High Street, Memorial Garden

  • Illustration of the Church on this site from 1795 (when it replaced the Chapel of Ease) to 1856
  • The original Memorial close to the High Street access
  • When both Memorials were (temporarily) in the garden.
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Four photographs and information about the 15C Chapel of Ease and the church which replaced it. The sketch of the Chapel of Ease was based on a sketch held at the Bodleian Library (reference details not known).

This medieval chapel of ease stood here until 1795 when a new church was endowed by the Simms family of Denton. It remained a place of worship until 1856/7 as the style of architecture was not considered sympathetic to its surrounding and when the new St Mary’s Church was endowed. Some of the gravestones remain. A Memorial Cross (close to the High Street access to the garden) was erected soon after the end of the Great War with the names of 36 local men (a further 9 from the Second World War were later added). The cross gradually decayed so, in 1974, it was replaced by the gift of one owned by Magdalen College but not in use by them. See 1280 for more information.

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