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Summertown : St Michael and A.Angels


Summertown : United Reform Church

Summertown, Oxford
The present building dates from 1893, the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone was on 13 June.

Sunningwell : St Leonard

Grade II listed.
C13 origins. Building materials consist of uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. The roof is of lead, with the exception of old tiles on the chancel roof.
Features include a C15 tower, south transept, and a C14 west porch. The chancel and nave are C13.
Windows range from C13 to C15 and are of two and three lights with decorated tracery.
Other features include a crenelated parapet with gargoyles. The west porch is also interesting and includes a Tudor-arched doorway with classical engravings.

Medieval style floor tiles. The nave includes a Jacobean pulpit with C17 pews. The roof interior is C16 and features arch braces from vertical side struts.

Sutton : Methodist Chapel

The Wesleyan Chapel and School Room was built in the late 1890s.

Sutton Courtenay : All Saints

Sutton Courtenay
A church with work of many different periods, from the Norman tower to a 20th-century trompe-l’oeil portrait. There is a charming two-storied Tudor south porch, made of red brick. The Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and the writer George Orwell are buried here.

Swalcliffe : St Peter and St Paul

An interesting church built of Hornton Limestone in the ironstone country near Banbury.Parts date back to Saxon times (eg 2 small windows and the nave). The church was added to by the Normans, and in the 14th Century it was endowed by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester. The Tower dates from late 13th Century.

Swerford : St Mary

Church. Late C13. and C15, restored and enlarged 1846 by H.J. Underwood. 3-bay nave and north aisle, chancel, west steeple, south porch and north-east vestry. Marlstone ashlar and some rubble; lead and Welsh-slate roofs. Slated chancel has a traceried east window of 1859 in a Perpendicular opening and has, to south, 2 blocked C15 windows, and a 2-light square-headed window with ogee tracery and a low transom, below which are 4 small ogee-treaded lights; rubble walls and low buttresses may be C13. Parapetted ashlar nave has a Decorated south doorway, with continuous moulding and ballflower ornament plus an old plank door, sheltered by a late C14 porch with parapet, large gargoyles and a sundial; south wall has 3 large square-headed 3-light windows of c.1400 with quatrefoils in the tracery, and above them single-light clerestory windows with ogee tracery.

Swinbrook : St Mary

The church is Decorated and Perpendicular, with a late Georgian tower, built in six weeks in 1822.

Swyncombe : St Botolph

Beautifully placed in the Chilterns is this largely untouched small Norman church, built of flint and stone. In the semi-circular apse are traces of early wall-painting.

Sydenham : St Mary

The church is mentioned in a charter of 1185-6, but its early history is as obscure as that of the village itself. It was a chapel of the prebendal church at Thame in the 13th century, perhaps before, and like it, also had the status of a peculiar. Although it separated from Thame in 1547, it came under its peculiar jurisdiction until the 19th century.

Tackley : Methodist Church


Tackley : St Nicholas

Grade II* listed.
C11 origins. Building materials consist of limestone rubble, coursed rubble and coursed stone.
Features include a C13 tower, north transept, porch, two-bay chancel and three-bay nave with south aisle. Roofs are shallow pitched and of lead with ashlar and gabled parapets. The church is in a cruciform plan.
Windows date from C13 to C15 and feature three original lancets with stone mouldings. The remainder feature a variety of ‘y’ tracery and panel tracery. There is a C15 three-light Perpendicular window in the north wall and a four-light Perpendicular window in the south wall.
The porch is of interest and features an Early English style doorway with various stone mouldings.

Plastered walls with a C15 piscina on an octagonal shaft at the south-east window. The north wall includes three Tudor arches that vary in width.
Most of the interior roofing is C19 with chamfered tie beams and braces.
The font is C13

Tadmarton : St Nicholas

The church was originally built in the 12th century but has been much altered since in successive remodellings during the 13th and 14th centuries: the latter phase being especially prominent externally due to the darker ironstone used for the top stage of the bell tower and the nave clerestorey.

