St Frideswide's Church

Coordinates: 51°45′08″N 1°16′30″W / 51.7521°N 1.2749°W / 51.7521; -1.2749
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St Frideswide's Church
The Parish Church of St Frideswide
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.

Vicars of St Frideswide's[edit]

  • 1872-96 George Lynch Kemp
  • 1896-1905 Augustus Jameson Miller
  • 1905-14 William Alfred Spence
  • 1914-22 George Herbert Tremenheere
  • 1922-33 Charles Overy
  • 1933-76 Arnold Mallinson

Present day[edit]

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


See also[edit]


  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.
  4. ^ Graham, Malcolm. "History of St Frideswide's Church". The Church of England. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. ^ "St Frideswide's". Benefice of Osney. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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