Welcome to St Augustine of Canterbury Church, East Hendred.
St Augustine of Canterbury Church was originally built in the 13th C and the font and the nave with its arcading and carved heads adorning the pillars date from then. One of the heads is said to represent Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Also from the 13th C is the wooden lectern based on a crusader’s foot, treading on a three-headed dragon, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.

Also Medieval is the Eyston Chapel, (including the wooden screen), dating from the 15th C. The chapel is actually a Roman Catholic chapel associated with the Eyston family who trace their ancestry back to Sir Thomas More. It is used for private prayer as well as occasional Roman Catholic Masses. The pulpit was added soon after The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and features a carved head of Charles I.

The church has a ring of six bells, the oldest of which is pre-Reformation and dedicated to St Anne. The church has a couple of Medieval brasses and retains some fragments of Medieval glass in the windows although most of our glass is 19th C when significant restoration was undertaken in the church.

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The Faceless Clock

The earliest record of the faceless clock on St Augustine’s Church tower is punch-stamped on its iron frame – “JOHN SEYMOUR WANTAGE 1525” making it a contender for being the oldest working turret clock in the country. Who was John Seymour? A local or itinerant clockmaker? A local blacksmith? We don’t know nor who commissioned and paid for the clock.

Regardless of the obscurity surrounding his identity, John Seymour’s workmanship has stood the test of time and continues accurately to strike the hours and each quarter, as it has done for nearly 600 years. Every three hours, in addition to striking the hour, the clock plays “The Angels’ Hymn” by Orlando Gibbons. It is still wound by hand every day, just as it was in the 16th C.

“For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:4

Services & Parish Events

Holy Communion (BCP) @ Holy Trinity Church, Ardington
Dec 6 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Holy Communion @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holy Communion @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred

Our main Christmas Day sung Communion service with sermon and traditional carols. Please come and celebrate with us!

Evensong (BCP) @ All Saints' Church, Lockinge
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Morning Prayer @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion (BCP) @ All Saints' Church, Lockinge
Dec 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Family Service @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Dec 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holy Communion @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Dec 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Morning Prayer @ St Augustine's, East Hendred
Dec 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington
Dec 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington

Advent Sunday


The Rector of the Wantage Downs Benefice is:

The Revd. Dr. Orazio Camaioni - Tel: 01235 832 849  

email: revdoraziocamaioni@gmail.com

St Augustines East Hendred:                                                       
Mrs Suzanne Fairlie sanfairlie@hotmail.com
Julie Pearce jpxpol@hotmail.com

Holy Trinity West Hendred:
Mr Hugh Rees hugh@citidata.co.uk
(Deputy) Patsy Jenkins pfjenkins100@hotmail.com

Holy Trinity Ardington:
Mr Nigel Baring nigel.baring@ardingtonhouse.com
Mr Patrice Vogt patrice_vogt@yahoo.fr

All Saints Lockinge:
Mr Thomas Loyd tloyd@lockinge-estate.co.uk
James Hart deliciousofwantage@hotmail.com