Establishment of Independant Church in 1796
This letter refers to Sarah Allen and James Hinton seeking permission from the Bishop of Oxford to establish the United Reformed Church in Wheatley. From the book 'From Tanning Barn to church', it is known that these protestant dissenters worshipped in a room owned by Samuel Stanlake in 1794, and one owned by Sarah Allen in 1796. One of the reasons given was that the people of Wheatley spent their sabbaths employed in bull baiting and badger baiting.
The Act of Toleration of 1689 permitted freedom of worship to Protestant dissenters from the Church of England. This Act required the registration of dissenters' meeting houses with quarter sessions or the bishops or archdeacons.
See also record 1207.