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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.

Wantage : St Marys Convent

The Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) was founded in 1848 .

Wantage : St Marys Convent


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.

Watchfield : St Thomas Chapel

Built during 1857-58 by G.E.Street in gothic style. Building material consists of rubble stone with dressed stone buttresses.
Architectural features include a three-bay nave, one-bay chancel, a north aisle and a west facing bellcote.
Windows are also gothic in style, with lots of examples of cusped ‘y’ tracery.
There is a West porch with a chamfered arch.

Rather plain, featuring perpendicular style capitals across the north aisle. The roof is an open rafter roof.
Transitional style font.

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.

West Lockinge : All Souls Chapel

West Lockinge
Now used as a cemetery chapel

Westcote Barton : St Edward Confessor

Westcote Barton
A tiny gem of a church which seems to be wholly Perpendicular with its square-headed windows, tower and embattled parapet. Inside, however, there is evidence of an earlier church with a Norman arcade, vigorously carved capital and a Transitional chancel arch of about 1200. A very good 15th-century rood screen remains, enthusiastically coloured by a Victorian rector, though the rood itself is a copy.

Weston on The Green : St Mary Virgin

Grade II* listed.
Origins in early C13. Building material consists of limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. Architectural features include a four-bay nave, south porch and west tower. The east wall of the nave is blank but contains traces of the former chancel, which was demolished in C19. Interestingly, a lot of the stone work of the nave appears to have been re-used.
The windows range from C13 to C19. There is also a blocked doorway on the south wall and a similar doorway to the west.
The church also features a C15 parapet with angel gargoyles.

Transitional tower arch with C19 hood mould.
The font is tub shaped and dates from C12.

Westwell : St Mary

The most westerly well in Oxfordshire, Westwell boasts a beautiful church standing in a lush green churchyard. The nave is 12th Century with later additions.

Wheatfield : St Andrew

This church is surrounded by parkland, the neighbouring manor house having been burnt down in 1814. Originally 14th century, it was remodelled in the 18th. All the furnishings are Georgian, including the font, pulpit and box pews.

Wheatley : Our Lady of Lourdes

The Chapel was converted from the 300 years old tithe barn entirely by the Wheatley Catholic congregation between 1962 and 1964.

Wheatley : St Mary the Virgin

Originally built during the 18th Century but so disliked by the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, that a new church was designed and built by George Edmund Street. It is a grade II* listed example of Gothic Revival architecture.

Wheatley : United Reformed Church

The present chapel was opened in 1842 and occupies the site of the Old Tannery Barn (c.1790). The building retains its original outline and simple interior, despite many repairs and adaptations over the years

Whitchurch : St Mary

A church with Norman origins, located close to the River Thames, rebuilt in 1858 by Henry Woodyer in C14 style using some medieval work.

Whitchurch Hill : St John Baptist

Whitchurch Hill
The church was designed by Francis Bacon of Highclere and built by Wheelers of Reading in 1883. It was built of flint and stone with lancet windows, the chancel and nave in one with the apsidal east end.

Widford : St Oswald

A tiny church in the Windrush Valley, built on the site of an earlier Roman villa or temple. The building is mainly 13th Century with remnants of an 11th Century Saxon or Norman building. It has box pews.

Wigginton : Methodist


Wigginton : St Giles

The Decorated Gothic nave and chancel of the Church of England parish church of Saint Giles were built late in the 13th century. The Perpendicular Gothic porch and west tower were added later. The tower has a ring of six bells. St. Giles’ has an early clock. Its date is unknown but its characteristics suggest it was made early in the 17th century.

Wilcote : St Peter

NORTH LEIGH WILCOTE SP31NE 5/188 Church of St. Peter 12/09/55 GV II* Church. Late C12 with mid C13 and early C14 alterations; restored 1858 by H. Woodyer and 1868 by A.W. Blomfield. Coursed limestone rubble; gabled stone slate roof. Nave and chancel.

Witney : Davenport Road Methodist Church

The Chapel was built in 1957

Witney : Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church Woodgreen was designed by B. Ferry and built in 1849. It is of an aisle-less design with a western turret containing one bell, an organ built in 1894 and seated 518 worshippers. The stained glass east window was added in 1919 to the memory of Dr. Christopher Harvey and the choir screen to Mr Richard Gillett. The inside of the building was re-ordered in 2004. It still has its simple and clean character, but it is now an accessible and flexible building

Witney : Newland Methodist Church


Witney : Our Lady and St Hugh

The Church was built in 1975.

Witney : St Mary the Virgin

The church dates back to the 11th century, when a Norman church was built and incorporated in the present building as the nave in the 13th century.
The present church was dedicated in or around 1243. In the 14th century the north and south transepts were built on, and in the 15th century the clerestory windows and the splendid west window were added.
Architecturally, it is one of the most important churches in West Oxfordshire and its spire is, as Pevsner has said, with that of Oxford cathedral is the most impressive tower of this date in the county. The late 12th century porch is a rare survival from this period.

Witney : Witney Congregational Church


Witney : Witney Methodist Church

Grade II listed
Methodist (originally Wesleyan)
In 1796 a Trust was formed and the present site purchased.

Wolvercote : Baptist Church

In the early 19th century, a house in the lower village was licensed as a Dissenters’ Meeting House. This later lapsed, but there remained a Non-Conformist following in the village which worshipped at the Congregational Church in Summertown or the New Road Baptist Church in Oxford. From this latter church, Mr Ernest Alden came on mission in 1884 preaching on the village green. This resulted in a church group first meeting in a house, then a barn, and then a church building raised in 1886.

Wolvercote : SS Gregory and Augustine

The Church of SS Gregory and Augustine was founded in 1911.

The architect was Ernest Newton, a much admired member of the Arts and Crafts movement. The fabric of the church is very little changed from the time of its foundation.
Pevsner describes it as ”Small and stuccoed. A rectangle, white, with a cupola. W. window with a gently double-curved head. Plaster tunnel-vault inside with tie beams.”

Wolvercote : St Peter

A chapel of ease at Wolvercote subject to the church of St. Peter-in-the-East, Oxford, was first recorded in 1236, but architectural evidence indicates that it existed by the late 12th century. Its dependent status was confirmed in 1294. The present church built in 1860 in 14th century style (architect, Charles Buckeridge,, 1832-73) comprises chancel with north vestry, nave with north aisle and small mortuary chapel and a south porch, and west tower,

Woodcote : Christ the King RC

The foundation stone was laid on 27 November 1965 and the church was opened on 7 May 1966 by Archbishop Dwyer. The cost was just over £9,000. The church continues to be served from Goring.

Woodcote : St Leonard

Located on the site of a previous Norman chapel, the existing church was rebuilt in flint in 1845-6 .

Woodeaton : Holy Rood

This is a peaceful country church, noteworthy for having largely escaped renovations and thus retaining much of its original medieval character and atmosphere. It is in regular use for communion and special services, and is a focal point for the village. The main fabric probably dates from between 1250 and 1275, and although the church is simple, it has a number of unusual features.

Woodstock : Baptist Church

The earliest recording of Baptists meeting in Woodstock was in 1794 when several Woodstock families invited the Rev James Hinton the minister of New Road Baptist Church in Oxford to lead worship in a house opposite the Marlborough Arms Hotel.

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