St Mary the Virgin, Freeland

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The church of St.Mary-the Virgin, Freeland was formed out of part of the parish of Eynsham. The funds to build the church were almost entirely provided by the Taunton family who engaged one of the most gifted Victorian Gothic Revival architects, John Loughborough Pearson (who built the last "great" English Cathedral at Truro).

The buildings comprised church, parsonage and school, and the church was consecrated on 3 July, 1869 by Bishop Wiberforce. The architecture of the new church, its fittings and its liturgy emphatically proclaimed the high-church or Tractarian churchmanship espoused by the Tauntons. Although a great deal has changed/evolved over the years, much of the original tradition and vision remains.

For further details and/or a copy of the Church Guide (20 pages plus cover - price £1 plus p&p) can be obtained from the Contact below.

We would be delighted to welcome you to any of our services - do please make yourselves known on arrival.

The Rector (Revd. David Tyler) can be contacted on 01993 881270.

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Rev David Tyler
The Rectory
Swan Lane
Long Hanborough
OX29 8BT
(01993) 881270 (Rector of Hanborough and Freeland) or (01993) 883205 (Claire Soanes - Churchwarden)

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Holy Communion
Common Worship Order 2 (said)
Every second and fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
Common Worship
Family Service with Communion
A monthly service suitable for all the family (young, old or in-between) especially parents/carers and children that ends with a shortened communion and is followed by refreshments.
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Common Worship Order 2 - usually with 5 hymns and a partially sung setting (Shaw)
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Incense Common Worship
Benefice Holy Communion
The service alternates between St. Mary's and the parish of Hanborough. For details, please see the Freeland Grapevine magazine or contact the churchwardens.
Every fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship


Babies and Toddlers at St Mary’s
The church of St. Mary-the-Virgin in Freeland welcomes all Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Carers and their pre-schoolers to this group with a Christian theme that meets each Wednesday in term time. We meet on an ad hoc basis during school holidays so do ask us for details. There are toys and activities for children aged 0 4 yrs and we offer you the opportunity to play and chat over coffee and snacks so we can all enjoy the time together. We would love to see you but if you want to know more please contact Alice on 01993 886833 or David on 01993 881270.
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
Bible Fun Club (BFC)
An informal Christian gathering for younger children and their parents/guardians. It meets in the Village Hall during term time. For details please contact the Rector (Revd. David Tyler) on 01993 881270
Every last Wednesday at 3:30 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

Stained Glass Wall Paintings

Alpha Courses are run periodically. Contact the Rector (Rev. David Tyler) for more details.
Audio-Visual Hall for Hire The Taunton Room is available to hire for small meetings etc. Further details can be obtained from the Rector(Revd. David Tyler)on 01993 881270 or the Churchwardens Claire Soanes on 01993 883205 and Steve Mellin on 01993 882044
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd David Stuart TYLER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5863
Built: 1869
Architect: John Loughborough Pearson
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Our Patron: St. John's College, Oxford
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: WOODSTOCK (27411)
Benefice: Hanborough and Freeland (27/232BM)
Parish Legal Name: St. Mary Freeland (270278 )
CofE Church Info: (627278 27/278)
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The current editor is: Roy Thomas

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This page was last updated on Friday 28th October 2016
St Mary the Virgin : Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire, OX29 8AZ


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