Our programme of evening talks on the general theme of Great Conflicts resumes at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17 February 2015 in Iffley Church Hall (101 Church Way Iffley OX4 4EG). (Non-members and visitors are always welcome to join us for individual talks: they will be asked to contribute £2 towards expenses)
On that Tuesday evening, Alastair Lack will be telling us all about Oxford in the Civil War
Alastair read history at University College, Oxford, before sampling life as a teacher in India and the world of publishing in New York. Subsequently he settled into life at the BBC, making programmes for both television and radio. After nearly 27 years of presenting, producing and editing programmes from current affairs to the arts, he ended that stage of his life as Head of English Programmes on the BBC World Service.
Since coming back to Oxford, he has (among other things) revived an interest in the history and architecture of Oxford, both city and university, and now shares his knowledge and enthusiasm in guided tours and talks.
Here is an unusual view of Oxford of the 1640s – look under the horse!
A royal mint had been set up in Oxford in New Inn Hall, at the present site of St. Peter’s College, after King Charles I had moved his capital from London. The surviving crown (pictured above) is one of the highlights of the Ashmolean for local historians. Click on the image and you should see a larger image. It shows, between the horses legs, in the foreground the city wall and moat. On the left is Magdalen Tower. The two central spires belong to All Saints Church (reconstructed since the time of Charles I, and now Lincoln College library) and the University Church of St. Mary on the High Street. (The gifted engraver was Thomas Rawlins, who had been appointed ‘Graver of Seals, Stamps and Medals’ at Oxford in 1643. He must have been pleased with his work as he signed it with his own mark, a cross made of lilies.)