The Chapel of St
Thomas More is located
in Foxcombe Road on
Boars Hill and is part
of the main Parish of
North Hinksey, Oxford.
Led by Parish Priest
Father Paul King, this
little Chapel makes up
in history what it lacks
in size, and prides
itself on being the
starting point of the
The Newdigate family, living at Foxcombe Heath, found it
difficult to attend Mass during the Second World War, as did
all the Catholics living on the Hill and in Sunningwell and
Bayworth, owing to lack of public transport and petrol
rationing. Accordingly they organised priests to say Mass in
their home, for their benefit and that of local Catholics.
A family legacy was used to purchase Grace Dieu and
convert the garage to a chapel, dedicated to St Thomas More.
A strong sense of community developed among those who
worshipped there; this feeling of community is still very