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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.


C19 fixtures and fittings.

Littlemore : Blessed Dominic Barberi

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

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.


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

Littleworth : Holy Ascension

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 : St Mary Virgin

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

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


Mapledurham : St Margaret

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

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.


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.


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

Merton : St Swithun

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
This Grade II* listed church, located within the grounds of Middleton Park is Norman in origin. Over the years it has been extended and altered.

Milcombe : St Laurence

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 Manor is one of the earliest post-Reformation chapels still in use.

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

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

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

The origins of this Grade II* listed church are 12th century. (c.1170); features include a nave, chancel, north aisle, south porch and west tower.

Mollington : All Saints

The earliest parts of the parish church date from the 14th century, but the font is 13th century so there may have been an earlier church building on the site. The building was restored in 1856 under the direction of the Gothic Revival architect William White (1825-1900)

Mongewell : St John the Baptist

This romantic partial ruin is set in attractive grounds on the east bank of the Thames, in the grounds of the former Carmel College. The Ridgeway Path passes close to the church making it a pleasant place to stop during a walk.

Moulsford : St John Baptist

Early 12th Century chapel pulled down and rebuilt in 1847 under the direction of Gilbert Scott with the exception of the West Wall, West Window and structure of the Tower. A major refurbishment of the inside of the church was completed in October, 2013

Nether Worton : St James

Nether Worton
A hidden jewel.

Nettlebed : St Bartholomew

This church is situated in attractive wooded countryside of the Chilterns on high land in the village of Nettlebed on the Henley on Thames to Wallingford road. It replaced an earlier church on the site, and was completed in 1846.

New Hinksey : Chapel

New Hinksey, Oxford
The chapel located in Wytham Street was built in 1938

New Hinksey : South Oxford Baptist Church

New Hinksey

New Hinksey : St John Evangelist

New Hinksey
Built in 1900 and designed by Bucknall the architect with Sir Ninian Comper

New Marston : Marston United Reformed Church

New Marston
The existing church was built in 1939, replacing the Mission Hall of the Cowley Road Congregational Church that had existed since 1885.

New Marston : St Michael and All Angels

New Marston

Newington : 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.

Newnham Murren : St Mary

Newnham Murren
Grade II * listed.

C12 origin.

Building materials consist of flint with stone dressings and a plain tile roof.

Features include a nave and chancel plan with south aisle and a C19 porch to the north.

There is a single lancet to the left of the porch and two further lancets to the chancel, with additional lancets to the rear.


C14 crown post roof.

Newton Purcell : St Michael and All Angels

Newton Purcell
Grade II listed.

C12 origins with C19 restoration.

Building materials consist of stucco with limestone quoins. The roof is C20 tile.

Features include a C12 doorway moved from the north to the south entrance and a combined nave and chancel.
The south doorway also includes C12 zig-zag decoration and a tympanum.

Windows are C19 in lancet style.


C13 piscina with C19 fixtures and fittings.

Noke : St Giles

There was a church at Noke at least by 1191, when a priest was first recorded. The present stone building dates from around 1270; the list of rectors begins in 1272. The building consists of a small nave and chancel, and is essentially in the Early English Gothic style, but like so many small churches bears witness to repairs and alterations through the years.

North Aston : St Mary The Virgin

North Aston
A winding drive with spectacular views across the Cherwell valley leads to this small church, so close to the large house next to it as to seem almost joined. Most of the church is Decorated of the 14th century but it has been much altered, particularly in the 19th-century restoration by Gilbert Scott. Next to the chancel is a fine alabaster tomb with effigies thought to be of John Anne and his wife, who lived in the manor in the late 15th century.

North Hinksey : Our Lady of the Rosary

North Hinksey
Work began on Our Lady of the Rosary in 1953, on a piece of land gifted by a local Catholic. The Parish of North Hinksey was officially established on 1st January 1954, and the church was completed and dedicated later that year

North Hinksey : St Lawrence

North Hinksey
Grade II* listed.

C12 origin.

Building materials consist of uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and gabled stone-slate roofs.
Features include an early C13 tower, chancel and nave.
Windows date from C13-C16 and include a C13 pointed Norman lancet to the South and a restored C14 lancet to the north. C15-C16 windows contain three and four light designs and also examples of lozenge tracery.
A C17 porch is another interesting feature with a chamfered oak frame. The south door is C12 and has zig-zag carving to a roll-moulded arch.


C12 niche for piscina. The chancel arch was restored in C19. Other fixtures and fittings are C19 and C20. There is a C15 octagonal stone font in Decorated style.

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