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The Puseum

Photo credit: © By permission of the Principal and Chapter of Pusey House

Built on the west side of St Giles to commemorate one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), this served a dual purpose. Pusey House was a memorial to a man. But it was also intended to serve as a witness to his ideals. To that end, it combined scholarship and worship: a library and a chapel. It still offers a glimpse of what has been called Anglo-Catholicism: the Catholic tradition within the Church of England. Among the goals of the Oxford Movement was the re-establishment of the authority that they felt had been lost at the Reformation. For many, this meant the discovery of the patterns of worship that had been set aside. With its candles and incense, its vestments and Gothic architecture, Pusey House expresses that tendency to this day.