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2014: The Church viewed from Cowley Road. Image by Motacilla via Wikimedia Commons


A view of the graveyard behind the church. Photo by Kamyar Adl on Flickr.

This site incorporates the SS Mary & John Church and graveyard. The foundation stone of the church was laid in October 1875, and the Decorated Style building in Charlbury stone, was designed by Alfred Mardon Mowbray [1] who is buried with his family in the churchyard.

The clock with its three faces in the tower was put in from 1928 to 1930[1]. The church building is Grade II listed [2].

In 2005 the tower was opened up to visitors during Cowley Road Carnival. See photos of the view further down the page.


Father Richard Meux Benson (1824-1915) was responsible for developing the site. He moved into east Oxford in 1868 to serve the spiritual, educational and social needs of the growing working-class population. Using Meux family money he purchased the site in 1870. St. John's Hospital for Incurables, opened in 1873, formed another element of this project [2].

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