Taynton : St John Evangelist

The church dates from about 1450AD, but many of the architectural features are reminiscient of the earlier Decorated style. The church contains a wonderful collection of sculptured heads which are the work of 15th Century stone masons.

Tetsworth : St Giles

C19 origins, constructed c1855.
Building material consists of coursed squared stone with a plain tile roof to the nave.
Features include a nave, chancel, vestry and stone tower. There is also an Early English style two-centred arched doorway to the base of the tower.
Windows are in lancet style.

Thame : Christchurch (Methodist and URC)

An impressive Gothic style building in stone dating from 1876, with graduated lancet windows. Modern new porch has been added.

Thame : St Joseph


Thame : St Mary Virgin

St Mary’s Church was begun in the 13th century at the instigation of the Bishop of Lincoln, Robert Grossteste. Vestiges of the original building can still be seen, such as the pillars and arches in the nave and the aisle windows which date from the early 14th century. The building was substantially restored in the years between 1889 and 1897 by the architect J.O. Scott.

According to the churchwarden’s accounts, the north transept was built in 1442 and since the windows in the south transept are of similar style, it was probably built at the same time. The south transept was known as St Christopher’s Chapel and houses two table tombs belonging to the Quartermain family. One of these, the tomb of Richard Quartermain, his wife Sybil and their godson Richard Fowler, dates from 1477 and is notable for the armour depicted on its brasses.

The stalls with linenfold panelling in the chancel were bought from Thame Abbey in 1540. There are several interesting tombs within the chancel.

The most prominent tomb is that of Lord Williams and his wife Elizabeth (see photo below, and his Wikipedia entry) Lord Williams served under both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 1, becoming a man of great influence and wealth. He founded the grammar school [now a comprehensive school], which still bears his name.

Toot Baldon : St Lawrence

Toot Baldon
Grade II* listed.
Origins late C12/early C13 but restored during C19. Building materials consist of limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. Roofs are of plain tile.
Architectural features include an aisled nave, chancel, north transept and south porch.
Windows date from early C13 and include original lancets in the chancel, although these may be reset as the chancel is almost completely rebuilt.
The north wall of the nave features a Romanesque doorway and a two-light C15 window. The vestry is C19 and extends the north aisle.

The chancel contains a painted arcade and C19 oak fittings with a C13 style screen. The north arcade contains C13 stiff leaf capitals.

Towersey : St Catherine

Grade II* listed.
C13 origins. Building material consists of coursed squared stone with a plain tiled roof.
Architectural features include a C13 two-bay chancel, four-bay nave, transept recess to the north and a south facing tower.
There is a two centre moulded stone archway to the base of the tower, with an arched doorway.
Windows date from C13 to C15 and contain various examples of ‘Y’ and ‘plate’ tracery.

C14 two bay arc-braced collar truss roof with windbraces to chancel.
The nave features a C19 braced collar truss roof.
There is a mid C17 hexagonal wood pulpit and a C14 round stone font.

Tubney : St Lawrence

This is the only Protestant church designed by Augustus Pugin (1812-52). The new church, built for Magdalen College Oxford, was designed by A. W. Pugin and dedicated to St Lawrence, was consecrated in 1847. The interior fittings were designed by him and remain unchanged, including a font given by Queen Adelaide (d.1849)
Uffington, St Mary

Uffington : St Mary

An imposing, little-altered cruciform church of the 13th century, just below the famous White Horse carved out of the chalk hillside. It has a central octagonal tower, which lost its spire in a storm in 1740.

Upper Heyford : St Mary

Upper Heyford
There was a church in Upper Heyford in the 11th century; a priest is recorded in 1180. The present church, St Mary’s, was largely rebuilt in the 1860s, only the medieval tower is retained. The church has a close working relationship with Heyford Park Chapel

Upton : St Mary the Virgin

The current church building dates from the eleventh or twelfth centuries, and though a major restoration took place in 1885, the church has not changed much in almost a millennium.

