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Banbury : St Mary

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.

Banbury : St Paul


Banbury : United Reformed Church

Previously shared space in St Mary’s Church, Banbury.

Barford St John : St John

Barford St John
The church was originally built in about 1150 although only the south doorway and the font survive from this period. The chancel was rebuilt in the 13th century, and the Decorated Gothic windows in the nave were added in the 14th century. The church was rebuilt in 1860/61 and the tower was demolished and rebuilt over the south porch.

Barford St Michael : St Michael

Barford St Michael
Simple country church, almost all Norman, except for south aisle added in 13th century. Across the little river Swere is Barford St John, a small medieval church with a strange tower and porch by G E Street.

Baulking : St Nicholas


Bayworth : Baptist Chapel


Beckley : Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary


Begbroke : St Michael


Benson : St Helen


Berinsfield : SS Mary and Berin


Berrick Salome : St Helen

Berrick Salome

Besselsleigh : St Lawrence


Bicester : Emmanuel Church


Bicester : Methodist Church


Bicester : St Edburg

Visitors enter through the North porch, to find the Baptistery. This has a plain 13th century font with a cover of 1757. Its position just inside the building symbolises the spiritual entry to the church conferred by Baptism.

Bicester : The Immaculate Conception

The church was opened and blessed by the Archbishop of Birmingham on March 23rd 1963. Designed on a T shape pattern, the interior is full height with transverse arches. It contains a bronze statue of the Immaculate Reception by Mark Delf (1993).

Binsey : St Margaret

The earliest datable stonework in the church today is the fine Norman arch of the south door, with its zig-zag pattern overlapping a round moulding, some dogs-tooth work and columns with carved capitals. The style of the doorway suggests a late twelfth-century date.

The lead-lined font-bowl in the nave may also be of this period.

Virtually the entire church was rebuilt, at least from waist height, in the 13th century, probably using the original limestone rubble. The Gothic chancel arch was inserted at this time, and the chancel itself enlarged to its present size, with the piscina and a tall lancet window (the lower part of which was subsequently blocked) inserted in the south wall. The trussed rafter roof in the chancel may also date from this time, as such roofs are rare in churches after 1400. The bell-cote is also 13th century. Lancets were inserted in the west and south walls and a door, now blocked but which may have led to monastic buildings, in the north wall. The porch was also added as part of this 13th century rebuilding.

In the 14th or 15th centuries, further windows were added in both nave and chancel. Those in the west and south walls of the nave consist of pairs of trefoiled windows, with deep internal splaying and wooden lintels, within a rectangular frame. They are earlier than the more elaborate 15th century Perpendicular Gothic cinquefoil three-light east and south windows in the chancel. The tie-beam nave roof was also raised about 2 ft above the original corbels as part of this work. The roof itself is of stone slates, possibly from Stonesfield, which began production about this time. Other work possibly carried out at this time was the buttressing of the chancel, probably to ensure that the roof structure (which was not renewed or strengthened with tie-beams) could support the stone slates.

Bix : St James

Located near Henley on Thames in the Chiltern Hills, this village church was built in 1874 by J. Gibson, replacing the old church of St. James. This is a small church of flint and stone with a cheerful interior with exposed brickword banded in black and white. The remains of the old church are located about a mile to the north.

Black Bourton : St Mary

Black Bourton
The highlight of the church is its 13th century wall paintings. Covered at the reformation, they were first uncovered when the church was restored in 1866. However, against the vicar’s wishes, they were again whitewashed and were not finally uncovered until 1932.

Blackbird Leys : Sacred Heart

Blackbird Leys

Bladon : Methodist Church

The Methodist congregation very quickly outgrew the small chapel built in 1843 (and this became the School Room).Thus in 1870s a new building was provided on an adjoining plot of land. This new building costing £500 was largely subscribed by agricultural labourers. Later additions to the building, included the erection of a vestry and kitchen, followed by a complete refurbishment in 1970s.

Bladon : St Martin

St Martin’s Church in Bladon near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, is the Church of England parish church of Bladon-with-Woodstock. It is also the mother church of St Mary Magdalene at Woodstock, which was originally a chapel of ease. It is best known for the graves of the Spencer-Churchill family, including Sir Winston Churchill, in its churchyard.

