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Kidlington : St Mary the Virgin

Kidlington
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

Kidlington
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

Kingham
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

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

Kirtlington
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

Langford
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

Launton
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.

Launton : Bethel Congregational Church

Launton

Leafield : St Michael and All Angels

Leafield
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.

Interior:

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
mould.

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

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

Lewknor : St Margaret

Lewknor
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
tablets.

Little Compton : St Denys

Little Compton
Medieval in origin the most distinguishing feature of the existing building is the 14th century rustic saddle-backed south tower of 14th century. This is the only medieval part left following the rebuilding of nave and chancel in 1863-4 by E.G. Bruton (1826-99).

Little Coxwell : St Mary

Little Coxwell
A grade II* Norman Church with C13 bellcote

Little Faringdon : St Margaret

Little Faringdon
Little is known of the earliest history of this Grade II* listed church, although it is likely that a place of worship has existed here from Saxon times. The Church was extended the church in 1205 with the addition of an arcade with carved pillar capitals. An extremely rare medieval silver chalice, dated 1500, was used here and is now on loan to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Unusually this church has a porch built in the 1200s at the same time as the main reconstruction took place. Three Crusader crosses can be found on the left hand, outer door frame. The church has a number of other interesting features dating from the 13th century including a Norman tub font, and a window made from 13th century mediaeval stained glass fragments. The aumbry, in the north east wall of the Chancel, is one of only about six in England to have a ball flower decoration, which was fashionable in the time of Edward 1st.

Little Milton : 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.

Little Rollright : St Philip

Little Rollright
Church. Chancel probably early C13, altered C15; nave C16; tower built (or rebuilt) 1617 for William Blower. Limestone ashlar, coursed squared marlstone with limestone-ashiar dressings, and some render; concrete plain-tile roofs. Chancel, nave, west tower and south porch. Rendered chancel retains shallow C13 buttresses but has fine 3-light C15 windows to south, with 4-centre-arched heads, Perpendicular drop tracery and scrolled hood stops; a further 3-light window to east has lozenge stops and is set within a casement moulding. Ashlar south wall of nave has a wide square-headed 5-light window with arched lights, hollow-chamfered mullions and recessed spandrels; the label mould has lozenge stops. The south doorway and the entrance to the small porch have shallow chamfered Tudor arches. Marlstone tower, with stepped diagonal buttresses and a crenellated parapet with small corner pinnacles, has a west window of 2 arched hollow-chamfered lights below a label and has similar bell-chamber openings; a wall tablet, framed by Ionic columns, has a shield of arms, the date 1617 and the inscription “WILLIAM BLO(?)/ESQVIER LORD OF/THIS MANOR BV/(?) THIS TOWER”.

Interior: both splays of the east window have moulded image brackets on tall pedestals and elaborate crocketed canopies. Early-C13 chancel arch of 2 chamfered orders has impost-capitals returning as strings. Wide chamfered tower arch may be earlier than 1617. Simple roofs are C18/early C19. Above the tower arch are traces of wall paintings. Fittings include late-C17 barleytwist communion rails, a small font on a tall panelled stem (probably C17) and a C19 stone pulpit. 2 large canopied monuments in the chancel commemorate members of the Dixon family. The earlier (probably early C17) is in painted stone with Ionic columns, obelisks, an achievement of arms and strapwork enclosing a vase of flowers and an hour glass on a skull; the full-length recumbent effigy is in armour. The monument to Edward Dixon and his 2 wives (c.1650) is in alabaster and black marble, and has the 3 figures kneeling around a prayer desk in a recess flanked by black Corinthian columns; the front panel is incised with the kneeling figures of 10 children. (Buildings of England: Oxfordshire: p690)

Little Tew : St John Evangelist

Little Tew
In 1845 the Baptists built a small chapel and in 1853 the Church of England completed the chapel of Saint John the Evangelist, designed by the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street in an early-14th-century style. It has a tower with a gabled roof and a chime of eight bells. St. John’s was a chapel of ease of the parish of Great Tew until 1857, when Little Tew was made a separate ecclesiastical parish.

