What to see

A few of the notable items are –

Our Saxon Tower, which is the oldest building in Oxford
The15th century pulpit where John Wesley, founder of Methodism, preached the Michaelmas Day sermon on 29th September 1726
13th Century stained glass in the East Window
14th Century font from St Martin’s Church
Reredos of the 14th century Lady Chapel, restored in 1941
The door of Archbishop Cranmer’s prison cellfrom Bocardo Prison is held in the tower.
Archbishop Cranmer and his fellow bishops Latimer and Ridley were burned at stake in Broad Street in 1556.
The church treasury, which includes a Elizabethan chalice dated 1562, and a Sheela-na-gig, dating back to late 11th or 12th century.

Our Saxon Tower is the oldest building in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! Inside you can see the door to the Martyrs’ cell, when they were imprisoned in the Bocardo. We have an ancient clock mechanism that you can see in action. There are six huge bells that are so heavy that if we rang them it would severely damage the tower! So we chime them instead.

We have an enviable Treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s. You can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. Our tower is the easiest climb in Oxford, with good solid stairs including a handrail. There are several places to stop and rest if you need to. From the top of the tower there is a marvellous view of the city of Oxford and its famous “dreaming spires”.