Wilcote: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 12, Wootton Hundred (South) Including Woodstock. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1990.

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Wilcote lay in an area notable for dissent in the later 17th century, and in 1669 it was claimed that 'towards 100' Anabaptists were meeting at the house of Francis Ambrose, 'a great promoter of such meetings'; the teacher was an Abingdon miller named Combes. (fn. 31) No other reference to Ambrose at Wilcote has been traced. If so large a congregation met inside his house he was presumably tenant of the manor house or of Wilcote Grange, but the meetings may have been held in an outbuilding there or elsewhere. No other record of nonconformity has been discovered.


  • 31. Bp. Fell and Nonconf. pp. xiv, 46-7.