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St Mary the Virgin

St Mary's church, Witney, is a magnificent building set in beautiful and historic surroundings and rising majestically above the centre of the town.

Witney, Oxfordshire

Opening times

The church is normally open during the day until about 4pm.


Church Green
OX28 4AW

It dates back to the 11th century, when a Norman church was built and incorporated in the present building as the nave in the 13th century.

The present church was dedicated in or around 1243. In the 14th century the north and south transepts were built on, and in the 15th century the clerestory windows and the splendid west window were added.

Architecturally, it is one of the most important churches in West Oxfordshire and its spire is, as Pevsner has said, with that of Oxford cathedral is the most impressive tower of this date in the county. The late 12th century porch is a rare survival from this period.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • 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

  • Repair Grant, £10,000, 2010

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

Contact information

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