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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  • Eyston Window
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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 @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Morning Prayer @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Family service @ Holy Trinity Church: Ardington

Advent Sunday

Holy Communion (BCP) @ Holy Trinity Church, Ardington
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Morning Prayer @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion @ St Augustine's Church, East Hendred
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Evensong (BCP) @ All Saints' Church, Lockinge
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Morning Prayer @ Holy Trinity Church, West Hendred
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Benefice Communion @ Holy Trinity Church, Ardington
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holy Communion (BCP) @ All Saints' Church, Lockinge
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am


The Revd Elizabeth Birch, The Rectory, Church Street, East Hendred, OX12 8LA
Tel: 01235 833 235

The Rector of the benefice is The Revd Elizabeth Birch supported
by Church Wardens in each parish:

St Augustines East Hendred: Mrs Jackie Francis
Mrs Suzanne Fairlie

Holy Trinity West Hendred: Mr Hugh Rees
Mrs Patsy Jenkins

Holy Trinity Ardington: Mr Nigel Baring
Mrs Susanna Proudfoot

All Saints Lockinge: Mr Thomas Loyd