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Christ Church Cathedral
is the cathedral of the diocese of Oxford, which consists of the counties of Oxford, Buckinghamshire
and Berkshire. It is also the chapel of Christ Church at the University of Oxford. This dual role as cathedral and college chapel is unique in the Church of England.[1]


1 History 2 Dean and Chapter 3 Music

3.1 Organ 3.2 Organists 3.3 Choirs

4 Notable burials 5 Gallery 6 See also 7 References 8 External links


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The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

The choir, looking towards the organ and entrance

The cathedral was originally the church of St Frideswide's Priory. The site was historically presumed to be the location of the nunnery founded by St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford, and the shrine now in the Latin Chapel, originally containing relics translated at the rebuilding in 1180, was the focus of pilgrimage from at least the 12th until the early 16th century.[2] In 1522, the priory was surrendered to Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, who had selected it as the site for his proposed college. However, in 1529 the foundation was taken over by Henry VIII. Work stopped, but in June 1532 the college was refounded by the King. In 1546, Henry VIII transferred to it the recently created See of Oxford from Osney. The cathedral has the name of Ecclesia Christi Cathedralis Oxoniensis, given to it by Henry VIII's foundation charter. There has been a choir at the cathedral since 1526, when John Taverner was the organist and also master of the choristers. The statutes of Wolsey's original college, initially called Cardinal College, mentioned 16 choristers and 30 singing priests. Christ Church Cathedral
is one of the smallest cathedrals in the Church of England.[3] The nave, choir, main tower and transepts are late Norman. There are architectural features ranging from Norman to the Perpendicular style and a large rose window of the ten-part (ie botanical) type.[citation needed] Dean and Chapter[edit] As of 16 January 2018:[4]

Dean — Martyn Percy
Martyn Percy
(since 4 October 2014 installation) Sub-Dean — Edmund Newey (since 3 August 2013 installation)[5] Diocesan Canon Precentor
— Grant Bayliss (since 2 September 2017 installation)[6] Archdeacon
of Oxford — Martin Gorick (since 4 May 2013 collation)

The University's four senior theology professors are also ex officio Canons Residentiary:

Regius Professor of Divinity — Graham Ward[7] (since 2012) Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity — Carol Harrison (lay; since 27 April 2015 installation)[8] Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology — Nigel Biggar (since 6 October 2007 installation)[9] Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History Sarah Foot (since 6 October 2007 installation;[9] ordained 2017)[10]

Music[edit] Organ[edit] The organ is a 43-rank, four-manual and pedal instrument built in 1979 by Austrian firm Rieger Orgelbau.[11] Organists[edit] See also: List of musicians at English cathedrals First among the notable organists of Christ Church Cathedral
is the Renaissance composer John Taverner, who was appointed as the first organist by Wolsey in 1526. Other organists (and directors of the choir) have included Basil Harwood, Thomas Armstrong, W. H. Harris, Simon Preston, Francis Grier and Nicholas Cleobury. The post of organist is currently held by Stephen Darlington. (As in many English cathedrals, the organist is also director of the choir and much of the organ playing is delegated to the sub-organist or organ scholar.) Choirs[edit]

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The main choir, the Christ Church Cathedral
Choir, consists of 12 men (6 professional "lay-clerks" and 6 student "academical clerks") and 16 choristers (boys aged 7 – 13), and is directed by Stephen Darlington. They sing in university term time, at Christmas and Easter, and have an extensive touring and recording programme. Former choristers include the composer William Walton. The Cathedral
Singers consists of volunteers and is currently directed by James Potter. They are usually in residence outside of term time when the choristers and academical clerks of the main choir are on holiday. The college choir sings every 1–2 weeks in term time and is made up of current undergraduates and postgraduates from the college. Notable burials[edit]

John Locke
John Locke
memorial engraving

John Bankes
John Bankes
(1589–1644), English lawyer and politician Robert Burton, author The Anatomy of Melancholy George Berkeley, philosopher and Bishop of Cloyne (memorial in the nave) John Fell, Bishop of Oxford Henry Gage (1593–1645) (buried in the Lucy Chapel, off the south transept) Henry Liddell, father of Alice Liddell John Locke, philosopher Lady Elizabeth Montacute Edward Bouverie Pusey George Stewart, 9th Seigneur d'Aubigny, Cavalier Thomas Strong, Bishop of Oxford John Underhill (c.1545–1592), Bishop of Oxford John Urry, literary editor Peter Wyche, ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and member of the Privy Council


View of the cathedral

The altar and vault


Chancel Vault

Tomb of John de Nowers

Stained glass window

See also[edit]

List of cathedrals in the United Kingdom Christ Church, Oxford: more information on the College and the Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral
School Bishop of Oxford Diocese
of Oxford Architecture of the medieval cathedrals of England English Gothic architecture Romanesque architecture Church of England


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- Miscellany". Web.archive.org. 6 December 2004. Archived from the original on 6 December 2004. Retrieved 4 March 2016.  ^ Christ Church, Oxford
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— Who's Who in the Cathedral
(Accessed 16 January 2018) ^ "News Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford
University". Chch.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2016.  ^ Christ Church, Oxford
Christ Church, Oxford
— Announcement of new Diocesan Canon Precentor
(Accessed 16 January 2018) ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20100129140130/http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral/whos-who/dean-chapter-staff. Archived from the original on 29 January 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2014.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131215233100/http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/news.cfm/2004/1/19/ACNS3745. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ a b "News Christ Church, Oxford
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External links[edit]

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Deans of Christ Church, Oxford


John Hygdon* John Oliver* John London** Richard Cox**

Early modern

Richard Cox Richard Marshall George Carew Thomas Sampson Thomas Godwin Thomas Cooper John Piers Tobias Matthew William James Thomas Ravis John King William Goodwin Richard Corbet Brian Duppa Samuel Fell Edward Reynolds John Owen Edward Reynolds George Morley John Fell John Massey Henry Aldrich Francis Atterbury George Smalridge Hugh Boulter William Bradshaw John Conybeare David Gregory William Markham Lewis Bagot Cyril Jackson

Late modern

Charles Henry Hall Samuel Smith Thomas Gaisford Henry Liddell Francis Paget Thomas Strong Julian White Alwyn Williams John Lowe Cuthbert Simpson Henry Chadwick Eric Heaton John Drury Christopher Lewis Martyn Percy

* – Academic deans only; prior to the establishment of Christ Church Cathedral; ** – Cathedral
deans at Osney.

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Cathedrals of the Church of England

Province of Canterbury

Birmingham Bristol Canterbury Chelmsford Chichester Coventry Derby Ely Exeter Gibraltar Gloucester Guildford Hereford Leicester Lichfield Lincoln London, St Paul's Norwich Oxford, Christ Church Peterborough Portsmouth Rochester St Albans St Edmundsbury Salisbury Southwark Truro Wells Winchester Worcester

Province of York

Blackburn Bradford Carlisle Chester Durham Liverpool Manchester Newcastle upon Tyne Peel Ripon Sheffield Southwell Wakefield York

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 139592590 LCCN: n83129421 GN