The core of the church of St Mary the Virgin, Hampton Poyle is a tiny 13th century chapel, full of interesting monuments to the Poyle family. It has a beautiful stone screen set into one wall. A small chancel was added in the 18th century. Its sumptuous fittings contrast with the now plain mediaeval elements. The church is set in its own churchyard.
Hampton Poyle itself is a hamlet of about 150 people, separated from Kidlington by the River Cherwell and by farming land. There is a very pleasant half mile walk between St Mary's in Kidlington and St Mary's in Hampton Poyle across meadows of the Cherwell.
Previously a parish in its own right, Hampton Poyle has been served by the Kidlington Team Ministry for a number of years and was united with the Parish of Kidlington in 1997.
Our Sunday services are held at 10am on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays in the month. The beauty of the building and its peaceful surroundings make worship here special.
The 1st and 3rd Sundays are Family Communion services, but on the 2nd Sunday we say Matins.
There is no regular midweek service in Hampton Poyle. (See the Service Times those in St Mary's and St John's Kidlington, and visit the Diary for special services and events. In Hampton Poyle these often celebrate creation and the farming year. In recent years the Dawn Easter Eucharist has taken place there by candlelight.
St Mary's Hampton Poyle is too small a space to hold separate children's activities, but families are of course welcome at any and all of our services, and no-one will feel left out.
We are delighted to be able to open our three churches every day. Sometimes we need a quiet space to sit, think, pray, light a candle, listen for God, or even shout at him!
The doors of St Mary's Hampton Poyle are open each day and you are most welcome to come in and enjoy the space and soak in the peace and quiet. There are many interesting things to see.
Our three churches join together as one to
form study groups, arrange events, and to
bring our skills and enthusiasms into church
life. There is a separate page to introduce them
► Activities & Groups