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Records of the Bursar / Bursarial Office / Bursarial function, 1548-[1970]

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCAR/1

Scope and Contents

Estate records and all College administrative records created by the Bursarial function or office.


  • Creation: 1548-[1970]

Conditions Governing Access

General administration files are generally closed for 30 years from date of creation, once transferred to Archives, but longer closure periods may apply.

Please ask the College Archivist about more recent records relevant to a particular research area, which may not yet have been published online but may be open for research (by appointment).

Biographical / Historical

List of Bursars [prior to 1827, the Bursarial function was shared between the Master, Steward, Receiver and Solicitors]: 1827 - 37 Rev. Richard Dawes; 1837 Professor Thomas Starkie; 1839 - 58 Philip Howard Frere; (1858) - 73 William Webster Fisher; 1873-1901 John Perkins; 1902 ?Master, Alex Hill; c. 1903-1911 James Henry Widdicombe; 1911-1924 Arthur Amos; 1924-32 (1935?) Frank Braybrook Smith; [1932-6?] Professor Hazeltine; 1934-59 James Grantham while on active service, 1941-5, Estates Bursar was John Hammond]; 1940 A.D. Imms; 1959-74 Malcolm Fisher; 1974-983 Stephen Fleet; 1983-1997 David Blackadder; 1997-Sept 2020 Susan Lintott [first professional Bursar, later Senior Bursar]; Oct 2020- Gavin Flynn.


c. 8.1 cubic metre(s)

Language of Materials



Paper records currently accrue at the rate of about 6 boxes per year.



Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
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