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Location Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Roman Catholic
Status Active
Founded 1836 (1836)
Dedication Holy Trinity
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II listed
Designated 23 April 1952
Style Classical Revival
Deanery Banbury
Diocese Birmingham
Province Birmingham

Holy Trinity Church is a Roman Catholic Parish church in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. It is situated on the London road in the centre of the town. It was built in 1836 and is a Grade II listed building.


It was built in 1836, seven years after the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829, and fourteen years before the Restoration of the English hierarchy in 1850. As there were no dioceses in England at the time, the church came under the administration of the Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District. It was built in a classical revival style of architecture, similar to Chipping Norton Town Hall.

From 1922 until 1969, Heythrop Park, a country house in the parish, was occupied by the Society of Jesus. During that time, Heythrop Hall was a philosophy and theology college for those studying to become Jesuits. While they were there, the Jesuits also staffed Holy Trinity church. After they left, the church reverted to the care of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who continue to serve the parish.

In March 2009, Bishop Mark Jabalé, the emeritus Bishop of Menevia and former abbot of Belmont Abbey was made the parish priest.


The church is made of rubble stone at the rear side and ashlar to the other sides. There are three round headed windows on either side of the nave of the church. There is a gallery in the west part of the church and a stained glass window behind the altar made in 1873. There are two doorways on the side of the church facing the road, above them are bays in the façade. Above the bays and the windows is a coved cornice. There are porches projecting out at either side with antae, sunburst shells and ammonite scrolls in the stonework.


There are two Sunday Masses held in the church, one is on Saturday evening at 6:00pm and the other is at 11am Sunday morning. The church has a relationship with the nearby Holy Trinity Catholic School.


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