Cowley Road Methodist Church Centre

Open to God, Open to All

History


Cowley Road Methodist Church, Oxford was originally called Wesley Hall. The design of the church exterior by the architect Stephen Salter, was influenced by the 'arts and crafts' movement of the time. The asymmetric plan was very unusual. In 1972, the exterior of the church became Grade II listed.

Architects drawing 

The church first opened its doors for worship in September 1904.  It was built to accommodate a rapidly developing congregation which had met at a chapel in Tyndale Road for the previous 20 years.  The church owes its formation to this  group of Christians, led and inspired by Walter Slaughter, a local grocer.  A memorial tablet to Mr Slaughter still hangs in the church today, as does a tablet in honour of twenty-one men associated with the church who died in World War I.

 Original church interior

Original church interior

In recent decades, the church has welcomed those who have come to East Oxford from overseas.  In 1967, a service in Punjabi was introduced, which continues to this day.

In 1984, the church was redeveloped and refurbished, with a multi-purpose worship area introduced upstairs and several meeting rooms downstairs.
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Information about the story of Methodism in Oxford and the surrounding area from the time of the Wesleys to the present day can be found at wesleysoxford.org.uk.


  • Cowley Road
  • Oxford
  • OX4 1BN