February 2016 | Banbury Museum

February 2016

The Local Clergy in the Middle Ages

Some of your members may like to know about the next two lectures coming up in the Banbury Historical Society’s season.

On Thursday February 11th we have Dr. David Robinson who will be talking on the topic of The Local Clergy in the Middle Ages.  We hear much about those medieval clergy who held high office in church and state, the wealthy abbots who ate and entertained on a lordly scale and the bishops with their vast estates. At the other end of the scale Dr. Robinson’s interest is in the clergy who served parishes as unbeneficed chaplains, without the assured income of a rector or vicar and depending on the voluntary support of the local laity. How did they live and what sort of people were they?

David Robinson was County Archivist of Surrey from 1975 to 2002 and is Editor of Surrey Record Society.

The lectures begins at 7.30pm, in the education room at Banbury Museum (entrance to the museum is from Spiceball Park Road);   non- members are very welcome (£3 fee).

On Thursday 10th of March we have Jennifer Thorp coming to talk to us about The Legacy of William of Wykeham to New College Oxford.  When William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founded a new college in Oxford in 1379, he displayed huge generosity in its endowment and extraordinary skill in providing for its survival. This talk looks at the legacy, in every sense, that he left to New College after his death in 1404. There are many ‘College Farms’ in Oxfordshire villages, the relics of the extensive landholdings of all the Oxford Colleges. Jennifer Thorp has been the Archivist of New College in Oxford since 2004. Before that she worked in local government archives and also in the private sector.  

Deborah Hayter

Chair, Banbury Historical Society