Friends of Binsey

Everyone is welcome to join the Friends of Binsey who help look after the much loved and visited church of St Margaret of Antioch in the village. 

St Margaret is located a short walk from Port Meadow and Oxford, and is a real treasure of simplicity and outstanding architectural and historical significance. It dates from the twelfth century, and its churchyard is the site of St Frideswide’s (Treacle) Well.

Both church and well were re-ordered in the nineteenth century by T. J. Prout, whose friendship with Lewis Carroll explains the presence of the “treacle well” in Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland.

The Friends of Binsey brings together the many people who have enjoyed the tranquil and spiritual qualities of St Margaret’s Church and its holy well, and to involve them in the support and preservation of this special place.

The objectives of Friends of Binsey are:

  • To preserve this historic Church in its peaceful setting and allow it to remain accessible to all visitors.
  • To support the work of the Church in the Parish and maintain regular Services.
  • To encourage events and activities that increase interest in and knowledge of St Margaret’s Binsey.
  • To be a point of contact for people unable to visit the Church regularly and participate in its services.

 Please consider joining the Friends of Binsey: your support for the Church will be greatly appreciated.

Our wonderful St Margaret of Antioch at Binsey continues to provide comfort and succour to people of all faiths and to those of none, as the many comments in the visitors book testify.  The comments are in many languages including Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Greek, French and English and include:

 ‘Thank you for sharing this lovely quiet space’.

‘What a treasure to find this peaceful haven. It stands as a beautiful testimony to all the souls who have gone before us. Thank you for leaving it open’.

‘Lovely to come back again, after so many years. My first visits were as an undergraduate in the late 60s’.

‘I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in whatever, who ever inhabits this place. Thank you’.

‘I come for a top up of strength, thank you St Margarets’.

‘I visit this old and lovely church from time to time. I am a Muslim, but I love this church and find peace here. This is God’s place no matter what you call it’.

‘This is my place of peace; I know that God dwells in it’.