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Cassington : St Peter

Built in 1123 by the treasurer to Henry I, Geoffrey de Clinton this church was altered and added to in the fourteenth century. The most obvious Norman features include the round headed windows and doorways and the corbel table which runs along both sides of the chancel and nave and form a chunkily carved gallery of heads both human and animal. The church contains precious early woodwork and painted glass

Caversfield : St Laurence

The oldest part of the small Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence is the Saxon ground stage of the bell tower, probably from the 10th century. The nave and chancel were rebuilt late in the 12th century. Early in the 13th century the chancel was remodelled again in the Early English Gothic style with two lancet windows at its east end, and the bell-stage of the tower was either added or rebuilt. The small north and south aisles were added around the same time. Each aisle is linked to the nave by an arcade of two bays, in which the style of the piers is of about AD 1180 but the Early English Gothic style of the arches is of about 1230. The south walls of the church include a lancet window, a Decorated Gothic window from early in the 14th century and a Perpendicular Gothic window from late in the 15th century.

In the 18th century the north and south aisles of St. Laurence church were demolished and the two arcades blocked up. In 1874 the Gothic Revival architect Henry Woodyer restored the chancel, rebuilt the aisles and added a vestry to the east of the north aisle.

Chadlington : St Nicholas

Chadlington lies in rolling countryside in North West Oxfordshire on the edge of the Cotswolds. St. Nicholas is mainly 13th-century, with a 14th-century tower and Victorian chancel.

Chalgrove : St Mary

The exterior of Charlgrove St Mary is adequate but unexciting, though amazing wall paintings are hidden inside this modest exterior.

Charlbury : Baptist Church


Charlbury : Friends Meeting House

The Friends Meeting House was built in 1779. It is a square Georgian building with a hipped roof and arched windows. The number of members attending Quaker meetings was 35 in 1826 and 39 in 1851. After the First World War attendance declined rapidly and in the 1920s the meeting house was closed and turned into a preparatory school.

The Thomas Gilkes who helped to provide the land for the meeting house had a son of the same name who became a clockmaker in Sibford Gower. He trained his son — a third Thomas Gilkes (1704–57) — in the same trade. This Gilkes established his own clockmaking business in Charlbury, and was reputed also to be an eminent Quaker minister. He was succeeded by his son, a fourth Thomas Gilkes (1740–75). A number of longcase clocks made by the two men still exist.

Charlbury : Methodist Church


Charlbury : St Mary Virgin


Charlbury : St Teresa


Charlton : Holy Trinity


Charlton on Otmoor : St Mary the Virgin


Charney Bassett : St Peter

Charney Bassett
Some time in the first part of the 12th century that earlier church was replaced by a Norman building of stone, probably on the same site. That first Norman church was much smaller than the current building, and only parts of it survive in the south wall of the nave.

Chastleton : St Mary the Virgin

The church was built in about AD 1100 and enlarged in 1320. The present bell-tower was added in 1689. The church was restored in 1878–80 to designs by CE Powell (1851-1934) and is a Grade II* listed building.

Checkendon : St Peter and St Paul

A small Norman flint and stone church in a pretty Chiltern village. The semi-circular apse has early 13th-century wall-paintings and the monuments include a modern window engraved by Laurence Whistler.

Chesterton : St Mary

The oldest part of the Anglican parish church of Saint Mary is a 12th-century arcade of three arches between the nave and the north aisle. The arcade is in the Transitional style between Norman and Early English Gothic. The church was rebuilt in the 13th century and reconsecrated in 1238. The chancel arch and arcade of the south aisle, both of which are Early English Gothic, date from this period. The Decorated Gothic bell tower was added early in the 14th century. The present Perpendicular Gothic windows in the south aisle were added in the 14th or 15th century. In the 15th century a clerestory was added to the nave and a five-light east window was inserted in the chancel.

In 1852 the east window was replaced with a Gothic Revival Decorated Gothic four-light one, and in 1854 the chancel arch was restored. In 1866 the architect F.C. Penrose restored much of the building, including the windows in the south aisle and some of those in the north aisle. He also added a turret staircase to the tower.

By 1552 St. Mary’s three bells and Sanctus bell. William Watts of Bedford cast the present tenor bell in about 1590. Henry Farmer of Evesham in Worcestershire and James Keene of Woodstock jointly cast the present treble and second bells in 1623. Richard III Chandler of Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire cast the present Sanctus bell in 1715. The clock was added in 1884

Childrey : Childrey Methodist Church


Childrey : St Mary the Virgin

Grade I listed
The present cruciform church dates from the 12th Century.

Chilton : All Saints

The church consists of a nave (built in the 12th century), south aisle (13th century), chancel (14th century), a west tower and a south porch (both 19th century). The walls, which are built of chalk with stone dressings, are plastered internally and rendered externally.

