St Columba

Oxford's central United Reformed Church, dating to 1915.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Opening times

Times as advertised, including the annual Oxford heritage open days organised by Oxford Civic Trust.


Alfred Street

St Columba's has its origin in a chaplaincy to Presbyterian students founded in 1908. The church building was opened in 1915, and the modern extension was built in the 1960s.

The original architect was TP Figgis, who built other churches for the Presbyterian Church of England and stations on the Northern line of the London Underground.

There is stained glass by Theodora Salusbury. Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson (the 'Sisters of the Sinai' who discovered ancient texts at St Catherine's monastery) were early donors. Memorials to students and others associated with the church who died in the first and second world wars are a striking feature of the main sanctuary.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Morning worship 10.45am Sunday.

  • Annual Burns Supper in January.

  • Oxford Heritage Open Days usually September.

  • United Reformed Church

Contact information

Make a donation

Donate to this church

Other nearby churches

St Mary the Virgin University Church

Oxford, Oxfordshire

There has been a church on this site for a thousand years, standing in the very centre of the ancient walled city of Oxford.

Christ Church Cathedral

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Christ Church College in Oxford is unique in having the only college chapel that is also a cathedral, founded as a convent by St Frideswide in the 8th century, but the oldest parts of the church date from the 12th century, when it was place of pilgrimage.