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Sandford on Thames : St Andrew

Grade II* listed.
Late C11 origins , restored and enlarged C19.
Building materials consist of limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. Roofs are of plain tile.
Features include 2 two bay nave with north aisle, chancel, west tower, south porch and a vestry to the north of the chancel.
Windows date from C13 and include round headed lancets to the north of the chancel with a Romanesque window at the west end of the south wall. The south wall of the nave features C19 windows with examples of two-light plate tracery.
The south doorway has an early Romanesque round arch with a plain tympanum. The porch is C15 and has some interesting mouldings.
The west tower is two storeys high and is C19.

Sandford St Martin : St Martin

Sandford St Martin
Grade II* listed.
C13 origins, restored C19. Building materials consist of limestone and marlstone rubble with limestone-ashlar dressings. The roofs are of Stonesfield slate and steel metal.
Features include a chancel, aisled three bay nave, south porch and west tower.
Windows date from C13 and feature a range of styles, particularly prominent is the Perpendicular style. Typical details include two and three light window designs with reticulated tracery. The three storey tower includes a three-light window in Decorated style.
The north aisle has a parapet and is probably C13, although includes C14 windows. Gargoyles feature on the parapet string.

The chancel arch is of banded ashlar and the arms of Elizabeth I are painted. The C13 south arcade has circular piers and moulded capitals. Other interesting features include a C14 piscina in the south aisle and the interior of the south porch, which has a ribbed vault and protects a C14 doorway.
There is also a C12 font.

Shellingford : 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.

Shenington : Holy Trinity

A large,light airy church with a high 16th century tower facing the squat little church of Alkerton on the opposite sided of the valley.

Shifford : St Mary

Built in 1863, St Mary’s is a small church in limestone in a Gothic Revival style by Joseph Clarke. It replaced a chapel documented from the early 13th century (c.1230) that was a dependent chapelry of Bampton.

Shilton : Baptist Church

The chapel was built in the early 19th century as a cart shed and became a place of worship in 1830.

Shilton : Holy Rood

The Church is either Saxon or Norman in origin. It was restored in the Victorian era.

Shiplake : SS Peter and Paul

This ancient church dating from 1229, overlooks the Thames valley and is Grade 1 listed. Part of the south aisle and tower are medieval, the rest of the church was rebuilt by G.E. Street 1868/70.

Shippon : St Mary Magdalene

The earliest record of a building on this site is 1284. However it was in ruins by 1733. The present church consecrated in 1855 was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 14th Century Decorated style and consists of a chancel, nave, a porch on the north side and a bell tower with crocketed spire. At the east end of the churchyard there is an altar tomb in memory of Revd W A Strange, first Sanskrit scholar at Oxford University, headmaster of Abingdon School and the first Curate at St Mary’s. Over the southern doorway is the crest of Abingdon Abbey, with which Shippon was long associated.

Shipton on Cherwell : Holy Cross

Shipton had a parish church by the latter part of the 12th century, which seems to have been enlarged in the 13th century and received new windows in the 14th century. It was demolished in 1831 and replaced by a new Georgian Gothic Revival Church of England parish church designed by the artist William Turner who lived at the manor house.Some original materials from the original church were re-used. Crossley and Elrington state that this includes the north porch, which Sherwood and Pevsner had earlier dismissed as “free and flimsy Georgian Gothick”. Holy Cross was restored in 1869 under the direction of the Gothic Revival architect Charles Buckeridge.

The belltower has only two bells.They were cast in the middle of the 16th century and presumably came from the original church.

The original dedication of the 12th-century church was to the Holy Cross. By 1786 the dedication had been changed to Saint Mary, and by 1851 it had been changed to Saint Jerome. By 1892 the church was finally restored to its original dedication of Holy Cross. The parish is now part of the Benefice of Blenheim, which also includes Begbroke, Bladon, Woodstock and Yarnton.

Shipton u Wychwood : St Mary The Virgin

Parish Church. Early C13, extended C14, altered C15, restored 1859 by Diocesan Architect G E Street who virtually rebuilt the chancel. Rubble with freestone dressings, leaded roofs to nave and aisles, stone slate to chancel. 3-bay clere- storied nave with aisles extended as north and south chapels, south porch and west tower; vestry to north-east. Irregular plinths. Parapeted aisles and nave walls, high ptiched chancel roof. Principal feature is the 3-stage west tower with angle buttresses weathered to each stage and thus forming virtually clasping buttresses to upper stage.

