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Chipping Warden, St Peter and St Paul

Chipping Warden, St Peter and St Paul

One of the finest medieval churches in the county well set above the village green, off the main road, and adjacent to the mainly seventeenth century manor house. Elements of an earlier church can be discovered but the overwhelming effect is a grand building from the time of Kings Edward III (1327-1377). A reason for its scale and grandeur must have been the successful market that was held here in medieval times which rivalled that of Banbury. The architecture shows considerable sophistication not least in the unusual tracery in the windows. The original stained glass has long been replaced by plain windows which means that this building is full of light. The exception to this is the east window with its stained glass by Christoper Whall (1903). This date is significant as the church underwent an arts and crafts readjustment carried out by G Christopher Carter and Owen Little. They were very careful to preserve earlier features including the raised tier of pews at the west end surmounted by a large painting of the Hanoverian Royal Arms. From this period also dates the impressive Bronze eagle lectern (1902) and the brass altar garniture, cross, candlesticks, and vases, by John Williams (1901).

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Contact & Opening Times

Chipping Warden, St Peter and St Paul, Chipping Warden, Banbury, OX17 1JY|
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Opening Details

The church is normally locked, see below for contact details.


Contact Details

Key obtainable from Elizabeth Thame – 01295 660254 or Barbara Bartlett – 01295 251314.

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