Upton : Upton Methodist Church


Wallingford : Baptist Church

The church was founded in 1794 by Robert Lovegrove, the owner of Calleva House, who had a plain rectangular chapel built at the bottom of his garden, along with an attached schoolroom. Given a Georgian front in 1821 as the membership grew, that front was replicated to permit an extension forward (over the old graveyard) in 1994.

Wallingford : Methodist Church

Methodism in Wallingford has a long history. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, visited the town on at least 4 occasions. The present Church building, in St Leonards Square was built in 1873. The premises have been modernised and extended in recent years, to serve a growing congregation and for community use.

Wallingford : Quaker Meeting House

The simple Quaker Meeting House was built in 1724 and retains many original features, including traditional plain plasterwork, brick flooring, wooden panelling, ministers’ gallery and benches. It is located in a secluded setting, close to the town centre and surrounded by garden.

Wallingford : Ridgeway Community Centre

Ridgeway Community Church is a lively and loving church with two congregations, Didcot and Wallingford. We are a community of followers of Jesus Christ, who commit ourselves to one-another in order to worship God, study His Word, be strengthened by His Holy Spirit and impact the world which He loves.

Wallingford : St John the Evangelist

The Church of St John the Evangelist is a Roman Catholic community based in Wallingford that also enjoys a strong relationship with the sister community of the English Martyrs Church in Didcot.

Wallingford : St Leonard

St. Leonard’s is the oldest of the three remaining churches in Wallingford. Believed to be of Saxon origin, signs of which are still visible, it has been rebuilt several times during its long history. St. Leonard’s is used for services every Sunday along with its sister church of St. Mary-le-More.

Wallingford : St Mary le More

St. Mary-le-More occupies a central position in Wallingford. It is believed that there has been a Christian building on the site since at least Norman times. That first Christian building was rebuilt at the end of the 13th Century. The building has undergone at least two major changes since then and is now used for many community activities as well as for regular worship.

Wallingford : St Peter

The original parish church of St. Peter was destroyed during the Civil War (1646). A new church was built between 1763 and 1769, which remained in use for two hundred years, closing 29th. June, 1969. Nowadays it is used for worship only once a year, to celebrate the feast of St. Peter. It is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust.

Wantage : Baptist Church


Wantage : Methodist Church

The original, smaller chapel was built in 1845 and has been altered and extended over the years. During a renovation in 1881 pews, a pulpit, singing gallery and gas lighting were installed. An organ had been in place since sometime between 1866 and 1872. A major refurbishment was undertaken in 2015.

Wantage : SS Peter and Paul

Grade I listed.
Origins in C13. Cruciform plan. Building materials consist of coursed and random limestone rubble with limestone ashlar. Sheet metal roof with stone slates to transepts.
Windows date from C13 to C15 and include various decorated designs and different styles of tracery.
The porch is C15 but was moved in C19 from its original central position to the west end.
The tower over crossing features late C13 windows, a polygonal stair turret to the south-west and a corbel table to a crenelated parapet.

Late C14 stalls with bench- end carvings. The piscina is C13. The north wall of the chancel has a C15 two-bay arcade with a C15 screen and door. The pews in the nave are probably C19.
The north aisle features a C15 piscina.

Wantage : St John Vianney

The foundation stone was laid in 1959 and the church opened on 1st October 1961. Simplicity of line is the keynote of this church. The exterior wall is of hand-made multi-red bricks with a Flemish bond, the interior wall of fine texture red bricks in English bond. The roof is of strip aluminium and the interior ceiling of treated cedar in contrasting toned strips.

Warborough : St Laurence


Wardington : St Mary Magdalene

A large church built on a slight rise in the centre of an attractive ironstone village on the northernmost boundary of the county. The chancel contains some Norman remains but otherwise the church is largely 13th and 14th century with two arcades and some good Decorated windows. Unusual points to note are a large holy water stoup in the porch and an unusual round window over the chancel arch

Watchfield : St Patrick


Watchfield : St Thomas

St Thomas’s (Grade II listed) was built in 1857-8 by G E Street, an earlier church having been demolished in 1788. It is plain Gothic in style, made of rubble stone with dressed stone buttresses, copings and openings and gabled stone tiled roof with bellcote.

