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Eaton Hastings : St Michael and All Angels

Eaton Hastings

Elsfield : St Thomas of Canterbury


Enstone : St Kenelm

A substantial well maintained and architecturally interesting Grade 2* medieval building on a saxon site partly restored by George Street in the 19th Century.

The first building must have existed before 830 AD and some small Saxon remains can still be seen. The main Norman building was the nave and South doorway; the North aisle is early English and the South aisle 14th Century; tower, chancel, clerestory and porch are all of the Perpendicular period i.e. 15th Century. The Lady Chapel on the South side of the church is Tudor. There is a 16th Century priest’s chamber over the South porch. There are six bells. In 1856 there was a complete restoration under the well-known architect, George Edmund Street.

Epwell : St Anne

The building is 13th century with later windows and an unusual 14th century tower which also forms the porch.

Ewelme : St Mary The Virgin

The church, cloistered almshouses and school were built as a group about 1432 by the Earl (later Duke) and Countess of Suffolk. She was Alice Chaucer, granddaughter of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer: her magnificent canopied tomb, with alabaster effigy, lies beside the altar. Note the very tall font cover of 1475.

Eynsham : Baptist Church

The current building was completed in 1818 (although a small chapel in a converted barn existed in 1812). Originally there was a gallery at the rear of the church over the main doors, the windows had stone mullions and there were pews. At the front was a large central pulpit, before which was the baptismal pool. Although the pews and pulpit were removed in the latter part of the 20th century, the pool remains and is still used.The mullions in the windows and the gallery were removed in 1884 when the building became derelict.

Eynsham : St Leonard


Eynsham : St Peter


Faringdon : All Saints

A grand cruciform town church, mostly 12th and 13th century, which lost its spire in the Civil War. It has some exceptional stonework and some fine monuments, particularly those to the Unton and Pye families.

Faringdon : Blessed Hugh

The church was refurbished and reordered in 2007 following the closure of St George’s Buckland. It is dedicated to a Roman Catholic priest martyred in 1539. As Abbot he refused to surrender Reading Abbey. Now the Roman Catholic church it was originally built as a Congregational church in 1840.

Faringdon : Friends Meeting House


Faringdon : United Church


Farmoor : St Mary

Farmoor is part of the parish of Cumnor, and until the 20th century parishioners worshipped 2 miles (3 km) away at the Church of England parish church of Saint Michael, Cumnor. There is now the church of Saint Mary, Farmoor that was built as a chapel of ease.

Fernham : St John Evangelist Chapel

The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Evangelist was designed in 13th century style by the Gothic Revival architect J.W. Hugall and built in 1861 as a chapel of ease for Longcot. St. John’s parish is now part of a single Church of England Benefice with the parishes of Ashbury, Bourton, Compton Beauchamp, Longcot, Shrivenham and Watchfield. In 2008 the parish controversially spent a £90,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to strip St. John’s of its Victorian pews, lay a modern floor and reorder its interior for secular uses as a village hall.

Fifield : St John the Baptist

Early C13 with C14 tower and porch; nave partly rebuilt 1840; restored in 1897 by T. Colcutt who added north vestry.

Filkins : Methodist Church

The Chapel in Filkins was dedicated in 1833

Filkins : St Peter

The church was built to the designs of George Edmund Street in 1855-7. St Peters consists of a nave with west bellcote, small south porch, north aisle and an apsidal chancel with north vestry.

Finmere : St Michael and All Angels


Finstock : Holy Trinity

Church. 1841, interior “improved and beautified” in 1876, and vestry/organ chamber added in 1906 1905-6 (dated 1905 on rainwater-heads), by S. Slingsby and Stallwood of Reading.

Squared and coursed limestone with additions in dressed limestone, ashlar dressings. Stone slate roofs. Four-bay nave in a lancet style; 2-bay chancel and south vestry/organ chamber in a Decorated Gothick style.

Forest Hill : St Nicholas

Forest Hill

Freeland : Methodist Church

Freeland Methodist Church is the oldest Methodist Church in the Witney and Faringdon circuit. The building of the church commenced in 1805 and was completed in 1807.

Freeland : St Mary the Virgin

This unaltered Victorian Gothic church of 1870 was designed by J. L. Pearson, an important Gothic Revival architect. The glass and wall-paintings – which have recently been restored to their former glory – by his favourite craftsmen, Clayton and Bell. The adjoining parsonage and the school form part of the scheme.

