There are more than 550 churches of all denominations in Oxfordshire, 300 of which of medieval origin, many dating back 1000 years. While their primary purpose is for worship, they are treasured for their architectural beauty and for their connections with national and local history.
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 
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 
Piscina and triple sediliaSt 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
Blind-traceried stone pulpitSt Laurence, Combe
Wall monument to Henry HowardSt Mary The Virgin, Ewelme 
Ironwork of the c.1200 south doorAll Saints, Faringdon 
Murals by Clayton & BellSt Mary the Virgin, Freeland 
Late medieval brass of Sir John Wylcotes and Alice de CheyneSt Michael and All Angels, Great Tew 
St Mary The Virgin, Kirtlington
Detail chancel screen doom pantingSt Mary, North Leigh 
Stiff-leaf capitals and purbeck shaftsSt Mary The Virgin, North Stoke 
Wall painting of the Miracle of Clay BirdsAll Saints, Shorthampton 
Tomb recess in chancel south wallHoly Cross, Sparsholt 
Memorial to Earl HarcourtSt Michael, Stanton Harcourt 
Detail of the Fettiplace monuments in the chancelSt Mary, Swinbrook 
Detail of the effigies of Lord Williams and his wife ElizabethSt Mary Virgin, Thame
Early English FontSt Mary, Westwell 
Glass of Christ Ascending by Morris & SonsSt Andrew, Wheatfield 

Church Treasures

Architectural Guide

Brief architectural guide to British Churches from Saxon to Victorian Gothic.

OHCT Grants

In 2013, the OHCT approved direct grants totalling £152,200 to 32 churches.

Ride & Stride

Take part in our annual fundraising event, the Ride and Stride, and really make a difference.

Oxfordshire’s Best Churches by Richard Wheeler

Book cover cutout_small‘The churches of Oxfordshire brought gloriously to life … a masterful survey.’ – Simon Jenkins

Oxfordshire’s Best Churches brings together 116 of the county’s churches, exploring their art and architecture, stonework and woodwork, stained glass and wall paintings; the conspicuous features for which they are famed as well as the often-missed details. At the core of the guide is a gazetteer, illustrated with 340 colour photographs and numerous plans – making this the ideal companion for those wanting to explore the churches of Oxfordshire.

Hardback, £25.00
ISBN: 978-1-907700-00-2
Members can buy the book for £20 + £2.50 P&P. Please send a cheque (payable to Fircone Books) with delivery details to: Fircone Books Ltd, 44 Wales Street, Kings Sutton, Banbury OX17 3RR. for further information.

OHCT Churches 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, links to individual church websites 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. If you would like to contribute information about your local church/churches, please fill in the form and we will contact you. Thank you.

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