No record of Dissent
has been traced in Begbroke before the 19th
century. Two families were said in 1834 to
attend Wesleyan meetings at Bladon, although it
was noted that their children attended the parish
school. (fn. 20) H. B. Bulteel, a well known Oxford
nonconformist, preached in the village in the
1830s, but with what effect is unknown. (fn. 21) In
1854 there were reputedly no nonconformists, (fn. 22)
but in 1878 there were said to be nine. (fn. 23)
Begbroke House was bought in 1896 for the
Roman Catholic Servite order and, renamed St.
Philip's Priory, was opened as a novitiate in
1897. (fn. 24) The priory inevitably became a centre
for Roman Catholicism over a wide area, extending as far as Bicester in the early 20th
century. (fn. 25) Begbroke Place, later St. Juliana's
school, was used in the earlier 20th century as a
hostel for Roman Catholic priests. (fn. 26)
||O.R.O., MS. Oxf. Dioc. b 39, f. 40.
||Bodl. MS. Top. Oxon. b 18, f. 90. For Bulteel in Oxf.
see V.C.H. Oxon. iv. 418.
Wilb. Visit. 15.
||O.R.O., MS. Oxf. Dioc. c 344, f. 49v.
||Stapleton, Cath. Miss. 95.
||Above, Intro.; below, Educ.