Fringford : St Michael and All Angels


Fritwell : St Olave

A Norman church much altered by G E Street in 1865

Fulbrook : St James The Great

The church is Norman with traces of earlier Saxon work. The North aisle was added about 1200AD and the porch in the late 13th Century.

Fyfield : Baptist Chapel


Fyfield : St Nicholas


Garford : St Luke


Garsington : St Mary


Glympton : St Mary


Godington : Holy Trinity

The earliest written record of the parish church is from 1221, when the Abbess of the Benedictine Elstow Abbey in Bedfordshire disputed with a later Richard de Camville which one of them held the advowson of the parish. The Abbey won, and retained the right until its dissolution in 1539. After this the Crown held the advowson until 1608, when it was sold to Sir Henry Fowkes who immediately sold it on to Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

The Fermors were recusants and with their support the majority of Godington parishioners remained Roman Catholic. In 1739 Roman Catholics still outnumbered Anglicans in the parish, and a Roman Catholic priest lived in the parish to serve them. Early in the 19th century it was recorded that the farming families were Catholic but their labourers were Protestant. Until 1900 in the roof of the farmhouse at Moat Farm there was a Roman Catholic chapel that was served by a priest from Hethe. In 1759 it was also recorded that recusants from Godington worshipped at the Fermor family chapel at Tusmore Park.

By 1790 the mediaeval Church of England parish church of the Holy Trinity was in disrepair and in danger of collapse, and in 1792 William Fermor employed a fellow-Roman Catholic to rebuild it. In 1852 the church was restored and rectangular Georgian windows were converted to lancets, and in 1905 the building was restored again. The mediaeval font survives and some mediaeval masonry remains in the bell tower. The tower used to have three bells, but in 1792 two of them were sold to pay for rebuilding the church. The surviving bell was cast in 1717, and there is also a Sanctus bell cast in 1793.
Goosey, All Saints Chapel

Goosey : All Saints Chapel


Goring : Our Lady and St John

Located near the River Thames, and in the village of Goring in the Goring Gap between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, this church was designed by the architect William Ravenscroft and built in 1898.

Goring : St Thomas of Canterbury

Located in the Goring Cap, between the Berkshire Downs and Chiltern Hills, the early C12 church is little altered and excavations have uncovered the remains of an Augustine priory built in the late C12.

Goring : The Free Church

One of the remaining chapels founded by Lady Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon in the late C18.

The congregation was founded in 1788, and its first chapel was opened in 1793 (now used as the hall). A new church was constructed at its centenary in 1893.

Goring Heath : St Bartholomew Chapel

Goring Heath
Set in tranquil grounds, this small chapel is part of a fine C18 group of almshouses, situated at the end of a short avenue in woodland outside the village of Goring Heath within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The chapel, together with the almshouses, was built in 1724 by Henry Alnutt, a lawyer from London.

Great Bourton : All Saints

Great Bourton

Great Coxwell : St Giles

Great Coxwell
Grade II listed.

C13 origins, although altered and enlarged in the C15 and restored in 1882. Building materials consist of rubble stone and stone dressings, with cement render to the south wall of the nave and tower. Roofs are gabled and are of stone tile.

Central features include a 2-bay nave, 2-bay chancel, north porch and west tower. The tower is Perpendicular and of 3 storeys with plain string courses, 2-light cusped bell openings under flat heads with dripstones, a
moulded string to upper storey with gargoyles and an embattled parapet.

The N wall of the nave contains two Early English lancets. The south wall of the chancel was rebuilt circa 1290 but
preserves an Early English lancet and a plainly moulded priest’s door. The
chancel N wall also has two Early English lancets.

Great Haseley : St Peter

Great Haseley
The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter dates from about 1200. The three-bay arcades linking the nave with the north and south aisles are in a Transitional style from Norman to Early English Gothic, as is an external doorway that has been re-set on the west side of the bell-tower. The chancel and its arch were built late in the 13th century, and it retains all of its Decorated Gothic windows from that time. In the 14th century each aisle was extended eastwards with a fourth bay, and at the end of each aisle is a chapel with a squint into the chancel. The northeast chapel is Perpendicular Gothic, as are the bell-tower and the clerestory that was added to the nave. The Gothic Revival architect Thomas Garner restored the chancel in 1897. St Peter’s is a Grade I listed building.

