Right outside my office door...
Cardinal Wolsey flanked by angels, founder of Christ Church in Oxford
AN EXTRACT FROM MY MEMOIR "OXFORD, A DECADE IN WONDERLAND"
Within a week of settling
into the Headington cottage, our new landlord paid us a visit. After
tea and conversation he crouched down beside my chair in the sitting
room and suggested in a most persuasive manner that I might be
interested in what he described, as a highly desirable secretarial
position. Barbara still laughs when she talks about that day. “Why
would he kneel beside your chair like that Anne, and why was he so
keen for you to take that job?”
In his enthusiasm, he
went as far as labelling said secretarial position as the most senior
secretarial post in the entire city of Oxford! I wondered about
that. The Dean of Christ Church he said, was the head of Oxford's
grandest and most prestigious college and he was in dire need of
assistance. “I’ll go and see him” I ventured rather
reluctantly. Little did he know, but employment was not on my agenda right
The following morning,
walking beneath Tom Tower and past eagle-eyed, bowler-hatted
custodians guarding the college entrance, I made my way across a
grassed quadrangle, past a pond with a black lead statue of Mercury,
Roman God of Speed, to a massive wooden door. The entrance to the
Deanery loomed in an intimidating manner.
Although I was duly
impressed by the grandeur of the place, I was still not enamoured
with the idea of instant employment. Standing with my hand on
the knocker I had second thoughts. How could I forgo such an
opportunity. A lover of England's royal history...I must admit King
Henry the V111's connection to this history-filled place was tempting.
More to follow tomorrow...
Photo copyright Anne Gordon
Posted by Anne Gordon on Wednesday, 13th November, 2013.