This is the last known preaching plan to exist for the Oxford Wesleyan Methodist Circuit before the disruption of the Wesleyan Reform movement.
Covering the first quarter of 1839, it sets out the preaching places, the times of services, the bible readings set for each Sunday and, via a number key, identifies the preacher responsible for leading each service.
The itinerant preachers are number one and two, with their names in capital letters. Thereafter the names of the local preachers are listed with the longest serving at number 3 on the list.
Preachers lists as ‘On trial’ are effectively in training and will be examined before the preachers meeting before being accepted ‘on full plan’.
Further information can be found in Martin Welling’s book: Methodism in Victorian Oxford, the Oxford Wesleyan Local Preachers’ Book