Cote Baptist Chapel
Cote, Near Bampton, Oxfordshire | Listed Grade II*
History and Architecture
The site of Cote Chapel was acquired in 1703–4 by a group of worshippers who previously met at Longworth on the other side of the Thames. In the 1750s the chapel was enlarged or more probably rebuilt to its present size, the capacity being increased in 1756 by the addition of a gallery. In 1859 the interior furnishings were moved around, the pulpit being removed from the south to the west wall, and seating being amply provided in box pews.
The chapel has stone walls with pitched roofs covered in the local stone slate. The truncated front gable incorporates a screen wall which crosses the central valley and is surmounted by a stone panel. In the burial ground are many 18th-century intricately carved headstones. The monument to the Williamson family is listed grade II.
A free 2-page guide can be downloaded here.
A 14-page well-illustrated colour guide is available from HCT's London address at a price of £5.00 inc postage. Please make cheques payable to 'Historic Chapels Trust'.
Repair and Regeneration
HCT completed a programme of repairs including the provision of new kitchen, two WCs and committee room.
The chapel can be hired for concerts, meetings and other activities such as concerts and conferences.
The burial ground is unlocked and open to the public.
Cote Chapel is registered for religious marriage ceremonies according to the Baptist and United Reformed tradition. Please contact the keyholder for more details if you are interested in holding your ceremony in this charming 18th century building.