Oxford’s North Gate Hall could be renovated back into a church

by | Feb 1, 2023 | Faith Spaces, Newsfeed

A Grade II listed church converted into a restaurant a decade ago could again be used as a chapel, if a planning application is successful.

The North Gate Hall, in St Michael’s Street, Oxford, was used as a Bill’s from 2012 but shut in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic and never reopened.

It was built in 1871 to designs by city architect JC Curtis and used as a United Methodist Free Church chapel.

A decision on its use will be taken in coming months by Oxford City Council.

A baptistry was added to the building in 1933.

The church’s former church hall in its basement was adapted into a commercial kitchen for the most recent renovation, planning documents show.

An application has been made to remove all of the kitchen equipment in the former restaurant and restore it into a chapel once again.

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