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College Servants, Oxford
« on: Tuesday 22 January 08 13:19 GMT (UK) »
Hi everyone,
My ancestor James PRESTON and some of his sons were College Servants in Oxford in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

Does anyone know, would records of their employment still exist?
Does the term 'College servant' cover all servants who worked at the colleges, or was this a particular type of servant?

Thanks,

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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 22 January 08 20:11 GMT (UK) »
You'd need to know which college, as they're all autonomous.  Then you might be able to trace the people, because most colleges have yet to learn to throw any paper away.  College Servant was the general title for people -other then academic staff- employed by a college. 
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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 00:40 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Maggot,
James' son Joseph PRESTON was employed at Worcester College I think, so possibly his father was also employed there.

Thanks again,

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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 15:05 GMT (UK) »
You'd need to know which college, as they're all autonomous. Then you might be able to trace the people, because most colleges have yet to learn to throw any paper away. College Servant was the general title for people -other then academic staff- employed by a college.
Maggott

I hope the colleges never learn to throw away those valuable bits of paper  8)

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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 15:34 GMT (UK) »
I always associated the term college servant with the "scout" that is a servant allocated to look after a number of individual students or members of the college.

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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 15:52 GMT (UK) »
there is a Joseph preston ..at Worcester College  early 1850's .he lived in Worcester Place.
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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 15:52 GMT (UK) »
Yes, it does apply to scouts, but also to other employees doing non-academic work.  I imagine when there were fewer gadgets, there were more college servants.

Christopher:  Keep your fingers crossed.  For generations they just didn't sling stuff, but now some of the colleges are tottering towards the 20th century & thinking of computerising their records.  And every space that can accommodate conference  delegates is being pressed into use... It'll end in tears, I suspect, because the blighters tend not to want to  hand their records over to the County RO

Allin:  why not send Worcester an email?  I'll pm you the email address
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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 15:57 GMT (UK) »
There was a Joseph Preston in New College living in Holywell

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Re: College Servants, Oxford
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 23 January 08 16:02 GMT (UK) »
me again....yes maggott
i agree, i would like records for the Choiristers at Christchurch   ::)
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