Shirburn : All Saints

Grade I listed.
C12 origins. Building materials consist of Magnesian limestone ashlar.
Features include a C12 nave and north aisle, C13 chancel with C14 south aisle and extension to the north aisle. There is also a 2 storey west tower, C15 south chapel and later additions including a C16 clerestory.
Windows date from C13 and include three lancets to the chancel end, with Perpendicular style windows to the north aisle.
Other interesting aspects include a south porch which zigzag moulding and a vestry to the north side.

Triple chamfered round tower arch with waterleaf capitals. The nave arcade features round arches on cylindrical piers.

Shorthampton : All Saints

This small 12th century building consists of a nave and chancel, south porch and bellcote.

Shrivenham : Methodist Church

Shrivenham, St Andrew

Shrivenham : St Andrew

A very unusual church, well worth a visit. The fine 15th-century tower remains but the rest of the church was rebuilt in the 17th century, with the tower coming out of the middle like a tent pole. Inside, the pillars are fatter at the top than the bottom, which looks very odd. There are some good monuments to the Barrington family and a fine ‘perspective’ pulpit and tester from the 17th century.

Shrivenham : St Patrick

From 1940 the building was dedicated to Roman Catholic worship. It is now a place for multi-faith worship

Shutford : St Martin

Grade II* listed.
Late C12/C13 origins. Building materials consist of coursed ironstone rubble with regular coursed ironstone rubble and slate roofs.
Features include a chancel, nave, north chapel, north aisle and a west tower.
Windows date from C13 and include a variety of two and three-light Perpendicular windows with tracery. Lancet windows are also a feature of the chancel.
Other interesting features include a gabled stone porch with a pointed arched doorway. The tower is Perpendicular and is in two stages, with a C12 window on the ground floor.

Sibford Gower : Friends Meeting House

Sibford Gower
A Quaker congregation was established in the village by 1669, when it met in the home of the clockmaker Thomas Gilkes. In 1678 or 1681 a Quaker meeting-house was built on land bought for the purpose by Bray D’Oyley, Thomas Fardon and Thomas Gilkes. By 1682 it had a burial ground. In 1736 a gallery was added inside the meeting-house to accommodate its growing congregation. The 1851 Census recorded that 112 people attended its Sunday meeting. In 1865 the old meeting-house was replaced with the present one southwest of the village, on the road to Hook Norton.

Sibford Gower : Holy Trinity

Sibford Gower
Built in 1840 by H.J. Underwood. Porch added in 1897 by W.E. Mills of Banbury. Squared, coursed ironstone. Slate roof. Stone coped gable. Cruciform plan. Early English style. Lancets and triplets of lancets. Gabled stone porch.
Gabled stone bellcore on west end.

Somerton : St James

The Church of St James in Somerton stands on a knoll to the south of one of the tracks leading down from the tableland to the east to the water meadows along the Cherwell. The church is unusually large and imposing for what has never been a large village. It contains remarkable monuments and has architectural elements from every century between the eleventh and the sixteenth. It is listed as Grade 1.

Sonning Common : Christ the King

Sonning Common
Situated near the centre of the large village of Sonning Common, a modern building with an integrated hall.

Sonning Common : St Michael

Sonning Common
Situated near the village centre, in an area surrounded by mainly beech woodland and countryside, this is a modern brick built church.

Sotwell : St James


Souldern : Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Mainly medieval this attractive small church is in an attractive village setting.

Souldern : Wesleyan Chapel

In 1869 James Cox granted land to the Wesleyan Reformers so that a Chapel could be built with blank Gothic front and Y-traceried side windows. The foundation stone laid on 6 July 1869 and the building completed by local volunteers. In 1895 a Schoolroom was added and in 1897 a new dias was installed.

South Hinksey : St Laurence

South Hinksey
Grade II* listed.
C12 origins. Building materials consist of uncoursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings and a gabled stone slate roof.
Features include an early C13 tower, two-bay chancel, and nave. There is also a C17 porch and a C12 south door with zig-zag carving.
Windows date from C13 and include pointed lancets to the south. There is also a C15 three light window and an unusual C13 three light window to the south wall.

C16 queen post roof with downward arch bracing from central stud to tie beam. The chancel arch is in Norman style. Other features include an ancient triangular niche for a piscine and a C15 octagonal font.

