St Katherine's Church, Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire

Address: Chislehampton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7XF
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Open daily. In the event of finding the church locked, the key is available at the Coach & Horses Inn.
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Loved by John Betjeman

This delightful church, outstanding for the completeness and beauty of its Georgian furnishings and arrangement, was rebuilt by Charles Peers in 1762-63, as was Chiselhampton House nearby in 1768.

John Betjeman honoured it in verse in 1952 and made a personal appeal for funds to support it. It is a striking, stuccoed building with curious classical details and a clock turret resembling those on stable blocks of the period.

Inside it is lit through clear glass in round-headed south windows and, apart from an earlier pulpit, the woodwork, including the altar-piece, box pews and gallery, is all contemporary.

Guided tours of St Katherine's can be arranged. Please call Jo Cross on 07900 214199 for details.

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To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

7 miles north of Wallingford and 7 miles south east of Oxford on B480; easiest route: Find Coach and Horses Inn at Chiselhampton (our key holder), and drive 0.2 miles towards Oxford; the church is on the right hand side

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Oxford (7 miles). Oxfordshire Traveline: 0870 608 2608

OS Reference No.

SU 592 992

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconBerkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide (PDF, 4.8mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Stephen Dawson (25 Mar 2011, 17:40)

    This is my favourite church of all time. Wonderful and brilliant new website.

  2. Alan Grove (22 Jun 2012, 16:04)

    One for the short list of favourites with some pleasant countryside and villages close by.

  3. Nikhilesh Haval (16 Feb 2014, 13:06)

    It was the first time I came across box pews! Here is 360 panorama captured inside the church: http://nikreations.co.uk/churchesin360/oxfordshire/data/0010StKatherineChiselhampton/

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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St Katherine's Church, Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.