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University Church of St Mary the Virgin Also known as University Church

 

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  • Work started on the building in 1280 with the first part being the tower. The spire was added in 1315-1325.
  • The Adam de Brome Chapel was added in 1328 and the chancel in 1453. The nave was completed in 1510.
  • The final part of the church to be built was the porch which was built between 1637 and 1641. It still contains bullet holes made shortly after by fighting in the English Civil War.
  • The three anglican martyrs burned at the stake by Bloody Mary, Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer, all had close links to St Mary's and were burned just up the road. They were tried in the chancel in 1554 and condemned to death in the church.
  • John Wesley gave his 'Almost Christian' sermon in St Mary's which saw the foundation of Methodism.
  • Newman in the Victorian times gave a number of sermons attacking Anglicanism and forming the Oxford movement here. He later became a Roman Catholic and a Cardinal.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
3112
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
17-04-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Radcliffe Square, Oxford. OX1
Council
Oxford City Council
County
Oxfordshire
Region
South East
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1280
Completion date
1641
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
54.90
Pinnacle Type
Spire

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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