Bishop William of Wykeham
- Born: 1324
- Died: 1404 aged 80
The Black Death (C) Philip Ziegler 1969
Pg 212. When William of Wykeham did begin to indulge in substantial commutation of services against money payments it was more to raise money for his projects at New College and Winchester than because of pressures generated by the Black Death.
Pg 223. Similarly, a few years later, William of Wykeham, wishing to cure 'the general disease of the clerical army, which we have observed to be grievously wounded owing to the small number of the clergy, as a result of pestilences, wars and other miseries of the world'. founded New College to repair the deficiency. But New College owed more to the Black Death than the inspiration for its creation. According to tradition, backed by Thorold Rogers, New College Garden was the site of Oxford's largest plague pit, an area formally covered by houses but depopulated by the epidemic and converted to its grisly purpose
Noted events in his life were:
• Founder: New College: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.
• Founder: Winchester College: Winchester, Hampshire, England.
• Bought: Broughton Castle, 1377, Broughton, Oxfordshire, England.