Oxted: St Mary
A parish within the Oxted Team Ministry
Revd Dr Andrew Rumsey
29 Chichele Road
Oxted RH8 0AE
Oxted Community Hall
53 Church Lane
Oxted RH8 9NB
Introduction to Parish
Our vision is to Know Christ, Grow Community and Renew Heritage. We are a modern all-age Church, seeking to meet the needs of our community, with strong links to St Mary's CE Junior School and other local organisations. We worship in an ancient and much loved building, which hosts other events too. Our church caters for those who prefer both contemporary and traditional worship styles. There are groups and activities for all ages, from toddlers to young people and for adults of all ages.
8.00am Holy Communion* (traditional language)
9.30am Parish Communion, with Junior Church (Common Worship Order One)
4.30pm Café Service: informal worship, with contemporary music and junior church.
Wednesday 11.00am Holy Communion* (Common Worship Order One)
Friday 8.30am Holy Communion (Common Worship Order One)
* not on the first Wednesday/Sunday of the month
Patron: Bishop of Southwark
Tradition: Central Anglican
Population (2011 census): 5,035
Urban Priority Area: No
St Mary’s works closely with St Peter’s Tandridge and also enjoys a close relationship with Oxted's three other churches: Roman Catholic, URC and ‘King’s Church’ (non-denominational), as well as other churches in the Churches Together in Oxted District network.
For more information see our website, which is updated regularly: stmarysoxted.uk
Built: 12th century
Listing: grade 1
The original building is lost in the mists of time. It has been claimed that an early inscription bore the date 1040AD and the tower is likely to be Norman. The Domesday Book simply stated "At Ac-Stede (the Place of the Oaks) there is a Church", and on this evidence the parish, like so many others, celebrated its novo-centenary in 1986.
The church proper was built in the mid-12th century. Only the ground stage of the tower and portions of the nave walls remain from that original building. Later in the 12th century the aisles and the upper stages of the tower were added, and the chancel was rebuilt in the mid-13th century. The next two centuries saw the aisles widened and their main walls raised; new windows throughout the chancel, new arcades and heightened walls in the nave. Subsequent changes came with the restorations after fire damage of 1637 and 1719 (the latter, and possibly both, due to lightning strikes); and the restoration and additions of the 1870s. The main materials are iron-stone and sand-stone.
Facilities: Disabled access, toilets (in nearby hall), sound system with induction loop.