St Katherine's Church, Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire

Chislehampton, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX44 7XF
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Keys are available nearby at the Coach & Horses Inn. Please take great care parking and exiting the car on this very fast road.
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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.

  • Access information
    From the adjacent main road with little parking, along level gravel path to the west door and two steps up.
  • Facilities & Hire

    This building can be hired. Please note that due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. 

  • 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
  • Transport
    Nearest railway station: Oxford (7 miles). Oxfordshire Traveline: 0870 608 2608
  • History & Further Information

    Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.

    Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide

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

  • Community information

    Click on the link below to download a copy of the church plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church.

    Church plans are a living document which combines information on the church’s history and its current use, outlines maintenance and repair needs, combines this with feedback and recommendations from the community, and concludes with an action plan setting out agreed short, medium and long term goals to support the sustainable use and care of the church.

    This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!

    dback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!

    Chiselhampton Church Plan 2023.pdf