This website has gathered material from many people associated with east Oxford and the Parish of Cowley St John, but particular thanks go to the major contributors:
Annie Skinner, who carried out the research, drew up the Tables of memorials and wrote the historical fact sheets.
Jayne Saberton-Haynes, Ss Mary & John CE Primary School, who wrote the Teachers' Guides for Key Stage 1 and 2
Wendy Cartwright, History teacher at Cheney School, who wrote the Teachers' Guides for Key Stage 3 and 4 and 5
Linda Francis, designer of the Interpretation boards.
John Ashdown, author of the fact sheet on the Grimsley Family of Memorial Sculptors
Malcolm Graham, Head of Oxfordshire Studies, whose own research and advice have underpinned a great deal of current study of the area
Julian Litten, Vice-president of the Church Monument Society, who carried out an assessment of the churchyard monuments.
Bob Jeffery, former sub-Dean of Christ Church, who advised on the life and mission of Father Richard Benson
John Boyl, who contributed text and photos from his account of the history of the Methodist Church
Margaret Cullen, artist and source of oral history
The Society of the All Saints Sisters of the Poor, for photos from their archives.
Len Clark (text) and Margaret Cullen (line drawings), for the Centenary leaflets about Ss Mary & John Church
Steve Allen at oxogen, who has built the website
Ruth Conway, co-ordinator of the churchyard restoration project, who wrote the various accounts of recent developments.
The plan of the churchyard, and the maps showing the location of graves, were drawn by Alan Simpson of the Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) and are reproduced with permission. A full transcript of the inscriptions on all the gravestones was prepared under his leadership and is available in a CD-ROM. Details are on OFHS website: www.ofhs.org.uk .
Crucially, the preparation of this educational resource, and the restoration work in the churchyard that allows for safe educational visits, has been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The purpose of the website is to encourage more people, particularly the younger generation, to enjoy the natural peace and beauty of the churchyard and learn about the social history of the area and its past inhabitants. Teachers and educators are therefore especially welcome to use the content, provided the website and the authors are acknowledged as the source.
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