Information for Visitors to All Saints' Chilton, Didcot, Oxon tower

OS Grid Ref SU 489 859

A34 Construction of North side slip roads at Chilton

Work on these began in January 2015 and is expected to last for about 18 months. Some adjoining roads may be closed; the Hagbourne Hill Road going East from Chilton was half opened on 22 Deember 2015, from Chilton to the top of the Hill, the junction with the Ickneild Way, where motorised traffic can go down to Upton. It may be closed for construction of a roundabout and Toucan crossing.

The Hollow Way, the ancient track from Harwell to the Ridgeway, is closed while the slip road to the North is constructed.

For up to date information check on: Oxfordshire Highways

Travel instructions
Chilton is the most southerly parish in Oxfordshire.
Coming from the South along the A34, take the exit at the 'Chilton Garden Centre', turn right towards Hagbourne over the bridge over the A34, DO NOT TURN RIGHT AT THE ROUNDABOUT, go straight across it and turn right into Chilton at Townend, just opposite the large redbrick building on the left, still for rent. This road bears right towards the church which is seen on your right.

Coming from the North leave the A34 at the Milton interchange, now under reconstruction and liable to traffic jams. Follow the A4185 south over Rowstock roundabout, up the hill past the old AEA main gate and the Harwell Science Campus on the right. The road bears left past the Garden Centre and over the A34; then follow the instructions above.

From the West follow the A417 and turn right at the Rowstock roundabout joining the route from the North.

NO ACCESS FROM THE EAST the road over Hagbourne Hill is closed from 14 September 2015 for 5 months.

2. Parking:
Follow the lane to the right of the church about 100 yards to park in the Village Hall Car Park behind the church. Visitors children are welcome to use the Parish swings and other toys.

3. Tower entrance; door is in the church extension built in the 1970s, go through the kitchen to the vestry and up the new (in 2000) metal spiral staircase (12 steps) to the ringing chamber.

4. Toilet entrance is the door adjacent to the tower entrance door and is usually opened for visitors with a notice on the door. Visitors are welcome to use the kitchen by prior agreement to make hot drinks using their own ingredients in our mugs.

5. The 1st Aid Box is on the wall above the sink in the kitchen.

6. The upper floor room of the church extension is available for ringers use; the coat hooks are just inside on the left hand wall, the list of bell weights is on the notice board on the right.
Mobile phone reception is usually adequate near the window of this room if you need to phone emergency services, when you should give the church address as Chilton, near Didcot postcode OX11 0SH.

7. Before Ringing please take off the clock hammer, see notice on wall to left of window.
Please also apply the Sound Control by releasing the string next to the clock hammer.

8. Bells are DOWN, The tenor rope is that just before the door to the extension room,
the treble is the one just to the right of the light switch.

9. After ringing please ring the bells back down, put back the clock hammer and the sound control.

10. Refreshments can be bought nearby in the 'Rose and Crown' pub (drinks and bar snacks) about 5 minutes walk along Main Street, or during the daytime (open ~10am to 6pm) at the 'Chilton Garden Centre' on the other side of the A34.

11. We will have someone with the key to welcome you, and hope you enjoy your visit.

Please look at our website for further information

or contact the Tower Secretary,

Kate Crennell, tel: (01235) 834357 email:

Last updated 7 Jan 2016