Church of St Mary, Horse Fair, Banbury - Cherwell

St Mary's Banbury is a very fine late C18 classical church with a highly distinctive tower designed by the well-known architect S P Cockerell with additions by his son, C R Cockerell, in 1818-22. Poor roof detailing led to water ingress and much of the high level stonework is very dilapidated. The congregation accepted a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in 2015 and implemented a programme of roof repairs in early 2016. Urgent repairs to the east end are the subject of a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Places of Worship which is programmed to be on site in 2019.

Church of St Mary, Horse Fair, Banbury - Cherwell
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1369519
  • Local Planning Authority: Cherwell
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary
  • Street Name: Horse Fair
  • County: Oxfordshire
  • District / Borough: Cherwell
  • Parish: Banbury
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Banbury
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade I, CA