South Leigh : St James the Great

South Leigh
Most of the existing church is late 15th Century, built on a Norman site. There are several fine medieval wall paintings and some very old stained glass. The font dates to the 15th Century.

South Moreton : St John Baptist

South Moreton
Heavily restored mediaeval parish church in attractive location

South Newington : St Peter ad Vincula

South Newington
Village church with exceptional wall paintings, which include paintings done around 1300 to the North Aisle Courtly Style, oil on plaster of St Margaret and the Dragon, St James, the Martyrdom of St Thomas-a -Becket, and the murder of Thomas of Lancaster, (the King’s favourite). Also, in the Nave, late fifteenth century paintings of the Passion Series in primitive arcaic style

South Stoke : St Andrew

South Stoke
St Andrew’s Church, South Stoke, was built in the early 1200s although it is believed there may have been an earlier church. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the district with a large and well-kept churchyard. The Parish of South Stoke cum Woodcote is believed to have been founded in Anglo-Saxon times, possibly by St. Birinus. In 1984 South Stoke became a separate parish in The United Benefice of Goring with South Stoke.

South Weston : St Lawrence

South Weston
Grade I listed.
C12 origin.
Building materials consist of stone rubble with stone dressings. Roofs are of slate with clay tiles on the porch roof.
Features include a C12 chancel, C13 nave with east bays and clerestory. There is also a mid C15 porch and west tower.
Windows range from C13 to C15 and feature various examples of two and three light designs with different styles of tracery.

C12 chancel arch with triple shafts and moulded caps and bases. The aisle roofs contain some older principals with curved wall brackets. A window in the east contains original C12 stained glass. There are further examples of this in the upper lights of two windows to the north of the chancel.

Southmoor : Methodist Church


Sparsholt : Holy Cross

The large church is in a pretty village on the edge of the Vale of White Horse. Of special interest are three rare oak effigies of about 1300 depicting a knight and two ladies. They are in the south transept behind an elegant 14th-century screen.

Spelsbury : All Saints

All Saints Church is a Norman foundation. It was mostly rebuilt in the 18th-century. Parts of the nave date from about 1300. The church is noted for its many memorials, mainly to the Lee Dillons of Ditchley. Lord Rochester, the 17th-century poet of Charles II’s Court, is interred here in the crypt and his and a number of other coffin plates are displayed in the baptistery. There is a ring of 6 bells. Spelsbury lies in rolling countryside in north-west Oxfordshire on the edge of the Cotswolds. There is a good view of the Evenlode valley from the churchyard.

Stadhampton : St John Baptist

Grade II listed.
C15 and C16 origins with C19 modifications.
Building materials consist of limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. The roofs are old plain tile.
Features include a C16 chancel, nave, north aisle, aisled nave and west tower.
Windows range from C16 to C19 and include various examples of two and three light designs with different styles of tracery.
Parapets are all C19 and are gabled.

C15 chancel arch with three bay north arcade and octagonal piers. Plain C19 roofs.
There is also a C12 tub font.

Standlake : 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.

Stanford in the Vale : 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.

Stanton Harcourt : St Michael

Stanton Harcourt
12th Century Norman origins, with 13th phase of building when Chancel replaced, transepts added and the crossing arches rebuilt in Early English gothic. Major 15th Century alterations to Church including final stage of the tower in Perpendicular style. Fine tomb chest and statues of members of the Harcourt family. The chancel built in the mid 13th is striking both for its size in relation to the nave and the amount of light admitted through the Early English lancet windows. The remains of the medieval shrine of St Edburg is situated in the Chancel.

Stanton St John : St John Baptist

Stanton St John
Grade II listed building with richly decorated early C14 chancel, fine pulpit, poppyhead pews and some good medieval glass

Steeple Aston : SS Peter and Paul

Steeple Aston
Grade II* listed.
C13 origin but largely restored in 1873 by Charles Buckeridge. Building materials consist of limestone and coursed marlstone rubble with limestone-ashlar dressings. The roofs are of Welsh slate and sheet metal.
Features include a C17 chancel, north east chapel, nave, north and south aisles, a west tower and north east vestry. The parapet is crenelated.
Windows range from C14 to C19 and cover a range of Decorated and Perpendicular styles. They include various examples of two and three light windows with ‘Y’ tracery.

The chancel arch is C14 and leads to the north chapel, which features a C14 piscina. The four bay arcades are C13.
The aisle roofs are C19 and in Perpendicular style with moulded timbers.
The chancel screen is C15 and contains panelled tracery.
The font is possibly C12.

