[South Oxford Baptist Church 1938 smaller]

The South Oxford Baptist church was built in 1938 as a daughter church of the Baptist church in Commercial Road in St Ebbe's, which had closed the previous year (neither that church nor Commercial Road still exist).

The church has three inscribed foundation stones in its eastern wall:

South Oxford Baptist Church 1938 Wilkins stone smaller South Oxford Baptist Church 1938 Fotheringham stone smaller South Oxford Baptist Church 1938 Smith stone smaller

The Rev Smith was presumably the Minister; it's possible that CV Wilkins was the builder and that Mrs Fotheringham was a benefactor and the widow of John Knight Fotheringham, Reader in ancient astronomy and chronology at the University of Oxford until his death in 1936. If you have more information about any of these people and their connection with the church, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

[South Oxford Baptist Church Wytham Street laying of foundation stone Oxford Mail date unknown but 1938]

Image courtesy of Tony Surman, son of George Surman.

This photograph from the Oxford Mail shows Mrs Fotheringham laying the foundation stone of the church. To her right (in the flat cap) is the bricklayer George Surman, who was 18 years old and from Horspath. He worked for builder Charles Wesley Harris, whose premises were opposite the Wesleyan Chapel in Horspath.

The church is now the South Oxford Christian Centre and is the home of the Oxford Corps of the Salvation Army.