Churches & Services

St Lawrence Church, Tubney, Abingdon

Tubney, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5QJ

St Lawrence Church was built between 1844-7 by Augustus Pugin for Magdalen College, Oxford.  It is unique being the only Church of England church designed and built by him that has not been structurally modified.  The church is in the Gothic Revival style with trefoil-headed widows in the chancel and a bellcote at the west end.  The east window was probably made by John Hardman, one of the world's leading manufacturers of stained glass at that time.  The interior has finely carved reredos in solid oak with flowers, vine leaves and fruit by Chapman of Oxford.  The chancel roof has fine stencilled painting with flowers on a Prince of Wales pattern background in Blue.  Pugin also designed the Communion chalice and plate.  

In 1952 John Betjeman launched an appeal to save Turney Church as the roof needed serious repair and it re-opened in 1954 due to a large number of donations following his broadcast.  

The two recent stained glass windows at the west end are in memory of Richard Blackwell of B H Blackwell (Booksellers) Ltd.  

Church services are usually held on the third Sunday of every month at 10.30am and details can be found by contactying the Vicar on 01865 820451 or at vicar.kbsft@gmail.com or the Churchwarden on 01865 390466 or at rosemarykitto@gmail.com.