Steeple Barton : St Mary

Steeple Barton
Grade II* listed.
C14 origins. Building materials consist of coursed limestone rubble with ashlar quoins and dressings. The roofs are stone-coped and gabled with some artificial slate.
Features include a C14 two-bay chancel and nave, south aisle, a C15 west tower and a mid C19 gabled south porch.
Windows are in Decorated style and date from C14. They include a range of two-light and three-light designs. There is a Perpendicular style window to the west side of the church.

The chancel features a Minton tile floor with a C19 chancel arch and also a C19 arch-braced roof. The south aisle roof is similarly designed. There is also a C14 piscina and a C12 fluted tub font.

Steventon : St Michael and All Angels

A charming parish church, the earliest part of which is a column dating from 13th Century. The Decorated style of the window suggests it was substantially rebuilt in the 14th Century, probably when Steventon Priory, which was in effect a business venture supporting the Abbey of Bec in Normandy, had control of the church, the Prior being both Lord of the Manor and Rector of Steventon.

Stoke Lyne : St Peter

Stoke Lyne
Grade II* listed.
Building materials consist of squared coursed limestone and coursed limestone rubble. Roofs are steeply pitched and of stone slate with stone slate gables.
Features include a C12 chancel and nave, C13 north aisle, C14 south tower with a C19 south porch. There is also a north vestry.
Windows date from C12 and include a triplet of lancets located in the chancel. There is a Geometrical window directly above. There are further lancets on the south side of the chancel. Other windows include a four light window on the west side with plate tracery. The tower also features a three light reticulated window.
There is a crenelated parapet.
Interestingly, the south doorway features an arch decorated with zig-zags. Above it is a C12 carved figure of St. Peter.

C19 chancel archs with C19 roofs. Most of the fixtures and fittings are C19 with the exception of the stone font which is C12.

Stoke Row : Independent Chapel

Stoke Row
The Chapel was built in 1815 (since modernised) but there were meetings of dissenters recorded as being held in the C17 in a local farmhouse. The Chapel was built in Flemish bond red brick on flint footings. The roof is slate hipped with overhanging eaves.

Stoke Row : St John the Evangelist

Stoke Row
Located in the centre of the village amongst the south Chiltern hills, this church was built in 1846 by R.C. Hussey of knapped flint with stone pillars instead of the usual flint and brick buildings in other parts of the area. With a Welsh slate roof and a North Tower; early English Lancet style.

Stoke Talmage : St Mary Magdalene

Stoke Talmage
Grade II listed.
C13 origins although rebuilt C18. Building materials consist of limestone rubble with ashlar dressings. The roof is gabled and of tile. It is built in Gothic Revival style
Features include a C19 vestry, south porch and north aisle. There is also a chancel and single-aisled nave with a west tower.
Windows are Perpendicular style and contain lots of examples of ‘Y’ tracery. The west tower contains C13 reset lancet windows.
The south porch is gabled with a double chamfered doorway.

Decorated-style piscine with a mid C19 chancel arch. The foliate capitals are C13.
Most of the fixtures and fittings (including a pulpit, lectern and pews) are C19.

Stonesfield : Methodist Church

The church was built in 1867 by the Wesleyan Methodists at a time when both Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodists were flourishing in the village. It replaced the 1853 chapel nearby, which continued in use as a Sunday school and temperance hall. The church has a lofty and steeply pitched roof of Stonesfield slates and is visible from afar.

Stonesfield : St James Great

St James the Great was built in the early 13th century and contains some fine Early English work. The west tower was heightened in the 15th century and contains a ring of six bells. It is still a prominent landmark. The church is roofed with Stonesfield slates, mined in the village.

Stonor : Chapel of the Blessed Trinity

The original Chapel of the Holy Trinity was built on the site of a prehistoric Stone Circle. Mass has been celebrated in the Chapel since medieval times. Stonor will forever be remembered for its association with the Catholic martyr Edmund Campion who produced his famous pamphlet ‘Ten Reasons’ in secret at the house.

Stratton Audley : St Mary and St Edburga

Stratton Audley
The Church is a Grade 1 listed building without Victorian ‘improvement’. Evidence of Saxon origins with 13th – 15th century development. Features include 13th and 14th century arcades and 14th century traceried windows, a beautiful Jacobean pulpit, medieval font and a crevence table of 1636.

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