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Oswestry Oxford Connections: A bishop in the 17th Century

Bishop Humphrey Humphreys (1648-1712) attended Oswestry School between 1658 and 1661.
22 Dec 2021
Written by Hugo Malim

Not long after leaving the school, Humphreys matriculated at Jesus College, University of Oxford, to study theology. Sixteen years after finishing in 1673, he was made Bishop of Bangor.

The picture shows Humphreys and the School of Divinity, part of the Bodleian Library (one of the largest Libraries in Britain with over 13 million books). The room in the photo is now open to tourists, film crews and students, but up until recently was still used as a lecture room for students studying ecclesiastical subjects. Humphreys would have walked the floors and rubbed against the walls of this fantastic room all those years ago.

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