Bletchingdon : St Giles


Blewbury : Blewbury Centre


Blewbury : St Michael and All Angels

A substantial Mediaeval parish church. A spacious church with a late Norman vaulted chancel and tower crossing, with south and north aisles and west tower added in the 13th to 15th centuries. It is set in a pretty village at the foot of the Berkshire Downs.

Bloxham : Baptist Church

There has been a Baptist congregation in Bloxham since 1682. The current Baptist church was built in 1862 and enlarged in 2001.

Bloxham : St Mary

Large ironstone church mainly 14th and 15th century, but also a good Norman doorway. Very fine stone carvings both inside and out. Large east window by William Morris and Burne-Jones. Some remains of Medieval Paintings.

Boars Hill : St Thomas More

Boars Hill

Bodicote : St John Baptist


Botley : Baptist Church


Botley : SS Peter and Paul

Botley’s Church of England church of St Peter and St Paul on West Way, built in 1958 is one of four in its benefice which reaches outside the historic ecclesiastical parish to include St. Frideswide, Oxford and St. Margaret of Antioch, Binsey and has close ties to other denominations including the Calvery Chapel, the Botley Baptist and Roman Catholic Churches.

Bourton : St James

The Church of England parish church of Saint James was designed by the Gothic Revival architect J.W. Hugall. W.H. Page and P.H. Ditchfield state it was built in 1881 but Nikolaus Pevsner states it was built in 1860.

Brightwell Baldwin : St Bartholomew

Brightwell Baldwin
The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of Saint Bartholomew are 13th century, including a stair turret and a number of lancet windows, notably in the chancel. Early in the 14th century the nave was rebuilt in the Decorated Gothic style, with north and south aisles linked to it by arcades of four bays. The west tower and the Perpendicular Gothic east window of the chancel were added in the 15th century. The pulpit and tester are Jacobean and therefore 17th century. The building was restored in 1895 and is a Grade I listed.

Church monuments in St Bartholomew’s include a number of brasses. In the north aisle is a brass commemorating John the Smith, who died in 1371. It bears an epitaph written in Middle English, which may be the earliest example of an inscription in the English language. The epitaph reflects upon human mortality

Brightwell cum Sotwell : Brightwell Free Church


Brightwell cum Sotwell : St Agatha

Sitting comfortably in its village environment below Wittenham Clumps, St Agatha’s was built in 1153 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henri de Blois, on land he owned at Brightwell and on which Brightwell Castle stood. Now a Grade II* listed building, it illustrates various architectural styles which have occurred over the last nine centuries.

Britwell Salome : St Nicholas

Britwell Salome

Brize Norton : St Britius

Brize Norton
This is the only church in England dedicated to St. Britius, who was canonised in 443 A.D. The church is Norman in origin but has undergone a number of changes over the centuries.

Broadwell : SS Peter and Paul

This large medieval cruciform church, with a north and south transept, dates back to the 12th to 14th centuries .

The church doesn’t face east but north-east, which accords with the Templar’s practice of aligning churches with sunrise on the Patronal Saint’s day, 29th June for the Saints Peter and Paul.

A major reconstruction came when the Victorian Restorers and one, E.G.Bruton, worked on Broadwell in 1873. He stripped the medieval plaster and paintings off the walls and reroofed the nave, chancel and transepts with a steeper pitched roof.

Broughton : St Mary the Virgin

The church was built in the early 14th century, at the time Sir John de Broughton was building the adjacent castle. There is a fine tower and plain broach spire. Inside , the chancel and the nave are separated by a rare stone screen, and there is a remarkable collection of effigies and monuments.

Broughton Poggs : St Peter

Broughton Poggs
A church of considerable antiquity. A pretty 18th Century memorial.

Buckland : St Mary the Virgin

The church was built in the 12th century but has had many major additions over the centuries. Built to a cruciform plan consisting of a chancel with north vestry and organ chamber, a central tower, two transepts, the nave and a south porch.

Bucknell : St Peter


Burford : Baptist Church


Burford : Friends Meeting House

The building probably dates from 1688, with remodelling in 1709 and 1730s.

Burford : SS Thomas More and John Fisher

A modern building

Burford : St John The Baptist

Grand wool church in graveyard full of bale tombs.

Buscot : St Mary


Carterton : Methodist Church

Carterton Methodist Church founded in June 1907 is the oldest of all the churches in Carterton town and has grown from humble beginnings into a faithful, vibrant and humble servant to the community of Carterton.

Carterton : St John Evangelist

A modern, 1950s church, with 1990s addition.

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