Welcome to the website of the historic church of St Margaret of Antioch, Binsey. We are glad you have visited us.
St Margaret’s is part of the Osney Benefice, working in partnership with St Frideswide, Osney; St Lawrence, North Hinksey and Ss Peter and Paul, Botley.
St. Margaret’s is an open church and welcomes visitors and pilgrims throughout the year who seek it out for quiet contemplation and prayer. This beautiful church is on the Diocese of Oxford’s Pilgrimage route because of its links to St Frideswide, Patron Saint of Oxford.
I hope you enjoy your visit to this website. See the side panel for regular services and up and coming events.
The Reverend Clare Sykes
The church of St Margaret of Antioch in Binsey, located a short walk from Oxford, is a much loved and visited church of outstanding architectural and historical significance. It dates from the twelfth century, and its churchyard is the site of St Frideswide’s treacle well.
Both church and well were re-ordered in the nineteenth century by T. J. Prout, whose friendship with Lewis Carroll explains the presence of the “treacle well” in Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland.
The aim of Friends of Binsey is to bring together the many people who have enjoyed the tranquil and spiritual qualities of St Margaret’s Church and its holy well, and to involve them in the support and preservation of this special place.The objectives of Friends of Binsey are:
- To preserve this historic Church in its peaceful setting and allow it to remain accessible to all visitors.
- To support the work of the Church in the Parish and maintain regular Services.
- To encourage events and activities that increase interest in and knowledge of St Margaret’s Binsey.
- To be a point of contact for people unable to visit the Church regularly and participate in its services.
Would you like to help? Please consider joining the Friends of Binsey: your support for the Church will be greatly appreciated.