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Nos. 57–59: Pusey House Chapel


Pusey House chapel

Pusey House was founded in 1884 at 61 St Giles, and Nos. 57–59 were acquired later. They were demolished in 1911 to make way for Pusey House Chapel of the Resurrection, erected between 1912 and 1914 on the corner of Alfred Street (renamed Pusey Street in 1926).

The chapel is Grade II listed along with the rest of Pusey House (List Entry No. 1047109). Goodhart-Rendel wrote of it, “I do not think there is in Oxford any better specimen of Gothic design, old or new.”

The chapel was designed in the late Gothic style by Temple Moore. There is a large section used mainly for Sunday worship divided from a smaller chapel at the east end by a solid stone screen. The east window shown here was added by Sir Ninian Comper in 1935–6.

The boundary between St Giles parish and St Mary Magdalen parish ran between Nos. 57 and 58, so this chapel stands partially in each parish.

Review of a service at this chapel

Occupants listed in censuses and directories
(grey background = earlier building)

Date

57 St Giles

58 St Giles

59 St Giles

1841–1846

George Read
Butler at Balliol College

Mrs A. Hill
Gentry

Morton & Co
Wine merchants

1861

Robert Ecclestone

Mrs Billing
Lodging house

1866

A. Booty
Photographer (bankrupt in 1867)

Henry Hatch
Mourning establishment

Henry Hill

1869

Mrs Blay
Milliner

William Wood
College servant

1871

H. Grimmett

1872

William Slay

1875

J. Howson

1876

Mrs Patchett
University Lodgings

(Miss Sarah Patchett from 1889)

1880–1884

H. Hatch
Japanese warehouse

1885–1900

William Forshaw
Artist & photographer, stationer &c

1901–1905

Miss Mullett
Chapel of the Resurrection

1906–1911

Ernest Charles Hall
Photographer

1914–present

Pusey House Chapel

St Giles’ home

Stephanie Jenkins

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