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St Mary

900 years of worship in the heart of Oxfordshire.

Cogges, Oxfordshire

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
Please call in at the church office at the front of the site for access into the church.


Church Lane
OX28 3LA

The Grade I listed church of St Mary Cogges originated as a two cell late Saxon structure probably linked to the Priory (currently the vicarage).

The church has arguably early Norman fabric in the west end of what is now the chancel, with the main body of the chancel and nave dating to the late 12th and early 13th century. Extensive remodelling was undertaken in 1330-40 with the addition of a north aisle and a chapel, now called the Blake Chapel.The south aisle and porch were added in the later 13th century.

The unusual northwest tower was probably added at the same time as the north aisle. The north chapel has a fine and unusual frieze of grotesques, animals and corbels of men and animals playing musical instruments.

There are notable monuments in the Blake Chapel: a tomb chest with a very fine early 14th century effigy of Margaret de Grey, and also the fine Blake memorial to William (d1695), Sara (d1701) and Francis (d1681). Stained glass includes the east window of the north chapel with early 14th century glass with foliate decoration in tracery lights. The Blake family owned nearby Cogges Farm, now a heritage trust.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Café within 500m

  • Car park at church

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • All our regular and special events can be found on our website.

  • Church of England

  • Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant, £5,000, 2021

  • Repairs to the nave and north and south aisle roofs.

  • Heritage Stimulus Fund Grant, £119,680, 2021

  • Roof repair work

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