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You are very welcome to this site. It describes the wonderful church of St Mary's Chalgrove, and the community that uses it to worship God.

Chalgrove lies 10 miles south-east of Oxford, between Stadhampton and Watlington. We are a lively community of about 3000 people, with a primary school, two churches, six shops and three pubs. We are noted for Chalgrove Brook running the length of the High Street, with its large number of ducks, and for the site of the civil war Battle of Chalgrove Field in 1643, aswell as for a medieval Manor house and a number of beautiful thatched cottages.

Set in a churchyard in which a number of old gravestones face south instead of eastwards as customary, St.Mary's Chalgrove reflects a long village life both interesting and different. Even today it enjoys a happy relationship with a flourishing church Pub in the village, 'The Red Lion Inn', which is vested in the Trustees of the Church Estate.

St Mary's Church is a fine Grade 1 listed building dating from the 12th century. It has a famous and almost complete set of medieval wall paintings covering the chancel walls.

There are toilets and utility services in the ground floor of the tower. One of the two toilets is suitable for use by disabled people and wheelchair users, and there are also facilities for changing nappies.

The Church of England Benefice of Chalgrove with Berrick Salome is in the Aston & Cuddesdon Deanery of the Diocese of Oxford.The other church in the Benefice is St.Helen's Church at Berrick Salome. Our Patron is Christ Church Oxford.

Conservation and Refurbishment Project

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We have now been granted a phase 2 Development grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.The project work will commence on 1st June when THE CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2016. For more information about this and our Conservation and Refurbishment Project click here or on the button at the left of this page.

You are very welcome to visit St.Mary's Church. Our postcode is OX44 7SD. From April to September inclusive the church is open from 11am to 2pm on Wednesdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays. At all other times the church is kept locked, except of course when there are services, but the key can be borrowed from Londis Stores or Premier News in the village centre aswell as from a number of people who are listed on a notice outside the north door.

There is a selection of guide books and postcards at the back of the church, together with a Children's Church Quiz.

If you have a group of people who wish to see the medieval wall paintings then please see the page "The famous wall paintings" for arrangements.

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Bob Heath-Whyte's new book of sermons is now available on line by following this link. There are also copies available to purchase in church.

This site last updated on 19 May 2015
 Visitors since 3rd November 2005 
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