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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.

St Britius

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.

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.

St Clement

The original church building stood on The Plain, surrounded by the village, until 1829 when it was demolished. A new church was built on a new site during 1827–28 near the other end of St Clement’s, at the southern end of Marston Road. The architect Daniel Robertson designed the new building in a Norman style: a very early example of the revival of this style of 11th and early 12th century architecture. It was built by John Hudson of Oxford and cost £6,032 19s. 5d, supported by a gift of land from Sir Joseph Lock and public subscriptions principally collected by John Henry Newman. The site of the original church is an open space that is now a roundabout called The Plain.

St Columba

St Columba’s United Reformed Church was founded as a chaplaincy to Presbyterian students in Oxford in 1908. It became a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of England in 1929, and on the union of the Presbyterian and Congregational churches, a congregation of the United Reformed Church.

St Cross

St Cross Church was once a dependent chapelry of St Peter-in-the-East on Queen’s Lane, north of the High Street in central Oxford.[2] The precise date of the church’s foundation is not known, but it has been suggested that the St Cross was first built around AD 890 by St Grimwald.[citation needed]

The chancel arch is late 11th or early 12th century[3] and the nave was built in about 1160.[4] The tower and aisles were added in the 13th century, the upper stage of the tower was rebuilt in 1464 and the north arcade and aisle were rebuilt in the middle of the 15th century.[3] A few of the windows are original Perpendicular Gothic; the remainder are Victorian Gothic Revival.[4]

The aisles were rebuilt again in the 19th century — the north (except for its west end) in 1839 and the south in 1843 — the latter to designs by the architect JM Derick. In 1876 the north aisle was extended by the addition of an organ chamber and vestry designed by HJ Tollit. In 1893 the church was restored under the direction of EP Warren, including the addition of new clerestory windows. The tower was repaired in 1908.

GE Street designed the west window of the north aisle, which was made in 1855. However, since then the window has been moved and, in Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s opinion, “garbled”. Hardman & Co. made the east window of the chancel in 1874. St Cross church is a Grade I listed building.

St Denys

In a rural situation near Matthew Arnold’s ‘stripling Thames’ between Bablock Hythe and Newbridge, the church is an almost unaltered example of the Decorated style of the early 14th century, with two wide transepts and much good window tracery. The 17th-century Laudian altar rails are of unusual quality and were given to St John’s College, the patrons of St Denys’ Church, by Archbishop Laud.

St Denys

Though founded in 939AD, the structural development of the church began in the 12th century with the addition of the north and south doors. This was followed by the addition of the two lower stages of the tower in the 13th century. In the 14th century the north aisle was added, the chancel rebuilt and altered, and the decorated windows created in the south wall.

The north porch was added in the early 15th century, and in the late 15th century the south porch was built or rebuilt, together with the large window above. The nave walls were raised early in the 16th century, the earlier steep roof replaced by a flat one, and the clerestory windows above the north aisle added. With the top storey of the tower and the battlements added, the church began to look as we know today.

St Denys

Little Compton

St Ebbe

The church stands on the site of one dedicated to St Æbbe before 1005. Most sources suggest that this was the Northumbrian St Æbbe of Coldingham, but it has been suggested that Æbbe of Oxford was a different saint. The name was first recorded in about 1005 when the church was granted to Eynsham Abbey.

The present church was built in 1814–16. It was enlarged and improved in 1866 and 1904. A Norman doorway of the 12th century has been restored and placed at the west end, The church is the parish church for the parish of St Ebbes, a portion of which was demolished to make way for the nearby Westgate Shopping Centre in the 1970s. The church has a ministry among the remaining part of the parish, although most of its members live outside the parish. The church is a partner church of St Ebbe’s Primary School, a school within the parish.

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.

St Edmund & St George

The Church of England parish church of Saint Edmund and Saint George is known to have existed by 1154, when it was given to the Augustinian Priory at Kenilworth, later Kenilworth Abbey. Both the west wall of the nave and the south wall of the chancel survive from this time, each retaining a Norman lancet window and the latter a priest’s doorway from the same period. The east end of the chancel was rebuilt early in the 13th century when a Decorated Gothic east window was inserted. In the 15th century a Perpendicular Gothic clerestory was added to the nave. When the Abbey was dissolved in 1538 the advowson of Hethe passed to the Crown, which has retained it ever since.

In 1854 Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford complained that the St. Edmund and St. George was “in most miserable order” and “utterly too small for the population”. In 1859 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street restored the building, widened the chancel arch, and added the bell-turret and the north aisle. Street moved the Decorated Style east window from the chancel to the north aisle, and inserted a new east window in the chancel in its place. In 1924 the living was combined with that of Fringford. The parish is now part of the benefice of Stratton Audley with Godington, Fringford with Hethe and Stoke Lyne. The benefice is part of the Shelswell group of parishes.

St Edmund and St Frideswide Greyfriars

Iffley Road

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.

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.

St Etheldreda

A light and spacious church with tall elegant windows and good window tracery of the Decorated period.
An enormous wall painting of St Christopher dominates the interior. Note the unusual rood screen, loft and pulpit. Over £50K spent recently on rehanging the four 1706 bells and adding two more and repairing the bell frame replacing the original wooden frame with a metal one.

