Rural Problems: Fenny Compton (1873–1886)

Graham Neville

in Radical Churchman

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683794 | DOI:
Rural Problems: Fenny Compton (1873–1886)

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This chapter discusses the economic concerns between 1873 and 1896 where college incomes at Oxford, largely derived from farms, declined markedly. It notes that neither scholarship nor Christian mission existed in an economic vacuum. Neither Oxford University nor the rural incumbency of Fenny Compton to which Hicks proceeded in 1873 could escape the effects of fluctuating conditions of trade. The chapter notes that the shape of the university was affected by farm prices; and the income of any particular college even depended on whether its agricultural holdings were in wheat-growing areas or in districts where livestock were the chief commodity. It also notes that in rural parishes the connection between agricultural prosperity or depression and the conditions of the church's ministry is more obvious. It observes that the farmers resented the payment of tithes; the farm workers listened unwillingly to church representatives which could not rescue them from oppression.

Keywords: Oxford; scholarship; Christian mission; Fenny Compton; rural parishes; agricultural prosperity or depression; church's ministry; farmers; tithes; oppression

Chapter.  9292 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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