St Frideswide's Church

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St Frideswide's Church
The Parish Church of St Frideswide
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View of the church from the east
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationChurch of England
Consecrated10 April 1872
Architect(s)Samuel Sanders Teulon
StyleGothic Revival
Years built1870–2
Vicar(s)Revd Clare Sykes

St Frideswide's Church is a Church of England church on the south side of the Botley Road in New Osney, west Oxford, England.[1] The church is in a district originally part of the parish of St Thomas the Martyr.[2]


The church is dedicated to the patroness of Oxford, St Frideswide.[3] It was designed by the 19th-century Gothic Revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon of Westminster, London and built by the local firm of Honour & Castle. The foundation stone was laid in 1870 and the church was consecrated on 10 April 1872 by John Mackarness, the Bishop of Oxford.[4] It was originally intended for the church tower to have a spire.[1]

In the nave is the "Alice Door", carved by Alice Liddell, a daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, made famous through Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.[2]

Immediately to the west is Osney Ditch. The church was the setting of a Morse detective story, Service of all the dead by Colin Dexter.

Present day[edit]

St Frideswide's stands in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Howard, Peter; Webster, Helena (1999). "St Frideswide, Oseney". Oxford: An Architectural Guide. London: Ellipsis London. pp. 94–95. ISBN 1 899858 47 4.
  2. ^ a b Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "St Frideswide, Church of". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. p. 393. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.
  3. ^ "St Frideswide, Oxford". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 25 September 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ Graham, Malcolm. "Church History: Guide to St Frideswide's Church". The Church of England. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ "St Frideswide's". Benefice of Osney. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

Coordinates: 51°45′08″N 1°16′30″W / 51.7521°N 1.2749°W / 51.7521; -1.2749