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Welcome to the Shelswell Group of Parishes

Welcome to the church of St Mary the Virgin, Cottisford

collage The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Cottisford is a member of the Shelswell group of parishes.

The present stone church was built in the 13th Century on the site of a Saxon Church by the Abbot of Bec and apart from the removal of a tower it remains largely unchanged to the present day.

In 2015 a major repair project was completed for Cottisford Church. This comprised: repointing of its exterior walls, repairs to it's roof, repairs to it's rainwater goods, stonework and perimeter channel; repairs to it's leaded lights and window protection. This work was facilitated by generous support from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.


The church is located on the outskirts of the village, to the west.
An excellent publication entitled "Cottisford Revisited", written by Ted and Joan Flaxman, is available from the church

Flora Thompson based her trilogy 'Lark Rise to Candleford' on the area North East of Bicester including the nearby villages of Juniper Hill, Cottisford, Fringford and Hethe and a memorial tablet to Flora Thompson may be found within the church.

Church Services in Cottisford
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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

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