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From Victorian Gap Year to Community Hub

Itumblr_inline_n20isnTWgM1s16cfk’m often asked what is Oxford House and has it always been here?

Depending on how much time you have, I have a mini-lecture and hopefully an amusing and informative one on 130 years of Bethnal Green, Oxford, social policy, community and leaking old buildings.

However, if you are short on time read on. Oxford House was the first settlement house where volunteers lived and helped provide response to the effects of poverty on the Bethnal Green population. Think 1884 and grim conditions of overcrowding, poor health, little or no schooling and erratic employment. Think the equivalent of a modern gap year.

The first settlers lived nearby in St Andrews Church. Think the penalty spot in Weavers Field as it is long demolished.

There is however much more to this story if you have a bit of time to spare. 130 years of life in Bethnal Green is a rich heritage that includes world wars, several economic depressions, new communities, cinemas, swimming pools, the oddly named ‘Welsh experiment’ and much more.

Oxford House is a constant in all this and we want to tell this story. Our heritage project– From Victorian Gap Year to Community Hub; heritage and community at Oxford House – hopes to do this. It is a project combining research and story-telling with building works to safeguard our Grade II listed building.

Keep in touch with regular updates in this blog. Do email us at if you have and stories or photos memories of the House and Bethnal Green life. We would love to hear from you.

Oxford House in a Changing World Workers and Welfare: Living Conditions of the 1800’s East End On This Day... 30th November 1891 WANTED: Archivist for heritage project Fascism in the East End The Blitz The Original Oxford House Conscientious objectors The Welsh Schools The Excelsior The Effects of World War I in Oxford House War Memorial The Inauguration of the Oxford House Building 1892 From Oxford House to Local and International Stardom In the Spotlight: the Repton Boxing Club and Oxford House Hensley Henson, Oxford House leader The Kray Twins Alfred Soord, The Crucifixion. Oxford House Chapel Women and Oxford House Oxford House and its Clubs Why you should donate to save our secret chapel The Bethnal Green Tube Tragedy The Webbe Boys’ Club Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s Super Kid (a.k.a. Eddie Marsan) Save Oxford House's 'Secret' Chapel Oxford House and Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram Our resolution? Raise all the funds to start our major heritage project Post War Regeneration of Bethnal Green Weavers’ Fields and the Huguenots Guy Clutton-Brock: from Oxford House to hero of Zimbabwe WWI: Zeppelins or ‘Take me back to dear old Blighty’ The Hidden Gem: Oxford House Chapel History in the making Oxford House and Ben Uri Gallery The Chapel Oxford House Arms: Dominus Illuminatio Mea Why is Oxford House listed as Grade II Heritage? Heritage Lottery Fund - 'Oh! ‘wins’ the lottery' Who designed Oxford House? The Boys and Men’s Clubs in the 19th and early 20th century Why a new building in 1891? Rise under Rev. Winnington-Ingram How it all begun. Clubs and activities at Oxford House 1884 Who created Oxford House? What is a settlement? 130 Not out! Our pre-history: The Oxford Movement From Victorian Gap Year to Community Hub
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