Waterperry : St Mary the Virgin

An attractive small church of Saxon origin in a peaceful corner next to Waterperry House and its well-known gardens. It has some fine medieval stained glass, memorials, Georgian box pews and brasses.

Waterstock : St Leonard

Grade II* listed.
Origins in C12 and C14, however largely rebuilt during C19. Building material consists of flint rubble with limestone ashlar quoins, dressings and bands. Roof is C19 and of tile with decorative ridges.
Architectural features include a chancel, north transept, aisled nave, south porch and west tower. There are also corner buttresses.
Windows date from C14 and include various forms of decorated tracery.

Capitals and part of a cable-moulded shaft on the west end of the south aisle. The south wall of the chancel also features a C13 carved head. There is a tympanum over the vestry which was removed from its original place on the north wall of the nave. There are two C15 arches to the south chapel and a C14 four-bay arcade.

Watlington : Methodist Church

Charles Wesley preached here but the Methodist Church itself was not built until 1812 in red brick with rounded windows, and front partly obscured by later proch.

Watlington : St Edmund Campion

The present church dates from 1990 and replaces an earlier building (1929-30) dedicated to the Sacred Heart. Designed by Bosanquet and Perryman, the church is a cruciform space, with the sanctuary in the short east arm and ancillary rooms to the south and west. A short square lantern is above the crossing.

Watlington : St Leonard

The original Norman church, much altered in the 14th and 15th century was restored in 1877 by H.J. Tollit (1835-1904) and E. Dolby (1839-1900).

Wendlebury : St Giles

Grade II listed.
Origins in C13 but largely rebuilt during C18. Building material consists of coursed squared limestone rubble and random rubble with ashlar dressings. The roof is of plain tile.
Features include a nave, chancel, north transept and south-west porch. The chancel is C18 and features east and west windows with ‘y’ tracery. The nave includes two similar windows.
The C20 porch shelters a C15 doorway.
The north transept features a two-light C13 window with plate tracery.

C13 stone font.
There is also a C13 tomb recess in the transept.

West Challow : St Laurence

West Challow
Grade II* listed.
This church is of late C12 origin. Building materials consist of roughcast over limestone walling with limestone ashlar dressings. The roof is of stone slate. Features include a late C13 chancel and also a nave.
Windows range from C13 to C15.
Later restorations were carried out on the limestone rubble wall that supports the porch during C19.

The chancel features two corbels for statues. There is also a piscina which was restored during C19 and a C15 chancel screen. The pulpits dates from C17 whilst the font is C13.

West Hanney : St James the Great

West Hanney
A Norman church built on the site of a Saxon church from which two stone coffins remain in the Porch, the Inner Arch is an excellent example of Norman Carving of a Chevron pattern. There is a fine Norman period font and on the North wall a Memorial Tablet to Elizabeth Bowles who died in 1718 at age 124.
A beautiful Window of Christ in Glory, surrounded by five Saints and two Gallipoli Veterans commemorates the 1914-1918 War.

West Hendred : Holy Trinity

West Hendred
Grade I listed.
C14 origins. Building materials consist of ashlar stone with irregular flint and stone rubble. Architectural features include chancel, nave and west tower. There is also a stone porch to the centre of the south aisle.
Windows range from C14 to C19 and include original C14 lancets to the left and right of the north aisle.
The tower features a plain parapet.

Braced collar truss common-rafter roof to the chancel. C14 tiles on chancel floor.
C18 wood altar rail.
Braced collar truss rafter roof to the nave, with tie beams.
There are fragments of medieval glass to the east window.
The North aisle contains some C15 pews. There is also a hexagonal wood pulpit, which is C17, as is the octagonal stone font. There is a red cross painted on the north wall to the east end of the aisle, and another red cross painted on the south wall.

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