Little Wittenham : St Peter

Little Wittenham
Grade II* listed.

The tower is C14, with the remainder of the church being re-built in C19. Building materials consist of uncoursed squared limestone rubble with stone dressings. The roof is of old plain tile.

Central features include a three-bay nave, chancel, vestry and west tower. There is also a gabled stone porch to the centre of the nave with a two centred arch way. There is a battlemented parapet.

There are plate tracery windows to the nave, and cusped plate tracery windows to the chancel. The tower features a two light window with reticulated tracery.

The church has a striking West tower (Decorated and Perpendicular) with a stair turret. This tops an Early English rebuilt nave and chancel of 1868 by Buckeriedge. Tomb chests and brasses remain in situ.

Interior:

C19 fixtures and fittings.

Littlemore : Blessed Dominic Barberi

Littlemore
A large modern church built a few years after the Second Vatican Council was opened on 3 May 1969 The folded roof and its unusual clerestory of glass pyramids give the building a striking silhouette and make it a local landmark. The dedication commemorates the Italian theologian who received Blessed John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church at the nearby College.

Littlemore : SS Mary and Nicholas

Littlemore
Grade II* listed.

C19 origins. Building materials consist of coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and a steep pitched tiled roof.

Central features include a four bay aisleless nave, chancel, tower and a vestry to the north.

The nave contains lancets, including one with plate tracery. There is another triple lancet east window with dogtooth ornament and shafts. The tower contains two-light windows with plate tracery.

Interior:

Richly carved oak screen of C20 but in C15 style. There is also a C13 stone font.

Littleworth : Holy Ascension

Littleworth
Grade II listed.

C19 origins. Building materials consist of rubble stone with ashlar dressings.

The church is built in Gothic style and includes a three bay nave which is broad and aisleless with a low pitched roof. The chancel is two-bay. Windows are in lancet style and there is also a west facing bellcote. There is also a gabled porch with shafted moulded arch and carved foliage capitals.

Long Hanborough : Christ Church

Long Hanborough
Christ Church was designed by E. H. L. Barker and was built in 1893 on the north side of the main road that runs through Long Hanborough (now known as the A4095). It consists of a chancel and nave with a south porch and west belfry. In the chancel there is a memorial to William Wynne Wilson, rector from 1891 to 1906, who was responsible for building the church.

Long Hanborough : Methodist Church

Long Hanborough
The church was built in 1895 of coursed rubble with ashlar quoins. It is oriented north–south, with the north end facing the main road. Below the north window, which has 14th-century style intersecting tracery, there is a datestone. The name of the architect is unknown. In 1901 a schoolroom, in similar style, was attached to the building at the southeast corner.

In 1970–1 a kitchen, store room, meeting room and toilets were added to the south end of the church in a flat-roofed extension. There are (in 2014) plans afoot to demolish the extension, which is in poor repair and no longer considered suitable for modern needs, and replace it with another, single-story extension, which will be more energy efficient and create a more flexible space.

Long Wittenham : St Mary The Virgin

Long Wittenham
The original church was Norman with later medieval additions. It contains interesting Jacobean furniture including stall and pulpit which came from Exeter College, Oxford.
Longcot Chapel

Longcot : Longcot Chapel

Longcot
Built c.1843, this small chapel is of chequered red and blue brick with decorated clay tiles surrounding the doorway. Joint ecumenical services are held in the chapel which was recently refurbished, and it is also used for a variety of community activities.

Longcot : St Mary Virgin

Longcot
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin has a 13th-century Norman nave and chancel. One lancet window on the north side of the chancel is original but all other the current windows were inserted later. On the north side of the church they include one two-light Decorated Gothic and one four-light Perpendicular Gothic window. The pulpit is Jacobean.

