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Hempton : St John the Evangelist

Hempton Church was built on land purchased in 1850 to the cost and design of Rev Willian Wilson of Over Worton. Over Worton also presented the Norman font which stands at the back of the Church. Part of the Church was used for the village school, this is now the Church Hall and is used for social events. The roof over the altar on the inside has a nice decorative material.

Henley on Thames : Christ Church (URC)

This imposing and attractive brick and stone church with its distinctive tower was built in 1907 on the site of an earlier meeting house.

Henley on Thames : Friends Meeting House

The history of the Quakers in Henley can be traced back to the C17 and the present building was built in 1894 to designs of Smith & Son of Reading, in red brick with terracotta dressings, replacing an earlier meeting-house. The building adjoins the sole surviving timber-framed cottage acquired by the group in 1672.

Henley on Thames : Holy Trinity

The church was constructed in 1848 by Benjamin Ferry, and consists of flint with stone detailing. In 1891 a vestry, baptistry and aisles were added and the churchyard area was expanded. Externally there has been little alteration since the C19.

Henley on Thames : Sacred Heart

The church was constructed in 1936 by A.S.G. Butler; Arts & Craft Gothic in red brick, incorporating work from the destroyed chapel at Danesfield, Bucks., by Pugin c.1850.

Henley on Thames : St Mary

The church with its attractive C16 tower, in stone and knapped flint, dominates the skyline of the town and is located beside the River Thames. The church has C13 origins and was enlarged and remodelled in the C15, C18 and C19.

Hethe : Holy Trinity RC

The present church was built in 1832 in the Gothic Style using squared coursed limestone, with a slated roof.

Hethe : St Edmund and 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.

Heythrop : St Nicholas

St Nicholas was totally rebuilt in the 1870’s, using local stone, by Albert Brassey, who owned Heythrop Park. It is typical of the Victorian gothic style and is in good condition. This church replaced a Norman church, the chancel of which still exists, to the south east in a hidden walled Churchyard, which is opened once a year for a summer ‘Songs of Praise’ service. The old church has a striking west doorway from around 1170.

Heythrop : St Nicholas Ancient

The Norman church of Saint Nicholas was demolished and only the Chancel has been preserved as a Mortuary Chapel.

Hinton Waldrist : St Margaret

Hinton Waldrist
The Church of England parish church of St Margaret is 13th century, but has been extensively remodelled since. It is a Grade II* listed building.

Holton : St Bartholomew


Holwell : St Mary

Holwell Church was consecrated in 1895 and is in good order.

Hook Norton : Baptist

Hook Norton
The Baptist Church in Hook Norton is one of the oldest in existence, tracing its roots back to the 1640s. Not surprisingly it has an interesting history: the first pastor James Wilmot was imprisoned for six months in 1664 for preaching! In the era before cars, horses and traps would converge on the church from surrounding farms and villages, some people would travel for over an hour on foot for Sunday Worship.

Hook Norton : St Peter

Hook Norton
St. Peter’s church was first registered in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 922 AD. The present building is of Norman origin but also has Early English, Decorated Gothic and Perpendicular Gothic features.

Horley : 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.

Hornton : Methodist Chapel

Non-conformist groups in Hornton included Baptists in the 17th century and Quakers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Hornton had a Primitive Methodist congregation by 1836, which had built its own chapel by 1842. Hornton’s present Methodist church was built in 1884.

Hornton : St John The Baptist

Norman north arcade, but the rest a century later.Small perpendicular tower.

The wall paintings , Doom, and Norman Font are the main items to look at.

Horspath : Horspath Methodist


Horspath : 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.

Horton cum Studley : St Barnabas

The Church of England parish church of Saint Barnabas was built in 1867, apparently on or close to the site of the former village chapel. This made the Priory chapel unnecessary, so when the Croke family sold Studley to John Henderson in 1877 the chapel was converted into a kitchen and offices.

The present St. Barnabas’ parish church was designed by the Gothic Revival architect William Butterfield and built in 1867. It is built of yellow brick relieved by red and blue brick detailing. It has a nave, chancel, north aisle. St. Barnabas’ has no tower but there is a west bell-turret with two bells. The stained glass windows are by Alexander Gibbs.

Early in the 19th century there were a number of Protestant Nonconformists in Horton and Studley, and some of their homes were licenced for them to worship in. The Methodist chapel was built in 1878.

Idbury : St Nicholas

The church was built in the twelfth century, and every generation since has made their contribution to its upkeep and development. It is built of durable yellowish oolite and roofed with old grey stone slates, with the exception of the flat roof of the nave, once leaded but now covered with Welsh slates. The windows retain their old leaded glazing and iron stanchion bars.

