Cows and Curates (Hardback)

The story of the land and livings of Christ Church, Oxford

Judith Curthoys

A unique account of the land and property owned by Oxford's grandest college

When Christ Church was founded in 1546, Henry VIII made the college a generous grant of land and other property. This endowment was large enough to ensure the smooth running of the college and cathedral including maintaining its buildings, educating its students and paying its staff. From earliest days up to the present, the endowment and later gifts - in all parts of the country, from Montgomeryshire to Norfolk and Cornwall to Yorkshire - have been managed with varying success, sometimes expertly, at other times less so. The shelves of the college archives are full of maps and plans, account books, manorial records, deeds, photographs and detailed correspondence with tenants and vicars. Drawing on this rich material, Cows and Curates recounts the history of the management of farms, urban dwellings, commercial property and industrial estates against the backdrop of national social change, legislation, agricultural developments and depressions, wars and modernisation.

Publication date: 03/10/2020


ISBN: 9781788162500

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for Cows and Curates


Christopher Howse The Telegraph

Judith Curthoys

Judith Curthoys

Judith Curthoys MSt, DAA has been archivist at Christ Church since 1994. During that time, she was co-editor of Christ Church: a portrait of the House (2006), has contributed articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), and was for ten years reviews editor of the local archaeological and architectural journal Oxoniensia.

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