St Faith

Grade I listed.
C12 origin with porch and spire added in C17.
Building materials consist of coursed and uncoursed limestone rubble with limestone ashlar dressings. Roofs consist of metal and stone slate.
Features include a chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and west tower with recessed spire.
Windows date from early C14 onwards and include examples of one, two and three light windows.
Other interesting external features are an original Norman south door with shaft rings, carved capitals and dog tooth ornament. The west tower features original Norman lancets.
Battlements crown the nave walls and are probably C17.

A Jacobean pulpit and C15 octagonal font. There are various monuments and brass plaques dating from C19 onwards.

St Francis


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

St Frideswide

It was designed by the 19th-century Gothic Revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon of Westminster, London, built by the local firm of Honour & Castle. The foundation stone was laid in 1870 and the church was consecrated on 10 April 1872 by John Mackarness, the Bishop of Oxford. It was originally intended for the church tower to have a spire.

In the nave is the “Alice Door”, carved by Alice Liddell, a daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, made famous through Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

St George

The church is a simple rustic building, the nave and chancel being built in the late 12th century and the transepts being added in the mid 13th century.
Hatford, St. George

St George


St George

Saint George’s Roman Catholic Church is Victorian, built in a 14th century style for the Throckmortons of Buckland House. It consists of a chancel, north chapel, nave, south porch and western bellcote.

St George


St George


St Giles


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.

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.

St Giles


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.

St Giles

Grade I listed.

C12 origin.

Building materials consist of Limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and a plain-tile roof.

Features include a nave, two-bay chancel, north transept, west tower and spire with a south porch.

Windows date from C13 and include an original lancet in the chancel. There are C14 two light windows in the south with geometrical tracery. There are C14 Perpendicular style windows in the east and a C15 window in the north. The west wall includes C15 windows of Decorated style.


C14 roofing with a C17 black and white marble floor. The chancel arch is C14 and contains a simple C15 screen. The late C13 tower arch includes an ancient stair.

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.

St Giles

St Giles Church is 550 yards (500 m) north of Oxford’s city wall, and when built it stood in open fields. There were no other buildings between it and the city wall, where the St Michael at the North Gate church stands. About a thousand people lived within the walls of Oxford at this time.

The church was not actually consecrated until 1200, by Saint Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln. There is a 13th or 14th century consecration cross consisting of interlaced circles cut into the western column of the bell tower that is believed to commemorate this. Also in commemoration of the consecration, St Giles’ Fair was established. The fair continues to this day, held on the Monday and Tuesday after the Sunday following 1 September, which is St Giles’ Day. St Hugh also expanded the St Mary Magdalen’s Church to the south in 1194.

Surviving 12th century features of the church include two windows in the north side of the clerestorey of the nave and the lower parts of the bell tower. The tower was finished early in the 13th century, which is the date of the aisle arcades and Early English Gothic lancet windows as well. The Decorated Gothic chancel was built late in the 13th century.

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.

St Giles

The Church of England parish church of Saint Giles seems to have been built late in the 12th century. The Early English Gothic south aisle, including the south door and three and a half bay south arcade date from this period. From this time the east wall of the chancel had a trio of three stepped lancet windows. The early Decorated Gothic south transept was added late in the 13th or early in the 14th century as a chantry chapel. The south porch was added late in the 14th century.

Around 1400 the present west tower and tower arch were built. The tower arch features two unusual almost life-size sculptures of human figures: one playing the bagpipes and the other showing an expression of amazement. Also in the 15th century the pitch of the nave roof was greatly reduced in typical Perpendicular Gothic style. Late in the 15th century, Perpendicular Gothic windows were inserted in both sides of the chancel and the north wall of the nave. The Perpendicular Gothic piscinae in the chancel and south transept are also 15th century.

St Giles

Church founded 1228. Octagonal 14th Century tower with small spire. Late Perpendicular window in wall of south aisle. Nave windows with original wrought iron pitchfork stanchions thought to date back to early 1300s. Windows dedicated to the Virgin, St John the Evangelist and St Thomas the Martyr inserted in mid 14th Century in north walls of chancel and north transept. Nave clerestory added late 15th or early 16th century and roof pitch lowered. Clapton Rolfe was the architect for the late Victorian restoration with addition of carved angel figures in chancel and nave. Chancel restored and given new altar, stalls and stained glass. Elaborately carved font cover and pew ends by Hems. A ring of 6 bells, 3 dated 1709-10; treble added in 1887. Nave altar on semi-circular dais added 2013.

St Helen


St Helen

Berrick Salome

St Helen

A large and unusual church, situated beautifully beside the river. This church contains a magnificent Lady Chapel, built in the mid c13.

St Helen


St Helen’s

Dry Sandford

St Hugh


St Hugh RC


St James


St James


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.

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.

St James


St James

Little Milton
Grade II church built in 1844 by John Hayward of Exeter. The church design is in a C14 style with a single name and chancel under one roof. The oldest feature is the drain of a medieval piscine from the former chapel.

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