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Compton Beauchamp St Swithun



St. Swithun's Church in the Parish of Compton Beauchamp appears in Simon Jenkins 'Thousand Best Churches' and in Richard Wheeler's 'Oxfordshire's Best Churches'. Built of chalk and clunch, this medeival cruciform Church is unusual in that most of the internal furnishings date from the 20th century.

These were commissioned by Samuel Gurney, an Anglo-Catholic who lived in Compton Beauchamp from 1924 until his death in 1968. He employed the artist Martin Travers to redesign the interior, which was completely reordered between 1925 and 1950. The Book of Common Prayer is used at services of Holy Communion and Mattins that take place twice per month. Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month and Mattins on the third Sunday of the month, both commencing at 9am. St. Swithun's is a 'Resolution A' church. The Church has a connection to St. Stephen's House, University of Oxford. An Anglo Catholic Mass takes place according to the English Missal at the beginning of the University year. Significant other services take place such as Remembrance Sunday and the Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Church is open daily between the hours of 9am to 5pm.

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