Iffley : St Mary Virgin

One of the finest Norman churches in the country, St Mary’s was built about 1170 and has undergone few alterations. The simple plan consists of nave, tower and chancel. There is much fine beak-head and zigzag carving, both within and without. Note particularly the decoration on the west and south doorways.

Iffley Road : St Edmund and St Frideswide Greyfriars

Iffley Road
Greyfriars is a Roman Catholic Friary and parish located in East Oxford, governed by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, a Franciscan Order. The Church was established in 1911 as a chapel of ease to the Jesuit church of St Aloysius. In 1928, the Jesuits handed it over to the Capuchins, who then built the Friary, completed in 1930.

Ipsden : St Mary Virgin

An interesting small C12 church close to the Chiltern hills, formerly a chapel of North Stoke, and under the patronage of the Abbey of Bec in Normandy, which may account for the elaborate details in the chancel.

Islip : St Nicholas

Grade I listed.

Late C12 origins. Building materials consist of Limestone
ashlar and rubble with ashlar dressings. The roofs are of Stonesfield-slate and artificial

Central features include an aisled nave, chancel, north-east vestry, south porch and west
tower.The chancel, of squared coursed rubble, now has C19 windows in Geometrical
Decorated style: a 3-light east window and 2-light windows to north and south,
all with foliage stops to the hood moulds. The hipped-roofed vestry to north
incorporates a small lancet which may be medieval. The narrow south aisle with a
steep double-pitched roof, has a 2-light Decorated east window and 2 similar
windows to south. The porch, with arcaded side windows, is C19 but shelters the
C14 south doorway which has continuous mouldings. The west gable wall of the
aisle contains a small C11/C12 window. The broader north aisle, also with a
steep double-pitched roof, has 4 large 3-light windows with good geometrical
tracery, mostly renewed; the blocked north doorway has continuous wave mouldings
either side of a three-quarter hollow moulding.

The fine ashlar 3-stage C15 tower, with diagonal buttresses and crenellated parapet has a 3-light 4-centre
arched west window, with intersecting tracery and a wide casement moulding,
above a Tudor-arched door with quatrefoils in the spandrels and a label mould;
the top stage has large 2-light bell-chamber openings with Perpendicular tracery
and transoms; the crocketted corner pinnacles have panelled sides.

Kelmscott : 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.

Kencot : St George


Kennington : Kennington Methodist Church

Built in 1967, it is the newest of the three churches in the village

Kennington : St Swithun

The building stood on the site of the present church hall and the diarist, Thomas Hearne, described it in 1724 as a ‘very small, mean building’ which ‘cannot, by the make of the building, be very ancient’. Whatever its age its condition must, by then, have been deteriorating, through lack of maintenance. By the middle of the 18th century it was probably nearing its end and in 1783 the Rector of Sunningwell reported to the Bishop that no trace of it remained. In 1828 a new church was built on the old site by Henry Bowyer, rector of Sunningwell and brother of the Lord of the Manor, Sir George Bowyer. The curate of Sunningwell was placed in charge and its arrangement remained in being until 1866 when Kennington became an ecclesiastical parish in its own right.

The 1828 building with seats for 80 people was large enough to cater for a purely farming community but as Kennington began to grow in size after the first war, the need for a larger church became obvious, but it was not until after the second world war that it became possible to start building it. Land next to the existing church had been donated for the purpose in 1936 and 20 years later the foundation stone of the present church was laid

The official opening and blessing of the church took place on June 17, 1934. The building was designed by Harrison and Company (Birmingham) and Grove Brothers of MiIton-under-Wychwood constructed the design using stone from Chadlington near Woodstock.

Kiddington : St Nicholas

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas was Norman, and the original chancel arch survives from this time. The rest of the church was rebuilt about 1400 in the Decorated Gothic style. The chancel was extended westwards so that, unusually amongst parish churches, it has one chancel arch in front of another. The rest of the 14th century rebuilding comprises the nave, a south chapel, south porch and west tower. Later in the Middle Ages a Perpendicular Gothic east window was inserted in the chancel. In 1845 the chancel was rebuilt in its present apsidal form on the original Norman foundations to designs by George Gilbert Scott. In 1848 the Perpendicular Gothic east window was removed and re-used to form sedilia. In 1879 a vestry and organ chamber were added.

