Heritage Open Day: A rare survival of an early 18th-century Nonconformist chapel, with 2-decker pulpit, box pews and large baptismal tank under the 'table pew'. The burial ground (still in use) has some historic graves. A place of quiet dignity.John Betjeman described John Betjeman described Cote chapel as 'grey limestone among the willows ... built for people who believed and argued'. This graceful, peaceful building belies an early history of struggle: the meeting of believers which became Cote started many years before, but survived times when it was illegal not to belong to the state church [Church of England]. The graveyard contains some early graves.
See the 'box pews', configured for families; the large tank in which adults are baptised by 'total immersion' and learn about John Williams (the Williams family founded Cote chapel), who was killed in 1839 by islanders in the South Pacific, who were thought to be cannibals.
Sat 11 Sep:10.00-16.00. Sun 12 Sep:11.00-15.00. Free Entry.
Cote chapel, Cote, Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2EF
Sat 11 Sep 2021 and Sun 12 Sep 2021