United Reformed Church

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This was originally one of the tanning barns of the hide business (see record 0486 for more detail), being owned by William Waine who sold it in 1840 to the Congregationalists who founded the church here in 1843, although Wheatley people had joined this congregation in 1796, worshipping elsewhere. The schoolroom overlooking Crown Square was built in 1898.

The pre-1897 photo shows the chapel and the cottage(s). Plans now went ahead for a new Schoolroom and a few alterations in the Chapel. Two anonymous friends offered £100 each if Mr. Harris, the Treasurer, could match the sum from other sources. Col. and Mrs. Miller of Shotover Park donated £25. The property site was given by Mr. Iliffe Pike and his sister. The construction was by Mr. C.C. Robinson of Wolvercote, and the designs were drawn up by Mr. Mardon Mowbray of Oxford. The new building was finished in decorated Gothic style, and the foundation stone laid in September,1898 by Mr. Hugh Ball, B.A., Mr. Edward Beaumont, and Mr. R.R. Alden, all of Oxford. Members of the Church taking part were Mr. Joshua Harris (S.S.Supt. and. Church Treasurer), Mr. Iliffe Pike (Church Secretary), and Mr. Cecil Shepherd (Rep. of the Guild). See record 1628 for full history of this church.

Mr East, known as Bumper East as he had a wooden leg, is standing in the foreground. Lamp on corner of the cottage was lit manually for a few hours every evening by a member of the Shepherd family.

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