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Stained glass windows

St Phillip and St James Church lies in the centre of the North Oxford Victorian Conservation Area, what enhances its cultural and aesthetic interest. A core part of the building is the stained glass windows, which are beautifully crafted. These windows were made by three famous London-based workshops - Clayton & Bell, Burlison & Grylls and C. E. Kempe, and complement the gothic nature of the church.

The windows in the Altar are particularly stunning: they narrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, producing an involving programme in accordance with the rest of the windows of the Nave.

We are currently focused on running a programme and events to restore our stained glass windows, which are in urgent need of protection, repair, and maintenance. Some windows are losing the lead on them, so they are leaking during rainy days. This situation is worsened in winter, when even the wind and the cold get through the building.

study carrel window

Student life at OCMS – every study carrel is wonderfully framed by windows depicting the Way of the Cross, and scenes from Christ’s ministry.

A considerable number of our windows need to be removed and re-leaded, predominantly due to the age of the lead in the window, but also due to several acts of vandalism which have taken place over the years. All the windows facing south are in critical condition and we need to act before the damage is too great for repair.

Crucifixion window

Scenes from the Crucifixion and the Last Supper are some of the great motifs displayed by our stained glass windows.

We have already organised some fundraising events in order to start restoration works including a Garden Party at the end of August, which helped launch our windows campaign. In February 2015 we hosted The Cello Pilgrimage, a solo cello recital by the renowned musician Orlando Joplin.

wine music

Music, wine, and much more at OCMS!

OCMS is running a programme which allows our donors to “adopt” a window of your choosing and it has proved successful. The price for adoption is of £1,000 per year, which would allow us to begin the full restoration works. By adopting a window, OCMS will erect a commemorative plaque underneath your chosen window as a way of thanking you.

saints window adoration of the lamb window

Some of our windows have fascinating histories, such as our rose window which reproduces The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb altarpiece by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck.