St Katherine's Church, Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire
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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.
A strangely beautiful church
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
A gentleman's folly in a beautiful Thames-side setting
From the adjacent main road with little parking, along level gravel path to the west door and two steps up.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
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.
All our Oxfordshire churches are in our West region.
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