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 (ref. 1485/521). 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
1841–6 George Read
Butler at Balliol College
Mrs A. Hill
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
William Wood
College servant
1871 H. Grimmett
1872 William Slay
1875 J. Howson

Mrs Patchett
University Lodgings

(Miss Sarah Patchett from 1889)

1880–4 H. Hatch
Japanese warehouse
1885–1900 William Forshaw
Artist & photographer, stationer &c.
1901–5 Miss Mullett
Chapel of the Resurrection
1906–11 Ernest Charles Hall
1914–present Pusey House Chapel


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