Chimney: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 13, Bampton Hundred (Part One). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1996.

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A will in 1572 contained Roman Catholic invocations, (fn. 1) but no recusants were noted later. Tenants in the later 18th century and the 19th, notably members of the Williams, Pinnock, and probably Peck families, were prominent members of the Baptist meeting at Cote, (fn. 2) and Abraham Atkins (d. 1792), non-resident lessee of Chimney under Exeter cathedral, established trusts in support of several Baptist congregations including Cote. (fn. 3)


  • 1. O.R.O., MS. Wills Oxon. 185, ff. 127v.-128.
  • 2. 'Cote Baptist Ch. Recs.' (TS. in C.O.S.), passim; B. Williams, Memorials of the Family of Williams (priv. print. 1849), 37; Baptist Union Corpn. file 1367/2, trust renewal 1830; cf. D. & C. Exeter, MS. 2032.
  • 3. P.R.O., PROB 11/1215, f. 242 and v.; V.C.H. Berks. iv. 319; Brief Acct. of Trusts created by A. Atkins (1803): copy in Baptist Union Corpn. file 1367/3; above, manor.