St Mary the Virgin

The interior of Charlbury church is something of a surprise.

Charlbury, Oxfordshire

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Church Street

It was much altered in the 19th century but the real transformation was in the early 1990s, when the main altar was moved to the west end. Purists may disapprove, but it seems to work: the church has become a more flexible space, and its architectural features are enhanced, particularly the fine Norman arcade to the north aisle.

The five light windows at the east end of both chancel and aisle are good examples of 14th century Decorated tracery, in contrast to the plainness of the aisle windows, which are Tudor or later.

The tall, slender west tower is Early English, with a Perpendicular upper stage. A sundial of 1776 is preserved on a south facing buttress.

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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