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Why is Oxford House listed as Grade II Heritage?

The Oxford House building, by the eminent Victorian architect, Arthur Blomfield, is a relatively modest architecturally externally, but is laden with historic interest and possesses a remarkable attic chapel that illustrates the ideas of the Settlement Movement. Oxford House is a rare surviving building, constructed by one of the first East End settlements.

  • Historic interest: a building redolent of the moral fervour and paternalism that characterised Victorian ideas about the causes and remedies of poverty.
  • Architectural interest: the traditionally-styled Tudor Revival building, although austere, testifies to the settlement movement’s aspiration to be the ‘squires of East London.
  • Art and craftsmanship: the attic chapel contains a painting of the crucifixion by Alfred Soord, set into a brightly-painted Gothic tracery reredos, and a fine Neo-Jacobean oak screen.