The tower has three bells. James Keene of Woodstock cast the tenor bell in 1629. Mears & Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the treble bell in 1875. The date and founder of the middle bell are unknown. There is also a smaller bell, now disused, that may have been cast by John Mitchell of Wokingham[16] in about 1493.

Kidlington : Baptist Church

The Baptist church dates from 1978 incorporating a sixties church at the rear as the hall. It is a striking design with monopitch roof and large clerestory windows.

Kidlington : Methodist Church

The church (1936) is built in dark red brick with gabled front and arrow-slit windows.

Kidlington : St John


Kidlington : St John the Baptist

St John’s is a Hall Church, built in 1957-58, the completed church was dedicated on 24th October 1959.

Kidlington : St Mary the Virgin

There has been a church here for about 900 years. The present building dates from 1220 when a new church was built in the Early English style on the foundations of an earlier church. The church is cruciform, and if you look towards the high altar you will see that the chancel is inclined to the south. It is just sixteen inches off centre but looks more. This is quite common in cruciform churches and represents the leaning head of Christ on the cross.

Kidlington : St Thomas More

The church with a characteristic copper spire was built in the late sixties in brick with shallow nave and larger sanctuary.

Kidmore End : St John Baptist

Kidmore End
An attractive church of 1852 in the C13 style by Arthur Billing.

Kingham : St Andrew

There has been a church on the site for at least 900 years. The font is 13th century; the tower is 15th century. The nave roof, dated 1774, has carved and gilded wooden bosses. The rest of the church was re-modeled in 1851-3 in Decorated style.

Outside in the north wall of the chancel there is a 14th century canopied tomb recess enclosing a slab with a foliated cross. Possibly the tomb of Ralph de Chasteleyn said to be the founder of the church. He died in 1336 as a result of wounds received in a dispute between his family of Kingham and the de Nowers family of Churchill.

The furnishings, apart from the font, are of the 1850s. The church’s most remarked on feature is in its pews. “These have unusual traceried bench-ends of locally carved pale composition stone with spikey poppy heads.” Pevsner. The altar table has painted panels of saints with angels carrying the instruments of Christ’s passion above.

Kingham Hill : School Chapel

Kingham Hill
Kingham Hill was purpose built by the Christian philanthropist Charles Edward Baring Young in 1886. The Gothic style chapel building dates from this time.

Kingston Bagpuize : St John the Baptist

Kingston Bagpuize
The church (grade II listed) was built in 1799-1800 by John Fidel of Faringdon and later remodelled in 1882 by Edwin Dolby
of Abingdon.

Kingston Lisle : St John the Baptist

Kingston Lisle
This small rectangular Grade II listed church was built c.1200 and contains many splendid features added over the centuries.

Kirtlington : St Mary The Virgin

The oldest visible parts of the present Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin include the early 12th-century Norman arches supporting the central bell tower, and a tympanum of the same date that is now over the vestry door. Beneath the floor of the chancel are the foundations of a former apse that also was built early in the 12th century. About 1250 the nave was rebuilt and north and south aisles were added, each linked with the nave by arcades of three bays. The transeptal chapel of Our Lady on the south side of the tower may be of the same date, and the apse was replaced with a rectangular chancel late in the 13th century.

The west window of the nave dates from the 14th century, as do two windows flanking a blocked 13th-century doorway in the north aisle. The east window of the chancel, west doorway of the nave and south doorway of the south aisle are also 14th century. In the 15th century a clerestory was added to the nave and a porch was added to the south door.The Lady Chapel was also rebuilt in the 15th century, and other late mediaeval additions include the Perpendicular Gothic windows of the south aisle and another Perpendicular Gothic window in the north aisle.

Langford : St Matthew

An impressive church in a remote village, with a central Saxon tower of about 1040 supported by massive piers, a Norman nave and a 13th century chancel. Two notable limestone sculptures, one of Christ with arms outstretched and one of the Crucifixion, are either late Saxon or early Norman.

Launton : Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Church of England parish church of the Assumption of the Blesséd Virgin Mary was built in the 12th century and enlarged in the 13th century. The bell tower has a ring of six bells, all cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon in 1907.The church has also a Sanctus bell dating from 1352 Th.e ecclesiastical parish is now part of the Benefice of Bicester, Bucknell, Caversfield and Launton.

Leafield : St Michael and All Angels

A beautiful Victorian church by George Gilbert Scott.

Letcombe Bassett : St Michael and All Angels

Letcombe Bassett
Grade II* listed.

C12 origins although re-modelled in C19. Building materials consist of chalk and sarsen coursed rubble, which is rendered, with limestone quoins and dressings. The roof is of tile.

