Balliol College Archives & Manuscripts


Ecclesiastical Patronage

The College has had ecclesiastical patronage since the 13th century, and as late as 1918 acquired the advowson of several additional parishes.  There have been many changes in the last hundred years as a result of exchanges, amalgamations and rationalisation.  As a result, in many cases the College's patronage is now shared (e.g. Abbotsley, a Balliol parish since the 14th century, is now associated with Great Gransden, Little Gransden & Waresley, which had no historic link with the College).  But in some cases, e.g. Long Benton, a Balliol parish since the 14th century, the sole patronage of both modern parishes remains in the College's hands.

A complete list of the benefices which the College still has an interest in is given below.  See also the Gazetteer.

For records pertaining to College livings, see links in the Summary Catalogue.


Bath and Wells



Timsbury & Priston



Colchester: Myland


Colchester: New Town & The Hythe


Fordham & Eight Ash Green



Great Horkesley



Tendring and Little Bentley with Beaumont cum Moze



Abbotsley and Great Gransden and Little Gransden and Waresley


Burbage with Aston Flamville


Ingham, Cammeringham & Fillingham


Leire with Ashby Parva and Dunton Bassett



Willoughby & Ulceby



St Mary at Hill with St Andrew Hubbard, St George Botolph Lane & St Botolph by Billingsgate


Long Benton: St Bartholomew, St Mary Magdelene


Barrowden and Wakerley with South Luffenham

St Albans

Blunham, Tempsford & Little Barford





Silsoe, Pulloxhill & Flitton



Bere Regis, Affpuddle & Turnerspuddle


Duloe & Herodsfoot

The College values its links to these benefices, which are coordinated by a Committee of Fellows under the Chairmanship of the Chaplain, the Revd Bruce Kinsey.



- Anna Sander

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