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Kings Sutton, St Peter and St Paul

Kings Sutton, St Peter and St Paul

You can spot this church from miles away although it lies in the Cherwell Valley. Its spire, dating from circa 1370, is both the most beautiful and one of the tallest in the county (60 metres high).

It is one of three probably built by the royal architect commemorated in the ditty ‘Bloxham for height, Middleton Cheney for might, and Kings Sutton for beauty’.

It is a splendid example of a late medieval English building – so harmonious that it looks like a gothic model when seen from the village green.

Inside the story is more complex as remains of the Norman church vie with late gothic, all sensitively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1860’s. It is a large building, light and grand, with a smattering of Victorian stained glass and a reredos with painted panels by E.W. Tristram.

One very unusual thing is the monument in the chancel to Sir Thomas Langton Freke who died in 1769. Not only is the subject matter extraordinary with the risen Christ trampling over a skeleton, its ribs hideously exposed, it is also made of plaster rather than marble. At the rear of the church on the floor you will find the 17th Century turret clock rescued and restored 1968.

Contact & Opening Times

The Square, Kings Sutton, Banbury, Banbury, OX17 3RJ|
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Opening Times

The Church is open during daylight hours.


Contact Details

Father Matthew Robinson

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01295 811364


Churchwarden: Dr Douglas Hamilton

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01295 812810


Dee Thorbourne

Telephone: 01295 811961

Email: [email protected]

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