This is the page for 274 Cowley Road.
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  who is buried with his family in the churchyard.
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 .
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Do you know more about this building, or remember what was at this address before? Do you have any old photographs or memories to share? Please add them to the site! Here is a how-to guide.
- A Guide to St Mary & John Church, Oxford: http://www.ssmjchurchyard.org.uk/pdfs/SSMJ1.pdf