The Old Parsonage and Vestry
Landmark Trust is an independent charity that owns the Old Parsonage and the Stable Building next to the Rectory in Mill Lane, of which the Vestry is part.
Christ Church are the patrons of the parish and also own the Rectory in Mill Lane where the vicar lives; the cathedral for the diocese is also located there
The Church Hall
For further information on bookings follow the Hall link on the menu bar.
The old font
The Churchyard Cross
This cross has a medieval shaft and was set up on a new base and with a new head in 1857. The original head, the Lamb of God, is now mounted on the north wall of the chancel.
The Gibbs Memorial
The sculptor Peter Coates designed and made this memorial to his grandparents William (Bill) and Nina Gibbs, who kept a general store opposite the “Tree” inn from 1954 until c1967. Nina died in 1989 aged 81. Bill died in 2002 aged 96. The memorial was dedicated on 12 December 2004.
When proposing the work, Peter Coates said: “Iffley church has been a fundamental presence in all our lives, providing a focus for spirit and family; my parents were married there, and it was Bill and Nina’s place of worship.”
The piece is carved in limestone as an endless knot, the indissoluble bond of their marriage. The square plinth is inscribed in a free script:
“will the day of parting be the day of gathering” (Khalil Gibran) invisible under the knot is another inscription: “WNMMII” – William & Nina 2002.
Peter Coates intended the symbolic knot and the line from Gibran to offer comfort to any who had been bereaved; the secret inscription is for the family.
The Horse Chestnut Tree
The last arboricultural hazard assessment of this tree took place in 2009, when the expert reported:
“This is one of the largest Horse Chestnut trees I have had the privilege to inspect and provide an opinion on. It is a magnificent specimen that appears to have entered the early ancient stage of its life cycle… and could be in the region of 250 years old; however, some individuals of the species have the ability to recover over time and extend their lives considerably.”
Donnington Hospital Trust own the small strip of land outside the church gate together with this old horse chestnut tree
The “Iffley Yew”
Situated south of the church, this tree is estimated to be not less than 1,100 years old and may well have been planted at some time between 686 and 886 A.D. For a full account of ancient yews in general and the Iffley Yew in particular, visit the Ancient Yew Group’s website.
Those wishing to explore connections between this tree and Lewis Carroll’s Adventures Under Ground will find much interest in the website of The Lewis Carroll Society
and, more especially, in a detailed and illustrated article by Alison Gopnik, published by the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and available on line.
The Burial Ground
Iffley Burial Ground is an independent charity that owns and runs the Burial Ground located the other side of the road from the churchyard.
The churchyard at St Mary’s Iffley is closed for any further burials and the upkeep of it is the responsibility of Oxford City Council
The Glebe Field
Oxford Preservation Trust owns and manages the Glebe Field in Iffley that lies opposite the church hall in Church Way, Iffley