Headington history: People

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The earliest named Headington people are probably Thamesubugus, who signed his name on a piece of pottery made at the Roman kiln on the site of the Churchill Hospital, and Hedena (or Headan), after whom Headington was named; they do not have biographies here, however, as nothing else is known about them

Blue plaque = Blue plaque on their Headington house
*    = Has a road in Headington named after him/her.
†    = Also has a full entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Other Headington people in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The ODNB contains numerous other people who were associated with Headington, who do not have individual biographies on this site. The biographies are available free to many public library users, including those in Oxfordshire: to view the following biographies, go to the ODNB online and enter your library ticket number in the “Library Card Login” box:

  • Evelyn ABBOTT, Classical Scholar
    Lived at Pullens Cottage in Pullens Lane from 1890 to 1901
  • J. L. N. BAKER (1893–1971), Geographer
    Lived at Stone Rise, 11/13 New High Street, from 1928
  • Henry BALFOUR (1863–1939), Museum curator
    Lived at Langley Lodge in Pullens Lane from 1909 to 1939
  • John Hugh Marshall BEATTIE (1915–1990), Social anthropologist
    Lived at The Cottage at the top of Headington Hill from 1956)
  • Stuart Highworth BLANCH (1918–1994), Archbishop of York
    Curate of All Saints Church, Lime Walk 1949–1952
  • James Leslie BRIERLY (1881–1955), International lawyer
    Lived at 6 Brookside until 1955
  • Rhoda BROUGHTON (1840–1920), Novelist
    Lived at River View, Headington Hill from 1900 to 1920
  • Alice BRUCE (1867–1951), educationist
    Lived at White Gables at the top of Headington Hill to 1951
  • Sir George Norman CLARK (1890–1979), historian, Provost of Oriel
    Lived at 20 Horwood Close from 1967 to 1970, then at 7 Ethelred Court from 1972 to 1979
  • George Albert COOKE (1865–1939), Biblical scholar
    Curate of St Andrew’s Church, Headington from 1889
  • Richard Lynch COTTON (1794–1880), Provost of Worcester
    Instrumental in the building of Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry
  • Rosamund DAVENPORT-HILL (1825–1902), Social reformer
    Lived at Hillstow (later renamed Dorset House) on the London Road
  • William Harbutt DAWSON (1860–1948), Journalist
    Lived at 23 Latimer Road in the 1930s
  • Vigo Auguste DEMANT (1893–1983), Theologian and social commentator
    Lived at 31 St Andrew’s Road from 1971
  • Sir Henry HARNESS (1804–1883), Army officer
    Lived at Barton End in the 1880s
  • Francis John HAVERFIELD (1860–1919), Historian and archaeologist
    Built Winshields in Pullens Lane and lived there until 1919
  • Charles HERFORD (1853–1931), Literary scholar
    Lived at 80 Old Road (then numbered 24) until 1931
  • Thomas Lionel HODGKIN (1910–1982), Historian
    Born in 1910 at Mendip House, Pullens Lane
  • William HUME-ROTHERY (1899–1968), Chemist and metallurgist
    Lived at 54 Sandfield Road in the 1930s
  • John MASSIE (1842–1925), Biblical scholar and politician
    Lived in the Rookery (now Ruskin Hall) from 1910 to 1925
  • Hope MIRRLEES (1887–1978), Writer and poet
    Lived in The Firs at the top of Headington Hill from 1963
  • Henry Whitehead MOSS (1841–1917), Headmaster of Shrewsbury School
    Lived at Highfield Park (now the Park Hospital) from 1909
  • Simon Harcourt NOWELL-SMITH (1909–1996), Book collector
    Lived at 7 Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry from 1965
  • Alexander Duncan Campbell PETERSON (1908–1988), Educational reformer
    Lived at 33 St Andrew’s Road (before it became the vicarage) from 1967 to 1970
  • Sir Alan PIM (1871–1958), Administrator in India and colonial adviser
    Lived at 3 Harberton Mead until 1958
  • Henry Habberley PRICE (1899–1984), Philosopher
    Lived at 69 Jack Straw’s Lane until 1984
  • Ian RAMSEY (1917–1972), Bishop of Durham
    Curate of Headington Quarry in the 1940s
  • James Edwin Thorold ROGERS (1823–1890), Political economist and politician
    Acted voluntarily as assistant curate at Headington from 1854 to 1858
  • (William) Ritchie RUSSELL (1903–1980), Neurologist
    Worked at Headington Hill Hall rehabilitation centre and studied brain wounds sustained in World War II
  • Sir Michael Ernest SADLER (1861–1943), Educationist, his wife Eva Margaret Gilpin (1868–1940), Headmistress and educationist, and their son Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir [sic] (1888–1957), Bibliographer and novelist
    Lived at The Rookery (now Ruskin Hall) from 1934 to 1943
  • Percy SIMPSON (1865–1962), Literary scholar
    Lived at 61A Old Road
  • Gabriel TURVILLE-PETRE (1908–1978), Icelandic scholar
    Lived at the Court in the Croft until 1978
  • Sydney VINES (1849–1934), Botanist
    Built the Vineyard, later named Pollock House, in Pullens Lane in 1885

Headington people who served as Mayor of Oxford (up to 1962)

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