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.
Next week there will be two concerts given in Oxford by the Newman Consort, who provide music for the Oxford Ordinariate Group and for the FSSP Masses at St William of York in Reading.
The first concert is on Thursday October 4th at 7.30 pm in Holy Rood church in Abingdon Road, Oxford, following the regular Ordinariate Mass there at 6.30 pm, and there will be refreshments afterwards.
The second concert is the following Saturday, October 6th at 2 pm in Exeter College Chapel.
The Newman Consort will be joined by Martin Kondziella, organist and Regens chori at the Institute of St Philip Neri's church of St Aphra in Berlin.
There is no admission charge for the concerts, but there will be a retiring collection on each occasion.