Our next lecture on February 8th is going to be a very Oxford affair. It is entitled “Old Obadiah, sing Ave Maria”: the Strange Case of Obadiah Walker, Master of University College, Oxford, 1676-1689. Obadiah Walker was an undergraduate, Fellow and Master of University College from the 1630s to the 1680s. A much-loved tutor, he was devoted to his College. He therefore caused upset and amazement when, under James II, he converted to Roman Catholicism. This lecture tells the remarkable story of Walker’s journey. Religion was a very hot tot topic throughout the 17th century and this is an extraordinary story.
The lecture will be given by Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith (FSA, FRHistS), who is now the Archivist of University and Jesus Colleges, Oxford. Until 2016 he was also Archivist of Magdalen College. He has written a history of University College, and is currently helping to write a new history of All Souls College. He has published extensively on the history of Oxford.
I’ve been asked to pass on details of the Brackley & District History Society’s next meeting, on Wednesday 7th February: this will take place at the Brackley Methodist Church and it will include their AGM, refreshments, and a talk by Tony Boullemier on ‘The Little Book of Monarchs’.
We have been approached by Derek Blunt who is researching a book about manors and estates in Northamptonshire, starting with South Northants. He is looking for information about these villages:
Chacombe, Syresham,Radstone, Farthinghoe, Edgecote, Boddington. If anyone can help he is at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have directed him to the Cake & Cockhorse archive.
Our membership secretary and treasurer are having difficulties in dealing with subscriptions for 2018 as these have gone up (after a number of years at the same level). Please check before you send a cheque – the subscriptions are now £15 for an individual member or £20 for two members at the same address. (and remarkably good value!).
With best wishes,