Fifield

An image of St Simon and St Jude's, Milton under Wychwood

A little bit about us

Fifield is a parish of about 160 people and an old church.

Our Services

Every Second Sunday of the month
11am Sunday Worship
alternates bi-monthly with
11am BCP Holy Communion

Every Third Sunday of the month
6pm BCP Evening Prayer
alternates bi-monthly with
6pm Evensong

Every Fifth Sunday of the month
10am United Benefice Holy Communion
rotates between Fifield and Idbury

Other information about St John the Baptist

The earliest record of a chaperly in Fifield appear in a deed of 1220, though there is no evidence to show whether this was part of the present church in its earliest form. If not, then the chaperly must have been replaced shortly after that date.  The church was built of a size to hold the worshippers of a comparatively small village, and today it is happily still of a size eminently suitable for its congregation.

As with many old churches it is its architecture which tells us most about is: a 13th century nave and chancel, embellished a century later with a tower, an East window and windows in the Nave, with later additions and repairs culminating in a considerable amount of internal work – a virtual rebuilding – done by the Victorians in the fashion of the time. The condition of the church had, however, deteriorated significantly by then, particularly in the 19th century when there was no parson resident in the village. So, although some of the original character of the church was no doubt lost in these Victorian renovations, they quite possibly saved it from gradual disintegration and decay.