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Warkworth, St Mary

Medieval church in Warkworth

The church is a sole survivor of a complex of medieval and Jacobean buildings which constituted first Warkworth Castle and from the 17th century a large Jacobean house. In 1805 the non ecclesiastical buildings were pulled down and this church fell into dis repair. This was first rectified by Henry Jones Underwood (1804 – 1852) a pupil of Smirke whose practice after 1830 was based in Oxford where he built St Pauls’s church in Walton St and a library for the Botanic Gardens, both in the Greek Revival Style. Most of his work though was concerned with Gothic buildings which were to include The Turl / Broad St buildings for Exeter College, Newman’s church of St Mary and St Nicholas at Littlemore and churches in the Oxfordshire diocese – locally Broughton, Bodicote and Banbury. He was a natural choice therefore ...

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Contact & Opening Times

St Mary : The Courtyard
OX17 2AG

Opening Times


The church is open between April and October on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm. The church can be opened at other times by request or prior arrangement, see below for contact details.


Contact Details


Any problems, please contact Derek Jones, Sycamores, Overthorpe, OX17 2AE – Tel: 01295 710515 – Email: [email protected]


Warkworth Church is difficult to find and then difficult to get to but if you follow these directions you should be alright. The best way to reach it is by turning off the large roundabout outside Middleton Cheney where the A422 (Brackley to Banbury Road) meets the B4525 and the dual carriageway leading down the hillside to theM40 and Banbury. At this roundabout Warkworth is signposted. Go down that lane and at the bottom you will come to a T junction. Turn right and start looking for a signpost to the church on your right. You will leave the village and be in open country above the M40. The church is in a field on your right. When you come to the sign turn right and you will find yourself driving up a grassy track - there are no passing spaces. At the top turn left through a gate, which you will have to open and shut, and park in the field. The church is here and is well worth all the effort.

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