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Jane Austen (1775-1817) 1783 Both she (aged 7) and her elder sister, Cassandra, were sent to school at an establishment run by the widow of a Master of Brasenose. She caught an infection and both girls were removed.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) edu. Pembroke Coll. Oxford matriculated in 1820. Returned to Oxford 1825.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) ed. Balliol, Oxford

John Betjeman (1906-1984) John became a boarder at Dragon School, Oxford, aged eleven. In 1925 went to Magdalen College, Oxford.

John Buchan (1875-1940) Brasenose College, Oxford

Lewis Carroll (1832-98),Oxford, Christ Church. Lived in Oxford

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) The most important collection of his MSS, letters and papers is at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. There are several other collections of his works elsewhere in the UK and also in the USA.

John Drinkwater (1882-1934) edu Oxford High School

John Meade Falkner (1858-1932) 1878-82 read Modern History at Hertford College, honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, 1927.

Robert Graves (1895-1985) In 1919 went to St John's College, Oxford.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) October 1922 to June 1925, Balliol College Oxford. When Graham Greene made some money from 20th Century Fox in May 1933 for Orient Express he felt secure enough to move from Chipping Campden to Oxford, taking a luxurious flat at 9 Woodstock Close, off the Woodstock Road (Sherry Vol 1 p478).  I believe this was a 6-month lease. This is located just south of the (now) Northern By-Pass (A40).  He later (in 1940) took lodgings at a house in Trinity College where Stella Weaver's (friend of Vivien) husband was President.  GG moved the family from Crowborough which he thought too close to the South Coast in the event of an invasion.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) Read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford (1863-7), where he converted to Catholicism in 1866 and graduated with a First in Greats. Curate at St Aloysius', in Oxford 1878.

A.E. Housman (1859-1936), Oxford, St John's.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Pembroke College, Oxford.

Robert Francis Kilvert (1840-1879) Went up as a commoner to Wadham College, Oxford, in 1858, and took fourth-class honours in law and modern history in 1862. Charles L.Dodgson at Oxford at the same time.

Balliol College
Balliol College
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864) Trinity College, Oxford. Rooms above the hall of Trinity College, Oxford 1793-1794

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) St John's College, Oxford, friends at Oxford included Kingsley Amis and Bruce Montgomery.

T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) family moved to Oxford. 1907-1910: studied at Jesus College. For his thesis on crusader castles he cycled 2,400 miles through France and walked 1,100 miles in Syria.

C S Lewis (1898-1963) Won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He went off to war but in 1919 returned and received a First in Honour Moderations (Greek and Latin Literature) in 1920, a First in Greats (Philosophy and Ancient History) in 1922, and a First in English in 1923. In 1930, with Jane Moore and his brother, Warren Lewis, moved into "The Kilns", a house in Risinghurst, Headington (a suburb of Oxford). He met Yeats twice whilst at Oxford. He was also a friend of Tolkien.

Barbara Pym (1913-1980) 1931-4 Oxford, St Hilda's College where she read English (B.A.Hons)

Anthony Powell (1905-2000) edu Balliol College, Oxford

John Ruskin (1819-1900) ed. Christchurch,Oxford, lived in Abingdon and Corpus Christi College Oxford 1871, memorials in Westminster Abbey, Keswick and Oxford.

William Hale White (Mark Rutherford) (1831-1913)New College, expelled for questioning the authority of the Scriptures.

Shelley (1792-1822) Oxford, University College, commemorated in Christchurch, Dorset and University College, Oxford and Westminster Abbey.
Shelley's Ghost, exhibition at Bodleian Library, Oxford. An online exhibition with the same title was launched on 3 December 2010. for an online exhibition.

J.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) Oxford City Council have announced (2001) that they will be erecting a blue plaque on 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford.

Edward Thomas (1878-1917) Lincoln College, Oxford

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)1874: Begins studying Classics at Magdalen College, Oxford

Charles Williams (1886-1945) During World War II he lived at 9 South Parks Road, Oxford; He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford.

Parson Woodforde (1740-1802) educated New College, Oxford 1759-63, also fellow and subwarden at New College, Oxford 1773

Oxfordshire

John Betjeman (1906-1984) 1943, worked in the Ministry of Information.. The family eventually settled in Wantage in 1951. Memorial window designed by John Piper in All Saints, Farnborough, Oxfordshire.
The Betjeman Millennium Park, is dedicated to the memory of Sir John Betjeman who lived close by at the Mead from 1951-72. A poetry trail has been created in the Park and consists of six sculptural installations incorporating extracts from Betjeman's poems. It can be found at Letcombe Brook, Wantage.

