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The Boys and Men’s Clubs in the 19th and early 20th century
Within surprisingly short time after its foundation, by 1889, Oxford House established a pattern of life that was to continue throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Probably, the most influential activity in the Oxford House was the running of the Clubs.
In the House itself more than thirty residents lived, the majority of them theology graduates preparing for ordination.
In nearby Halls, and later in the adjoining club house especially built for the purpose, local people took part in a wide range of social, athletic and “improving” activities. Most of these activities were organised by the three clubs associated with the House which between them catered for over a thousand men and boys, the Oxford House Club (for clerks and skilled artisans), the University Club (for unskilled working men), and the Webbe Institute, named after the cricketer and philanthropist, H.B. Webbe, which catered for boys up to the ages of 18.
“The Clubs helps, in finding employment for boys leaving school, visits the sick, helps boys fill out the difficult forms which are necessary in modern life, and assists fathers and mothers in doing the hundreds of jobs that go to make a vital and friendly community of good citizens” Annual report 1890.
ASHWORTH, Mandy. “The Oxford House in Bethnal Green, 100 years of Work in the Community” 1984
BRADLEY I. “Oxford House in Bethnal Green 1884-1984”. Oxford House 1984