East Hendred: St Augustine of Canterbury, East Hendred

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St Augustine’s probably dates from the 12th century, with lovely rustic carvings on the arcade pillars, an octagonal font and a Crusader-foot lectern. In the chancel is a 14th century piscina. The nave roof has 15th century beams and king-posts.
In the Perpendicular tower, a rare and wonderful faceless clock dated 1525 has been wound daily for nearly 500 years. It still keeps good time, and strikes quarters and hours. Every three hours a tunewheel (added in the 17th century) plays a hymn on the bells. The tower has a ring of six bells, the oldest of which is pre-Reformation.
The Tudor Eyston Chapel is the old resting place of the recusant Eyston family who trace their ancestry back to St Thomas More and still live in Hendred House. The pulpit is Jacobean, installed to commemorate King Charles 1.
The church has been updated and maintained as a place of worship through the centuries, with considerable changes in 1861, but it remains a haven of peace and inspiration.

Please visit our website www.wantagedownsbenefice.com for information about services and events.

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Rev. Elizabeth Birch
The Rectory
Church Street
East Hendred
OX12 8LA
(01235) 833235

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Holy Communion
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month, there is a sung communion service at St Augustine's. The service is in modern English, with a sermon. Refreshments are served in church afterwards - everyone is welcome.
Every first and third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Benefice Communion
On 2nd and 5th Sundays in the month (except for Palm Sunday and Remembrance Sunday) the whole Benefice meets together at 10:30am for worship at one of the four churches. See our website www.wantagedownsbenefice.com or the church noticeboard for venues.
Every second and fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly
Morning Prayer
On the 4th Sunday in the month, the service at St Augustine's is Morning Prayer at 10:30am, led by a member of the congregation.
Every fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour


Coffee morning
Coffee mornings are held in the south aisle of the church on the last Wednesday of the month (except in August and December), from 10:30 to 12 noon. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits, and a small table for bring-and-buy. Everyone is welcome.
Every last Wednesday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4745
Built: 12th Century
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: WANTAGE (27409)
Benefice: Wantage Downs (27/538CT)
Parish Legal Name: East Hendred (270552 )
CofE Church Info: (627552 27/552)
Short URL: acny.uk/4745/
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The current editor is: Anne Pappenheim

This page was last updated on Thursday 20th July 2017
East Hendred: St Augustine of Canterbury : Church Street, East Hendred, Oxfordshire, OX12 8LA

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