John Buchan (1875-1940) John Buchan moved to Elsfield in 1949. There is an interesting page with many links Elsfield

John Meade Falkner (1858-1932) buried in Burford, Oxon.

Dick Francis (1920-2010) Lived in Oxfordshire for nearly 31 years. They lived in a bungalow at Blewbury. Kenneth Grahame (Wind In The Willows), Barbara Euphan Todd (Worzel Gummidge)have also lived in Blewbury which is some 4.5 miles south of Didcot.

Graham Greene, (1904-1991) Woodstock, King's Arms March 1930

Robert Francis Kilvert (1840-79)married in the parish church at Wootton. Jerome K Jerome (1859-1827) lived near Ewelme from 1887 Died in Northampton, JKJ, Ettie, Elsie and Jerome's sister Blandina lie side by side in the beautiful churchyard of Ewelme, Oxfordshire, not far from the River Thames.

John Masefield (1878-1967) lived in Hampstead 1913-16, moved to Oxford, Boars Hill, in 20s, later Burcote Brook, near Abingdon

George MacDonald (1824-1905) Bought The Retreat, 3 miles from Lechlade. The picture on the right shows The Retreat on the banks of the Thames later bought by William Morris who renamed it Kelmscott. It is open to the public from the beginning of April until the end of September on various daays. Phone 01367 253348.

George Orwell (Eric Blair) (1903-1950) Came to England from India when he was 1 year old and the family, without father who still working abroad, came to live in Henley-on-Thames. The Blairs lived in two different houses in Henley, and one in Shiplake. The first one in Henley was on Vicarage Road which they lived in until 1912 when Eric's father came home.
Then they moved to a bigger house called Roselawn off Station Road in Shiplake which was two miles away. They lived there until a year after the outbreak of World War One when it became too difficult to keep it up.
So in 1915 they moved back to Henley into a smaller house on 36 St Mark's Road. He went to a small Anglican convent school in Henley-on-Thames. He won a part scholarship to St Cyprian's preparatory school, Eastbourne, Sussex. His fees were topped up by his mother's unmarried brother. Attended Eton, having won a scholarship there from his preparatory school.

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was for a time the assistant of the vicar of Eye & Dunsden, one of the most southerly parishes of Oxfordshire.

E.J. Oxenham (1880-1960) Her longest series, the 'Abbey Books' were set on the borders of Bucks and Oxfordshire, roughly where the village of Chinnor is, to which she 'moved' the ruins of Cleeve Abbey (from Washford in Somerset, now an English Heritage property; the EJO Society has a meeting there every two years, when we dance 'Newcastle' on the garth and soak in the atmosphere..) which, with the addition of an underground crypt and tunnels, became her 'Gracedieu Abbey', the background for some 39 books.

Barbara Pym (1913-1980) In 1974, Barbara Pym retired from the Institute relocating with her sister Hilary (and a cat named Minerva) in Finstock, Oxfordshire. But in 1977 she gets her revenge. The Times Literary Supplement asks to some eminent literates a list of the "most underrated novelist of the century". Barbara Pym is the only one to be mentioned twice, by poet Philip Larkin and by Lord David Cecil. In a forthnight, Pym is established as a major novelist. Her new novel, Quartet in Autumn, is readily accepted and she will be able to publish two more books before her death. Barbara Pym died of cancer the 11th of January 1980.

J.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) Oxfordshire: 1911-1914 Lived in rooms in the "Swiss Cottage" (demolished), Exeter College, Oxford, 1914-1915 Lived in digs at St John's Street, Oxford, 1918-1919 Lived at 50 St John's Street, Oxford, 1919-1920 Lived at 1 Alfred Street (now Pusey Street), Oxford, 1926-1930 Lived at 22 Northmoor Road, Oxford, 1930-1947 Lived at 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford (plaque), 1947-1950 Lived at 3 Manor Road, Oxford, 1950-1953 Lived at 99 Holywell Street, Oxford, 1953-1968 Lived at 76 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford (plaque) 1972-1973 Lived at 21 Merton Street, Oxford, Undergraduate at Exeter College 1911-1915, Fellow of Pembroke College 1926-1945, Fellow of Merton College 1945-1973,Eagle and Child, St Giles, Oxford (Pub used by the Inklings, plaque inside) Attended St Aloysius Church, Oxford. Attended St Anthony's Church, Headington, Oxford, Buried in Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford

Charles Williams (1886-1945) During World War II he lived at 9 South Parks Road, Oxford; He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford.


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