St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford

Church History

Guide to St Frideswide’s Church by Malcolm Graham

Malcolm Graham's guide

 

 

Designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon of Westminster and built by the local firm of Honour & Castle, St Frideswide’s Church was consecrated and opened to public worship on 10 April 1872.

Please click the link below to load a twelve-page pdf guide to the history of the church by Malcolm Graham, retired Head of Oxfordshire Studies:

St Frideswide’s Church, New Osney, Oxford

 



The Hunter Organ at St Frideswide’s Church

Hunter organ guide

 

 

The Hunter Organ is a treasure at St Frideswide’s Church, and we frequently hold concerts (please see the news section on the right of each page for further details)

 

Please click the link below to load an eight-page pdf guide to the history and the restoration of the Hunter Organ:

The Hunter Organ at St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford


First World War Memorial at St Frideswide

St Frideswide with Binsey remembers
Article by the Churchwarden, Anne James, with link to biographies of the war dead of St Frideswide's Church


Profile of the Osney Benefice, Oxford

Twenty one-page pdf (October 2011).

News

NEXT SERVICES AT ST FRIDESWIDE

We hope you will be able to join us

EACH SUNDAY
10.30am Sung Eucharist

FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
10.30am Family friendly Eucharist

SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist

SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist

SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER 2014
10.30am Family Friendly Eucharist

SUNDAY 12 OCTOBER 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist


GRAND DAY OUT

Friday 20 September 2014

Day of diocesan-wide celebration in Oxford.
See PDF leaflet

The day starts with Bishop John coming to St Margaret's Church, Binsey for Morning Prayer as part of his launch of the Thames Pilgrim Way


FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION

Book cover

Binsey: Oxford’s holy place – Its saint, village and people edited by Lydia Carr, Russell Dewhurst and Martin Henig is expected to be published by Archaeopress in time for the Binsey fete on 13 September 2014

There are ten contributions dealing with the  archaeology, history, topography, people  and literary connections of Binsey and its church of St Margaret’s. The book is fully illustrated.


CONCERTS 2014

All at St Frideswide's Church on Thursdays at 7.30pm. £5 at the door includes a glass of wine and nibbles

25 September: "Trauer und Trost" (Sadness and Comfort) Organ Recital by Dorien Schouten

23 October: Organ Recital by Greg Wheele


FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY

St Frideswide and the First World War:
article by Anne James, Churchwarden

Oxford Mail, 5 August 2014: article on the St Frideswide war dead: "Bringing home the truth of how many men were killed"

Biographies of the St Frideswide men who died in the First World War


The Revd Professor MARTIN HENIG was licensed as Associate Priest in the Osney benefice on 27 May 2014 by the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd John Pritchard: Photographs


THE CHURCH'S HISTORY

The church is a Grade 2* listed building. It was completed in early 1872 and consecrated by the Bishop of Oxford on 10 April 1972. The history of the church, written by Malcolm Graham can be found here.


THE ORGAN

Andrew Ivett's history and description of the organ can be found here. At 7.30pm on the last Thursday of each April, May, June, July, September and October there is an organ recital, each recital being given by a different distinguished organist. Organ scholars who would like to practice on or play the organ should contact us.


ST FRIDESWIDE WITH BINSEY

St Frideswide with our sister church St Margaret of Antioch at Binsey are part of the Benefice of Osney along with our neighbouring parish of SS Peter and Paul Botley and St Lawrence, New Hinksey.

St Frideswide, in partnership with our sister churches in the Benefice is launching a major fund-raising appeal. Our heating system is not fit for purpose; the church is very damp as a result, which is affecting our magnificent Hunter organ, which reacts badly to damp and high humidity. All this combines to make it difficult to use the church to its full potential, particularly in the winter months.

This combined with the need to replace the asbestos/concrete guttering on the north side of the church and with our desire to make the church look more welcoming by opening up the porch means that we are looking to raise £75,000 plus. Before proceeding with any work we canvassed our local communities, asking them about what St Frideswide meant to them and how they would like to use the church for both sacred or for secular activities. The response was a very positive ‘yes’ to making more use of the church and on the basis of this we have decided to go ahead with the fund-raising.

The Benefice’s churchwardens have met with the Rector, to discuss how best to proceed and how we can best tie together the essential work that is needed at St Lawrence and that at St Frideswide into a Benefice-wide effort that will work to the benefit of all local people, our congregations and other interested parties. And as churchwardens we would warmly welcome your help with this and your advice!

Anne James, Churchwarden


OPEN LETTER FROM THE REVD CLARE SYKES, JUDITH BROWN, MARTIN HENIG, AND PHILIP BUDD

The vote on women bishops


FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION

Binsey: Oxford’s holy place – Its saint, village and people edited by Lydia Carr, Russell Dewhurst and Martin Henig.

There are ten contributions dealing with the  archaeology, history, topography, people  and literary connections of Binsey and its church of St Margaret’s. The book will be fully illustrated.

Due to be published by Archaeopress near the beginning of 2014


RESTORED LECTERN
AT ST FRIDESWIDE'S

The congregation of St Frideswide's Church would like to offer a big thank you to John Bye who has done an excellent job of restoring the large wooden lectern. It was sent to him in a bad way, and badly in need of repair; it returned with the loose parts fixed, and with some fine paint work to restore it to its full glory.

A picture of it in use can be found here.

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