Chalgrove St Mary, Chalgrove

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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.

According to the Domesday Book, in
1087 a priest named Brun served the
parish, but the present Church dates
from the 12th century, begun by
monks from Bec, the important
Benedictine abbey in Normandy.
The 13th century saw a few
developments including the
establishment in the Chancel of a
series of wallpaintings � a national
treasure. Educational and devotional
and in earthen colours, they depict a
Jesse Tree, the life of Jesus, the
Last Judgement and the mediaeval
legend of the assumption of the
Virgin Mary.

The Church, moderately large and
handsome, is thought to remain
substantially as it was in 1500
although some records state that
there was a spire on top of the tower
until it came down in a violent storm
in 1727. The tower contains a single
handed turret clock dated in part from
1699. The interior comprises a wide
nave with two aisles separated by
Transitional Norman arcades with
carved capitals, and a Chancel which
is a fine example of Decorated style.

There are a few wall tablets and
other Memorials including 15th
century brasses. A painted Memorial
to the Quartremaine family is a rare
feature, as is the restored Chalgrove
Friendly Society Banner of 1840
displayed centrally.


Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

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Rev Ian Cohen
The Vicarage
58 Brinkinfield Road
OX44 7QX
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Holy Communion
A Said Service using the Book of Common Prayer
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Family/All Age Worship
All Age Worship with music led by the Church Music Group and Choir. A Common Worship Eucharist of this style replaces this in January, April, July and October.
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Parish Eucharist
Using Common Worship, this Sung Eucharist with a Choir seeks to include all ages, with children present and active.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship


Holy Communion
A Service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 35 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Tots Service
A Short Service for the Under 5s and those they bring with them, involving ringing of the Church Bell, processions, Candle Lighting (and blowing out) music, stories, colouring and activity.
at 2pm
Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Wall Paintings

Church Open From Easter to HarvestWednesdays from 11am to 2pmSundays from 2pm to 4pmAt other times a key can be collected - see website
Hall for Hire see for details
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Canon Ian Geoffrey Holland COHEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 60
Built: 1180AD
Architect: Patrick W Crawford RIBA
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Christ Church Oxford
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Chalgrove w Berrick Salome (27/099 L)
Parish Legal Name: Chalgrove (270104 )
CofE Church Info: (627104 27/104)
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The current editor is: Robert Heath-Whyte

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This page was last updated on Saturday 15th July 2017
Chalgrove St Mary : Church Lane, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, OX44 7SD - At the end of Church Lane, off the east end of the High Street

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