Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
Yesterday morning after the Solemn Mass at the Oxford Oratory a lot of the congregation picked their way round to the site of the building work which is due to start today to add more accomodation and parish offices as well as preparing the new library.This is th next phase of the Reaffirmation and Renewal Campaign and has been long awaited by the Oratorians and by the congregation.
Once we were on site, and were all gathered together, there was a short service of blessing and Fr Daniel, the Provost, symbolically turned the first spadeful of earth on the project. This was, of course, a photo opporunity - and not just for the professional photographer making a record for the Oxford Oratory Appeal website.