This small medieval cathedral also serves as the chapel of Christ Church College. It contains a variety of notable architecture as well as the ancient shrine of Oxford's patron saint, Frideswide.

Location map of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England. Click to enlarge.
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1283787 view listed building data
Article Title
Christ Church Cathedral
51.7501481° N, 1.2546644° W map · aerial
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SP 51547 05977
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.



Built as priory church of Austin Canons after mid C12. Early C13 top stage and spire of central tower. Mid C13 Lady Chapel, as North aisle of presbytery. North aisle top stage, Early C14 Latin Chapel. In circa 1330 the chapel of St Lucy (East of South transept) extended eastwards. Late C15 clerestory and stone vault of presbytery. In 1524-29 West end destroyed to make room for Wolsey's college and a wall built between 4th columns West of the crossing. Cathedral refitted 1629-38 and restored 1856. In 1870 a general restoration under Sir Gilbert Scott which included removal of West wall, addition of 1 bay to nave, East window replaced by a restoration and the rebuilding of much of South aisle of presbytery. Has many good monuments, including an effigy of a Knight.

Listing NGR: SP5154805981

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Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 12, 2022