St. Mary’s original west tower collapsed while the bells were being rung. The tower was rebuilt in 1721 or 1722. Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester cast five new bells in 1722, followed by the treble bell in 1729 to complete a ring of six. Four stone urns, mounted on iron spikes at each corner of the tower, were removed in the late 1970s for safety.[citation needed]

Longworth : St Mary

Longworth
St Mary’s is a 13th century church with numerous additions and alterations from the 14th to to the 17th centuries. The chancel screen is said to have been a gift to Longworth church by Archbishop Laud, perhaps when he was chancellor of Oxford University from 1629-1633. Other features of note include some very nicely carved medieval heads decorating the nave arches.

Lower Heyford : St Marys Church

Lower Heyford
Consecrated in 1065 by the Saxon Bishop Wulfin of Dorchester, the current building dates from its rebuilding around 1350, with substantial 14th and 15th century and 19th century alterations, the latter undertaken by H J Underwood and C Buckeridge (1848 and 1867 respectively).

Lyford : St Mary

Lyford

Mapledurham : St Margaret

Mapledurham
This beautiful church located in the heart of the Mapledurham country estate beside the River Thames is part of the pretty red-brick village with Jacobean almshouses and an ancient water mill. The interior includes good monuments and stained glass.

Marcham : All Saints

Marcham
Grade II* listed.

Early C13 origins.

Building materials consist of coursed dressed limestone with ashlar dressings, except the tower which is of uncoursed limestone rubble. The chancel roof is gabled and of stone slate, whilst the nave roof is of Welsh slate.

Central features include a chancel, north chapel, wide nave and west tower. The church was re-modelled C19 in Perpendicular and Early English styles.

Windows contain examples of three light Early English and Perpendicular designs. There are also original lancets in the east wall of the chancel.

The south porch is gabled and shelters a C14 doorway.

The tower is probably C13 and is three storeys high. It features original lancets and a stair turret in the north east corner.

Interior:

Early C13 archway between the chancel and north chapel.

Marsh Baldon : St Peter

Marsh Baldon
Grade II* listed.

C14/C15 origins.

Building materials consist of rendered limestone rubble and limestone ashlar, with a plain-tile roof.

Central features include a nave, chancel, north aisle, vestry, west tower and south porch.

Windows date from C14 and contain examples of three and four light designs in Decorated style, with ogee tracery.

The south porch is timber framed and probably C14, but was repaired during C16. It shelters a doorway with a Romanesque dial set in the tympanum.

The C14 tower has a two light window with reticulated tracery.

Interior:

C15 piscina in the north aisle, with a four bay C19 arcade in the nave. Roofing is C19.

Merton : St Swithun

Merton
The Church of England parish church of Saint Swithun is Decorated Gothic, built early in the 14th century. It has a south aisle, linked with the nave by an arcade of four bays. Late in the 15th century the Perpendicular Gothic clerestory was added to the nave. The chancel windows and one window in the south aisle are also Perpendicular Gothic. The font is much older than the church, dating from late in the 12th century.

St. Swithun’s had a north aisle but it was demolished in the 15th or 16th century. Its arcade of three bays was blocked up and remains in the north wall of the nave.[3] The tower had a spire but it became unsafe and in 1796 it was removed.

St. Swithun’s most notable monuments are wall-mounted ones in the chancel commemorating John Doyley (died 1593) and his wife, Elizabeth Poole (died 1621) and Richard Harrington (died 1712). The Poole monument has strapwork and Tuscan columns but is significantly mutilated and in want of restoration.

A turret clock for St. Swithun’s was made late in the 17th century. Its original dial had only an hour hand. In 1867 this was replaced with a new dial that has both hour and minute hands. Some time after 1989 a new turret clock was installed; the 17th century original is now displayed in the nave.

The Gothic Revival architect Charles Buckeridge restored St. Swithun’s from 1865[5] until 1872. St. Swithun’s had been decorated with mediaeval wall paintings, once brightly coloured but by 1823 described as “dim with age”. During the restoration work it was found impossible to remove the layers of whitewash covering them.

