St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church is a fairly typical Oxforshire village church, built of local limestone, and with a square tower housing 8 bells.

The oldest part of the present church dates to the end of the 12th century; the church was largely rebuilt in the 14th century and a tower added in the 15th. The church was badly damaged during the Civil War during the Battle of Islip bridge (28th February 1645). Other celebrated people besides Edward the Confessor have had links with St. Nicholas including Abbot John Islip, Abbot of Westminster in 1500; Dr Robert South, a notable benefactor who founded the local school in 1710, and William Buckland, an eccentric geologist and Rector of Islip and Dean of Westminster 1845-1856.

Last updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2008