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Names
Church of St Philip and St James Church of St Philip and St James Church St. Philip and St. James Church St. Philip and St. James Church, Oxford
Address
Woodstock Road Oxford
Location
Oxford  locality
Oxfordshire  county
England  country
United Kingdom  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
1860-62
Coordinates
51.764386° N, 1.263905° W
OS Grid Reference
SP 50890 07557
Phone
0865 56071

Listed Building Description

In the following item: WOODSTOCK ROAD 1. (East Side) 1485 Church of St Philip and St James SP50 NW 24/97 29.1.68

A.

The grade should be amended from A to read: I

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WOODSTOCK ROAD 1. 1485 (East Side) Church of St Philip and St James SP 50 NW 24/97 29.1.68. A 2. 1862. By G E Street. One of the best known of Victorian churches. Considered one of Street's principal works. Coursed rubble with bands of brick. Broach spire with clock, the spire built 1864-6. 4 bay nave with aisles on either side and apsed East end. Granite nave piers with heavily carved capitals.

Listing NGR: SP5089307562

Source: The National Heritage List for England. Reprinted under license.

Description of the Church of St Philip and St James Church

The 19th-century Church of St Philip and St James is Gothic Revival in style and has the traditional cruciform shape. The tower has two open lancet lights on each side, to which four clocks were added to the tower in 1896. Although the tower projects strength, it cannot support a set of bells.

The interior consists of a broad nave four bays long, flanked by two small aisles. The columns are made of Aberdeen granite and are topped with capitals carved with foliage and small figures. The floor is laid with tiles that continue up the walls of the apse.

The south transept houses the Mary Chapel, which is separated from the chancel by a carved oak screen. The altar and fittings were provided by members of the congregation named Mary. On the north side of the nave is the little Advent Chapel (1905), which is used for memorial services.

The reredos dates from 1862 and was designed by the architect G.E. Street. Originally it consisted of three panels, with figures of St. Philip and St. James on the side panels and Christ in Gethsemane with two sleeping disciples in the middle. It was considerably altered in 1884: the center panel was raised up and the background was filled in with carvings from a print of Albert Durer. On the left Judas and the soldiers enter the Garden, behind them is a glimpse of Jerusalem. Above the altar is a Latin verse: "By Thy agony and bloody sweat, Good Lord Deliver us."

Holly Hayes
October 13, 2011

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