St Ebbe's Church, Oxford

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St Ebbe's Church
Oxford St Ebbe's 1.jpg
Location Pennyfarthing Place, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1QE
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Conservative Evangelical
Status Active
Dedication St Ebbe
Functional status Parish church
Parish Oxford, St. Ebbe with Holy Trinity and St. Peter-le-Bailey
Deanery Deanery of Oxford
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Oxford
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Rector The Revd Canon Vaughan Roberts
Churchwarden(s) Paul Taylor and Jonathan Anelay

St Ebbe's is a Church of England parish church in central Oxford. The church is within the conservative evangelical tradition and participates in the Anglican Reform movement.[1] It has members from many nations, many of whom are students at Oxford University. The rector is Vaughan Roberts who is also an author and conference speaker.


Norman period west door

The church stands on the site of one dedicated to St Æbbe before 1005. Most sources suggest that this was the Northumbrian St Æbbe of Coldingham,[2] but it has been suggested that Æbbe of Oxford was a different saint. The name was first recorded in about 1005 when the church was granted to Eynsham Abbey.[3]

The present church was built in 1814–16. It was enlarged and improved in 1866 and 1904. A Norman doorway of the 12th century has been restored and placed at the west end.[4] The church is the parish church for the parish of St Ebbes, a portion of which was demolished to make way for the nearby Westgate Shopping Centre in the 1970s. The church has a ministry among the remaining part of the parish, although most of its members live outside the parish. The church is a partner church of St Ebbe’s Primary School, a school within the parish.[5]

In 2010 the PCC of St Ebbe's sold two wooden chests without the necessary permissions. One of these was one a rare 13th-century elm coffer.[6] This action was challenged at a subsequent Consistory Court hearing, and the church took action to resolve the matter.

Present day[edit]

St Ebbe's Church is within the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England, and it has passed resolutions to reject the ordination of women and/or female leadership.[7]




  • 1934-1936: Pat Gilliat
  • 1950-1952: Edward Saunders
  • 1952-1956: Michael Farrer
  • 1955-1958: David Pytches
  • 1957-1960: Peter Dawes
  • 1958-1960: Brian Ringrose
  • 1960-1963: Patrick Harris
  • 1961-1964: James Spence
  • 1963-1966: Anthony Baker
  • 1964-1968: Gilbert Gauntlett
  • 1966-1972: Simon Starkey
  • 1968-1971: John Wesson
  • 1971-1974: Robert Hope
  • 1973-1976: Anthony Burdon
  • 1974-1976: Peter Toon
  • 1976-1980: Robert Key
  • 1980-1983: David Banting
  • 1983-1986: Kevin Scott
  • 1988-1991: Timothy Hastie-Smith
  • 1991-1998: Vaughan Roberts
  • 1995-2001: David Gibb
  • 1999-2003: Anthony Jones
  • 2002-present: Pete Wilkinson
  • 2003-2008: Julian Bidgood
  • 2008-2012: Phil Jack
  • 2009-present: Dave Reid
  • 2010-2014: Suresh Menon
  • 2013-2018: James Fletcher
  • 2013-2017: Alistair Gibbs
  • 2017-present: Joel Knight
  • 2017-present: Matt Pope

Non-stipendiary ministers[edit]

  • 2005-2008: Sam Allberry
  • 2012-2013: Phil Jack
  • 2015-present: James Poole
  • 2016-present: John Miller


  • 1979-1991: Jean Ritchie
  • 1991-1993: Patricia Whelan


  1. ^ "Local churches linked to Reform".
  2. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "St Ebbe's Church". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 387–388. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  3. ^ Victoria County History of Oxfordshire: Medieval Oxford.
  4. ^ Alden's Oxford Guide. Oxford; Alden; 1958; p. 125.
  5. ^ "Collective Worship Policy" (PDF). St. Ebbe’s C.E. (Aided) Primary School. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Christmas 2016 Newsletter" (pdf). Bishop of Maidstone. December 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Nathaniel Bliss - MacTutor History of Mathematics archive".
  9. ^ Stacey, Vivienne. Thomas Valpy French, First Bishop of Lahore (PDF). pp. 72, 121. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ "John Stansfeld: Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Scheme".
  11. ^ Townley, Peter (16 July 2007). "Obituary: The Rt Rev Maurice Wood". the Guardian.
  12. ^ "Stella Gough: a life devoted to helping others". Oxford Mail.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Doing the impossible - Evangelicals Now".

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 51°45′02″N 1°15′35″W / 51.75056°N 1.25972°W / 51.75056; -1.25972