Murcott Primitive Methodist chapel


The chapel opened in 1847 seating 50.

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  • The Primitive Methodist Chapel was built on the eastern edge of the hamlet of Murcott. The civil parish of Fencott-and-Murcott is within the ecclesiastical parish of Charlton on Otmoor. The Methodist cause in the late 19th century in the hamlets caused the C of E clergy some concern about there being too many non-conformists. The rector decided to erect a Mission Room in the middle of the hamlet in 1895. It remains as a pleasant stone building with brick dressings and was designed by an Oxford architect

    I knew the chapel for a few years before it closed. The photos posted are of the interior during a flower festival held across a few villages and when I visited with my late wife and late parents.

    After the chapel closed an arrangement was made with the Oxford Methodist Circuit to allow use of the Murcott Mission Room by Methodists. This was principally due to Local Preacher Peggy North who lived opposite the Mission Room in Murcott House.
    The Methodist congregation was then mainly drawn from outside the local community.

    By Brian Carlick (06/09/2022)

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