“Stonors have lived at the spot for eight and a half centuries defying Reformation and revolution. Mass has always been celebrated in the place.” Simon Jenkins, England’s Thousand Best Houses.
Steeped in family history, the original Chapel of the Holy Trinity was built in the late 13th Century on the site of a prehistoric Stone Circle.
Look closely at the southeast corner and you will see that it rests upon one of these mystical stones - a symbol of Christianity adopting the ancient site as its own.
Once inside, sunlight floods through the superb stained glass, lighting the chapel and allowing visitors to see Graham Greene’s great gift, a series of artworks called ‘Stations of the Cross’ by Jozef Janas, a Polish prisoner of war in World War II.
Only two other British chapels have always been catholic and we’re proud to say that mass and weddings continue to be celebrated here to this day.
Mass is celebrated every Sunday in the Chapel at 10:30am - all are kindly welcome.
This year’s Christmas Eve Midnight Mass will begin at 10.30pm and Christmas Day Mass at 10.30am
“Here in this chapel we are confronted by an awesome continuity of human experience…on this rock of one family’s enduring faith in good times and bad has indeed been built a church…”
- Rt Revd Lord Runcie, late Archbishop of Canterbury
In 2014 the Chapel received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to re-tile the Chapel and Clock Tower roofs, and improve the building’s rain water system.
The Chapel Restoration Fund has also gratefully received grants from the J Paul Getty Jnr Trust, the Country Houses Foundation, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Trust, All Churches Trust and donations from regular worshippers.
Work, carried out by traditional craftsmen, included weather proofing the Chapel, faithfully reusing or replicating existing material. The Chapel is currently on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.