Middleton Stoney : All Saints

Middleton Stoney

Milcombe : St Laurence

Milcombe
The Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence was built in the 13th century, but little survives from this period except the west tower. The font is 15th century. In the 19th century the building was in very poor condition so in 1860 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street rebuilt the chancel and most of the nave. The parish benefice is now combined with those of Bloxham and South Newington.

Milton : Challoner Chapel

Milton, Abingdon

Milton : Methodist

Milton, Abingdon
Milton Methodist Church is a modern building with good facilities, car parking and a large paddock at the rear which makes it an ideal venue for some circuit events; it is now the base for “Hope”, the motorhome for the Circuit’s Community Chaplains.

Milton : Methodist Church

Milton, Abingdon

Milton : St Blaise

Milton, Abingdon
Grade II* listed.

C14 origins.

Building materials consist of coursed stone rubble and coursed stone. The roof is plain-tile and a C19 modification.

Features include a west tower, south porch, nave, north aisle and chancel. Interestingly, the chancel was not added until C19.

There is a C19 plank door to a two centered arched doorway which lies to the left of the nave. The porch is stone vaulted

Windows are C19 and are Perpendicular in style. The west tower contains examples of two-light plate tracery. There is also a battlemented parapet.

Milton u Wychwood : Baptist Church

Milton-u-Wychwood
The first building on this site dates from 1808. A Church was formed in the year 1837 with an initial membership of five. This was called a Baptist Open Communion Church and was under the direction of the Rev Thomas Coles the Baptist Minister at Bourton on the Water. Eight more Members were added later that year. Two years later a decision was made to replace the church building which was in need of repair and had become too small. The new building was completed in 1839.

Milton u Wychwood : St Simon and St Jude

Milton-u-Wychwood
Church of SS Simon and 5.2.76 Jude GV II Church of England church. 1853-4. Architect G E Street, Coursed rubble with ashlar dressings, concrete tile roofs. Late C13 style; 5-bay aisled nave with south porch, 2-bay chancel with south chapel. Large west buttress to central octagonal belfrey capped by spirelet and having mini- mum lucarnes and gables. Plate tracery side windows, foiled spherical triangles to clerestory, geometrical tracery to lancets flanking west buttress and large 5-light east window. South porch has 1300-style mouldings and pointed entrance on heavy responds, vaulted porch with domical vault on ribs, treble chamfer to south door and pyramidal stops; south aisle has cusped head archway from porch; west window of porch is stunted and has oval tracery.

Milton, Banbury : St John Evangelist

Milton, Banbury
Grade II listed.

Built C19 by Franklins and Hopcrafts of Deddington.

Building materials consist of regular coursed ironstone rubble and limestone dressings, with a steeply pitched pain tile roof.

Central features include a chancel, nave, and central tower. The windows are in Decorated/Gothic Revival style and contain examples of three and two light windows with intersecting tracery.

The tower is three storeys high and features a plain tile pyramidal roof.

Minster Lovell : Methodist Church

Minster Lovell
The large, stone-built chapel, in Gothic style dates from 1861. Major repairs were undertaken between 1907 and 1909, when the Witney circuit was being expanded, included new pews for 80 people and installation of a harmonium. The chapel has remained open in the early 21st century with a congregation of around 25.

Minster Lovell : St Kenelm

Minster Lovell
St Kenelm’s Church was built in the 1450s. Highlights include an alabaster tomb to the 7th Baron Lovell who built the church, a nicely carved 15th Century font and original 15th century seating in the nave. A fine reredos behind the altar.

Mixbury : All Saints

Mixbury
Grade II* listed.

C12 origin.

Building materials consist of coursed limestone rubble and squared, coursed limestone. The roofs are steeply pitched lead with stone coped gables.

Features include a nave, chancel, north aisle, south porch and west tower.

Windows date from C13 and include a three-light geometrical window to the chancel and two-light Decorated windows to the north. The north aisle windows are C19 Gothic Revival, and the nave includes three two-light Perpendicular windows.

The C12 south doorway features a zig-zag design on scalloped capitals.

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