Central features include a C12 chancel, remodelled nave, south aisle and C19 vestry. There is a late C13 west tower. The north wall of the chancel contains a C12 round headed lancet and a C12 doorway. The south wall also contains a C12 lancet window. The gabled porch is C19 and the west tower features late C17/early C18 English bond walling.


Chancel walls, piscina, altar rail and floor tiles are all C19. The chancel arch is C12 and the limestone font is C19.

Letcombe Regis : St Andrew

Letcombe Regis
C12 lower stages of tower; C15 nave, chancel and upper stage of tower.
C19 restoration. Stone uncoursed rubble to lower stages of tower; coursed
squared stone; old plain-tile roof; roof of tower not visible. 4-bay nave, 3-bay
chancel and west tower. C19 porch to centre of nave with part-glazed outer doors
and plank inner door with C19 two-centre arched stone doorway. C19 two-light
geometrical tracery windows to left and right of nave. Plank door to 2-centre
arched doorway with hood mould to centre of chancel. Probably C15 three-light
stone mullion windows with pointed lights and hood moulds to left and right of
chancel. North side: render, probably on uncoursed stone rubble. 4-centre arched
doorway with studded plank door to centre of nave, 2-light rectilinear tracery
windows to left and right of nave. 2-light stone mullion windows with
arch-topped lights to upper level of nave. 2-centre arched doorway with plank
door to C19 vestry. Probably C15 three-light stone mullion window with
arch-topped lights and hood-mould to left of chancel. C19 stone mullion window
to right of vestry. East end: 3-light rectilinear tracery window with hood

Tower: 2-light plate tracery window to each face of middle stage. Upper
stage has 2-light stone mullion louvred opening with hood mould to each face.
Battlemented parapet with gargoyles. Interior: 3-bay arch-braced collar truss
roof to chancel. 4-bay arch-braced collar truss roof to nave. C19 two-centred
chancel arch. 2-centred tower arch. Round Romanesque stone font with scalloped
band to top.

Lew : Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity was designed in a 13th-century style by the architect William Wilkinson and built in 1841.[8]

Lewknor : St Margaret

Grade I listed.

Late C12; early C14 chancel, south aisle and porch (probably built for
Sir John de Lewknor); C15 vestry and tower; chancel restored 1845 by James
Johnson, and nave in 1863 by Arthur Blomfield. Flint rubble with limestone
ashlar dressings; gabled mid C19 tile roof. Chancel with vestry, nave with north
chapel and south aisle with porch; west tower. Early C14 five-light east window;
mid C19 light above; flanked by offset buttresses. Similar buttresses and
2-light windows in 3-bay side walls. C15 vestry with square-headed one-light
windows and parapet adjoins north chapel, which has blocked late C12
pointed-arched openings, blocked C17 round-headed doorway and blocked C15
two-light window: mid C19 three-light windows in side walls and mid C19 parapet.

North wall of 3-bay nave has 2-light plate tracery windows by Blomfield, late
C12 lancet to west bay and mid C19 corbel table. South wall of nave has similar
late C12 lancet and C12 corbel table in west bay. Early C14 south aisle has
2-light windows and 3-light east window. South porch has mid C19 carving of the
Lamb of God over pointed double-chamfered doorway: early C14 pointed moulded
south doorway to C19 plank door. Two-stage west tower has offset corner
buttresses, one- and 2-light windows, north-east stair turret and embattled
parapet; 3-light west window with restored mullions above C15 doorway with
face-masks to label stops and C19 double-leaf door with C12 crescent hinges.
Interior: chancel has early C14 piscina, 3 sedilia, tomb recess with recumbent
effigy of a lady, and doorway, all with very elaborate flowing-tracery and
crocketed canopies and finials; early C17 alabaster effigies of William Deane,
d.1621 and wife, and Sir Thomas Fleetwood, d.1629 and wife, were reset at west
end of chancel in 1845; fine wall monument of John Scrope, d.1752, has marble
bust set in aedicule with open pediment; brass to John Aldebourne, priest,
c.1380. 3-bay arch-braced roof of 1845. Early C12 chancel arch has zig-zag
mouldings and engaged shafts with crocketed capitals; impost moulding continued
as string course along north and part of south walls of nave, and an early C12
arch to north transpet. Nave has pulpit by Blomfield, mid C19 pews and roof and
medieval iron-bound parish chest: early C14 three-bay arcade of double-chamfered
arches on octagonal piers to south aisle, which has cinquefoil-headed piscina,
moulded string course, fine C12 font with linked roundel decoration and C18 wall

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