St Mary

The church is a sole survivor of a complex of medieval and Jacobean buildings which constituted first Warkworth Castle and from the 17th century a large Jacobean house.

About this church

In 1805 the non ecclesiastical buildings were pulled down and this church fell into dis repair.

This was first rectified by Henry Jones Underwood (1804-1852), a pupil of Smirke whose practice after 1830 was based in Oxford where he built St Pauls church in Walton Street and a library for the Botanic Gardens, both in the Greek Revival Style. Most of his work though was concerned with Gothic buildings so he was a natural choice for Warkworth.

Almost 30 years later Charles Henry Driver (1832-1900) was commissioned to do further work. Though best remembered for his contribution, alongside Bazelgette, to the construction of the London sewers and the great pumping houses, and railway stations he was also an ecclesiastical restorer. Here he added an upper part to the tower, rebuilt the chancel adding glass, providing a rich reredos, and the almost obligatory encaustic tiles. He also created the south arcade. The newness of this work has mellowed and the church now has a fine atmosphere of a medieval building brought back to life.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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All Saints

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St Mary

If you’re new to Banbury, on holiday or just visiting, new to church, or just curious about life and faith, we’d love to welcome you.

St Peter & St Paul

You can spot this church from miles away although it lies in the Cherwell Valley, its spire, dating from around 1370 is both the most beautiful and tallest in the county at 60 metres high.

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