The tower has a ring of six bells. Four of them — the present third, fourth, fifth and tenor bells — existed by 1552. In 1641 Ellis I Knight of Reading recast what are now the fourth and fifth bells and cast a new bell (now the second bell), increasing the ring to five. Late in the 1690s William and Robert Cor of Aldbourne, Wiltshire recast what is now the third bell. Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester recast the tenor bell in 1774 and cast a new treble bell in 1775, increasing the ring to six.In 1925 Gillett & Johnston of Croydon re-cast the treble and the third bells, an event watched by King George V and Queen Mary. Also in 1925 all six were re-hung in a new iron frame, which has capacity for the ring to be increased to eight.

Great Milton : Methodist Church

Great Milton
The church was established in 1842 as a Wesleyan chapel.

Great Milton : St Mary

Great Milton
Grade I listed.

C11/12 origins with C13 and mainly early C14 additions. Building materials consist of coursed limestone rubble and ashlar dressings. Roofs are of metal sheet.

Central features include a three-bay aisled nave with a chancel, west tower and
south porch. The chancel retains a tiny round-headed window on each side and a C13
lancet to south, but has two-light side windows and a four-light east window of
Decorated style.

The south aisle is entirely elaborate Decorated work with a high
moulded plinth, gabled buttresses with ogee-canpied niches, and three-light side
windows, a four-light east window and a two -light west window, each of a different
tracery pattern.

The two-storey south porch has a ribbed quadripartite vault with a
richly-carved boss, and the parapet continuing around the aisle has fantastic
gargoyles. The north aisle is plainer with three-light windows of reticulated tracery,
but incorporates a C13 doorway with deeply-moulded arch and five shafts, both
detached and attached, with stiff-leaf capitals.

Great Rollright : St Andrew

Great Rollright
Picturesque church with richly carved south aisle and porch. Late C12, restored 1852 by G.E. Street. Roughcast limestone rubble with limestone-ashlar dressings; limestone ashlar; copper roofs.

Great Tew : St Michael and All Angels

Great Tew
The church was originally Norman but was rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. It lies on the edge of a picturesque village of thatched cottages and is approached by a tree-lined path. The monuments include an elegant stone sculpture of Mary Anne Boulton by Sir Francis Chantrey, dated 1834.

Grove : Methodist Church

The church is situated in the centre of the village. Extensions were undertaken in 2011 to facilitate community use.

Grove : St John Baptist

The church was built in 1890 and refurbished in 2014

Hailey : St John Evangelist

Designed in 1869 by the young architect Clapton Crabb Rolfe. The Church has a strangely-shaped bell turret.

Hampton Gay : St Giles

Hampton Gay
Grade II* listed.

C13 origins but rebuilt between 1767-72 for Reverend Thomas Hinds.

Building materials consist of squared and coursed limestone with ashlar quoins;
coursed limestone rubble with north wall and west tower. The roof is gabled and of stone slate.

Central features include a nave, chancel and west tower.

Windows date from C13 and include examples of graduated C13-style lancets.

The two-bay side walls have classical moulded cornice and pointed lancets with a hood
mould over a mid C19 pointed arched chamfered doorway with plank door. The 2-storey west tower is an original feature.

Elsewhere are C18 semi-circular arched belfry windows with key and impost blocks; crenellated
parapet and a pyramidal-roof which has a large ball finial and wrought-iron weathervane.

Interior: Includes a mid C18 panelled pulpit; mid C19 pews; mid C18 gallery with panelled
font set on slender octagonal shaft.

Hampton Poyle : St Mary

Hampton Poyle
Grade II* listed.

Late C13 origins. Building materials consist of coursed limestone rubble. The roof is stone-coped, gabled and of Welsh slate.

Central features include a north aisle of c.1360 and late C13 south aisle. Most of the church was restored in 1841
and then again during the 1860s. There is also a chancel and an aisled nave.

Windows contain a range of examples of one and two light windows, with a C19 Geometrical-style 3-light design in the east window, and a C15 two-light window. There is also a C19 lancet window and a label mould over the late C13 chamfered pointed-arched doorway to the south. The north aisle has a C14 hood mould over a 3-light Perpendicular window to the east, as well as a C15 two-light window and mid C19 buttress to north.

Interior: Contains mid C19 marble reredos. There is a mid C19 piscina and benches; backs to benches have C17 panels with scribed lozenges. The chancel arch is C14 and double-chamfered.

Hanwell : St Peter

Largely 14th century, this church is particularly noted for the vigorous stone carving both inside and out. Decorated and Perpendicular window tracery is enhanced by the plain glass in all the windows.

Hardwick : St Mary

St Mary, Cokethorpe Consists of chancel, nave, NW tower, and Victorian N aisle

It is now a School Chapel.

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