Chinnor : Chinnor Community Church

A congregational church dating from the start of the 19th century

Chinnor : Chinnor Methodist Church


Chinnor : St Andrew

Tucked away under the Buckinghamshire Chilterns, surrounded by modern housing, St Andrew’s is a remarkable church. The outside is Decorated, with fine window tracery characteristic of the period, and the south porch, with vaulted ceiling, and door are also 14th century. The nave arcades are Early English. The brasses are among the finest in the county. Around the walls of the nave are sixteen large oil paintings of the Apostles and Evangelists presented by an 18th-century rector and ascribed to Sir James Thornhill.

Chipping Norton : Baptist Church

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton : Holy Trinity

Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton : Methodist Church

Chipping Norton
The church was opened in 1868 .

Chipping Norton : St Mary the Virgin

Chipping Norton
One of the great Cotswold churches, whose nave was rebuilt about 1485 by a local wool merchant, John Ashfield. The clerestory, which runs the length of the nave, bathes the church with light.

Chislehampton : St Katherine


Cholsey : St Mary

St Mary’s Cholsey is a village church with an active congregation. Founded as an abbey church by King Ethelred the Unready in approximately 986. Much of the church as seen today is Norman and it unusually retains its original cruciform shape. It was reordered internally in the 1980s. Agatha Christie is buried in the church yard.

Church Hanborough : SS Peter and Paul

Church Hanborough
The Church of England parish church of Saints Peter and Paul was built before 1130, when Henry I granted its advowson to Reading Abbey, which he had founded nine years earlier. Surviving 12th century features include Norman tympanum of the north door, which is a relief of Saint Peter with the Lamb of God and the lion of Saint Mark. Early in the 13th century the chancel and chancel arch were rebuilt, the north chapel was extended eastwards, the height of the aisles was increased, the north and south porches were added and a west tower was built.

Churchill : All Saints


Churchill : Methodist Chapel

The Methodist Church (more often called The Chapel) was opened at Easter 1927 by Richard Cadbury of chocolate fame, on a site donated by David Crudge, a local farmer. The stone came from Chadlington. The iron gates were made by Charles Blake the village blacksmith and the chairs were made from trees grown in Churchill. Designed by WG Eaton of Witney in stone and with striking lancet windows.

Churchill : Old Church

Redundant medieval church of which only the chancel remains surrounded by graveyard.

Clanfield : St Stephen


Claydon : St James the Great

An attractive little church with a saddleback tower and Norman doorway on the Northamptonshire border.

Clifton Hampden : St Michael and All Angels

Clifton Hampden

Cogges : St Mary

The church has an unusual tower; positioned in the NW corner of the church it is square at ground stage, octagonal at upper stages with a pyramid roof, and is characteristic of Normandy churches. The nave was originally aisleless and may be pre-Conquest.

Cokethorpe School

St Mary, Cokethorpe is now a School Chapel.

Coleshill : All Saints

All Saints Church was built of flint and stone in 1861.

Combe : St Laurence


Compton Beauchamp : St Swithun

Compton Beauchamp
The Church of England parish church of Saint Swithun is 13th century and is built of chalk. This ancient church is unusual in that most of the furnishings date from the 20th century. These were commissioned by Samuel Gurney, an Anglo Catholic who lived in Compton Beauchamp from 1924 until his death in 1968. He commissioned the artist Martin Travers to redesign the interior, which was completely reordered between 1925 and 1950.

Cornwell : St Peter


Cote : Baptist Chapel

A Chapel was registered for meetings in 1704 but the present building was built in 1756. It is no longer used for regular worship, but the Churchyard is still open for burials.

Cottisford : St Mary the Virgin

This small stone built church was built in the 13th Century on the site of a Saxon Church by the Abbot of Bec to whom the manor had been given by the family of the Norman Baron who had received it after the invasion of England in 1066. Apart from the removal of the tower it remains unchanged to the present day. In the church will be found a memorial tablet to the well known author Flora Thompson (author of ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ who was born and lived in the adjacent hamlet of Juniper Hill whilst a girl.

Cowley : Bartlemas Chapel


Cowley : John Bunyan Baptist Church


Cowley : Methodist Church


Cowley : Our Lady Help of Christians


Cowley : SS Mary and John


Cowley : St Alban


Cowley : St Francis

The first of four churches in Oxford designed by T Laurence Dale, St. Francis of Assisi, Cowley (1930–31), was built on a site provided by Morris Motors as a temporary daughter church of St. James, Cowley. Its Foundation Stone laid on 11 September 1930. It was made a permanent church and dedicated in 1962. St. Francis’ is a simple building with only a small chancel. The reredos screen behind the high altar is a particularly fine example of Murano glass and marble art work

Cowley : St James


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