History of the Chapel

The current Chapel is Oriel’s third, the first being built about 1373 on the north side of the front quadrangle. By 1566, the Chapel was located on the south side of the quadrangle, as shown in a drawing made for Elizabeth I’s visit to Oxford that year. Little is known of these early chapels, though the College records contain references to a ‘high altar’, ‘nave’, and ‘chancel’ and various furnishings. The present building was consecrated in 1642, and despite restorations in succeeding centuries, it largely retains its original appearance. The Chapel was last restored in the 1980s with the assistance of donations from Norma, Lady Dalrymple-Champneys.