The Chapel

Visit the Chapel

The Chapel is open to the public during Oxford Preservation Trust’s annual Open Doors event in September. If you would like to arrange a visit to the Chapel, or have any queries, please email, call +44 (0)1865 278 500, or write to The Chapel Committee, Nuffield College, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1NF.

You can find out more about the College Chapel in the links below or in the Chapel Booklet

Chapel History and Architecture

Nuffield College Chapel was completed in 1961 under the direction of the artist John Piper and was subsequently dedicated on 13 December 1961 by the then Bishop of Oxford, Dr Harry Carpenter. Piper was also responsible for the design of the stained glass windows, the altar table and the original pair of candlesticks. The stained glass windows are the most striking features of the Chapel and were made by Patrick Reyntiens. The largest of these, the North Window, depicts the Five Wounds of Christ. The sculptor John Hoskin made the reredos and the cross, and the golden curtain behind the altar was woven by students at the Royal College of Art. 

Regular services were held in the Chapel at noon on Fridays during term-time, with communion services once a term and special services to celebrate the important events in the Christian calendar.

Weddings, christenings, funerals and memorial services for people associated with the College have all taken place in the Chapel.

Following the retirement of the last Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Margaret Yee, in the summer of 2005, her replacement was the College’s first Pastoral Advisor, Dee Danchev, in 2006.

In 2005 a carol service was organised by regular Chapel goers, but it was felt to be a heavy work load with no official support, and the following year the only celebration of Christmas was carol singing round the fountain in the Upper Quad.

In 2007 it was decided to form an official Chapel Committee to consider appropriate use of the Chapel. It has since been used for a wide variety of religious and cultural events.