St Clement's Church, Oxford

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St Clement's
St Clement's Parish Church
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The present church, completed in 1828, viewed from the east
Location Marston Road, Oxford OX4 1BG
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Evangelical
Architect(s) Daniel Robertson
Style Norman Revival
Years built 1827–1828
Deanery Cowley
Archdeaconry Oxford
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Province Province of Canterbury
Rector Revd Rachel Gibson

St Clement's Church is an evangelical Church of England parish church east of central Oxford, England.


The parish of St Clement's, Oxford was outside the city of Oxford until boundary changes in 1835. It was originally sited where the roads into Oxford from the east meet to cross Magdalen Bridge into the centre of Oxford.[1] In 1004 AD, the manor was granted to St Frideswide's Church (now Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford). In 1122 King Henry I gave the royal chapel of St Clement to the priory.

The original church building was demolished in 1829.[1] Its site became the open space called The Plain, which is now a roundabout. A new church was built on a new site during 1827–28 near the other end of St Clement's, at the southern end of Marston Road.[2] The architect Daniel Robertson designed the new building in a Norman style: a very early example of the revival of this style of 11th and early 12th century architecture. It was built by John Hudson of Oxford and cost £6,032 19s. 5d, supported by a gift of land from Sir Joseph Lock [3] and public subscriptions principally collected by John Henry Newman.[1] The building is above average size for a church but its design did not meet universal approval and was locally nicknamed the 'boiled rabbit'.[4]

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The Plain, site of the original St. Clement's parish church
  1. ^ a b c St Clement's Church, Oxford: Some History, UK.
  2. ^ Old Oxford: East Oxford: The Plain.
  3. ^ Diocese of Oxford Faculty & Consecration Register 1827-1844
  4. ^ Mikhail, EH (ed) (1979). Oscar Wilde: Interviews and Recollections. London: Macmillan Press. p. 7. ISBN 9781349039258.


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Coordinates: 51°45′12″N 1°14′16″W / 51.753233°N 1.237856°W / 51.753233; -1.237856