the oldest parts being the bell tower and the nave, showing the highest quality of work undertaken by Saxon masons leaving the most important Saxon remains in Oxfordshire. Later additions in the 12th, 13th and 15th Centuries make it the magnificent Church that you see today. Taken as a whole the architecture & historic interest of St Matthews Church make it one of the most fascinating pre-Norman churches in the entire country, and an exceptional Grade I listed building.