An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of Oxford. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1939.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON THE ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF ENGLAND
Report to the King's Most Excellent Majesty
We, the undersigned Commissioners, appointed to make an Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions connected with or illustrative of the contemporary culture, civilization and conditions of life of the people in England, excluding Monmouthshire, from the earliest times to the year 1714, and to specify those which seem most worthy of preservation humbly submit to Your Majesty the following Report on the Monuments of the City of Oxford, being the Nineteenth Report on the work of the Commission since its appointment.
2. We desire humbly to submit to Your Majesty our deep feelings of loyalty and devotion to Your Majesty on Your Accession, and we gratefully acknowledge our re-appointment to continue the important and enduring task which Your Majesty's predecessors entrusted to us.
3. We desire to place on record the great loss which the Commission has suffered through the death of Mr. Mill Stephenson, F.S.A., who for very many years acted as the Commission's Referee on monumental brasses and other matters. We further desire to record our regret at the death of Sir John Cotterell who served as a Commissioner during the survey of the County of Hereford of which he was Your Majesty's Lieutenant. We also desire to place on record our appreciation of the long and valued services of Mr. J. W. Bloe, O.B.E., F.S.A., the Commission's Chief Investigator, who retired in May, 1937.
5. Following our usual practice, we have prepared an illustrated volume containing a full Inventory of the monuments in the City, which, under the advice of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury, will be issued as a non-Parliamentary publication.
6. The order of describing the monuments has been varied in this volume, as the normal arrangement under parishes was found to be impracticable. The monuments will thus be found grouped under the headings of University Buildings, Colleges, Ecclesiastical and Secular buildings. The detailed Inventory is introduced by the usual Sectional Preface.
7. As in previous volumes, the description of monuments have been referred for revision to the heads of each college, the incumbents of each parish, and to the principal owners of domestic buildings, and we are satisfied that no important monument dating from the earliest times to the year 1714 has been omitted.
8. Our special thanks are due to Dr. A. D. Lindsay, C.B.E., Vice-Chancellor of the University, the heads of the Colleges, to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Oxford, to the incumbents of the various parishes, and to the owners of houses for valuable assistance in our investigation.
We are furthermore indebted to the Oxford Committee of the Victoria County History; to the Rev. H. E. Salter, D.Litt., F.B.A., for reading the proofs, to Mr. E. T. Leeds, F.S.A., Dr. H. H. E. Craster, F.S.A., Dr. R. W. T. Gunther, Dr. H. W. Garrod, C.B.E., F.B.A., Mr. J. N. L. Myres, F.S.A., Mr. W. A. Pantin, F.S.A., Mr. D. B. Harden, Mr. A. H. M. Jones, and Mr. T. Harold Hughes, F.R.I.B.A., for their valuable co-operation and assistance. We are particularly indebted to Mr. Greening Lamborn for reading the proofs of the volume, for much valuable assistance in heraldic matters and for many suggestions and emendations; as also to Mr. J. H. Harvey for providing us with copies of certain extracts from original documents.
10. We offer our grateful thanks to Mr. O. G. S. Crawford, F.S.A., for supervision of descriptions of Earthworks, to Dr. Tancred Borenius, F.S.A., for advice as to the attribution of pictures, and to Mr. H. B. Walters, O.B.E., F.S.A., for the revision of the description of Bells.
11. We desire to express our acknowledgment of the good work accomplished by our Executive Staff in the persons of Mr. J. W. Bloe, O.B.E., F.S.A., Mr. E. A. R. Rahbula, O.B.E., M.C., F.S.A., Mr. G. E. Chambers, F.S.A., Mr. A. T. Phillips, M.C., F.S.A., Mr. J. Charlton, Mr. A. R. Dufty, Mr. R. W. McDowall, Miss V. M. Dallas, and Mr. F. T. A. Power, M.C.
13. Our Secretary, Mr. Clapham, has recently completed twenty-five years' service with the Commission. We gladly take this opportunity of cordially acknowledging the value we attach to his personal collaboration and likewise our regard for his technical experience and intuitions, upon which we always rely with confidence.