Marston history: Famous people

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Other famous people of Marston

Marston Academics

In more recent years, Marston has been the home of a number of academics “of much note”. In addition to Howard Florey and Norman Heatley, the following seven academics who lived in Marston have entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

  • John Willoughby Tarleton Allen (1904–1979), Colonial educationist and Swahili scholar, lived at Halford House, 8 Boults Lane
  • John Langshaw Austin (1911–1960), Philosopher, lived at Walnut Tree House (Wikipedia)
  • Eric Robertson Dodds (1893–1979), Classical scholar, lived at Cromwell House, 17 Mill Lane (Wikipedia)
  • Leslie Fox (1918–1992), Mathematician, lived at 2 Elsfield Road (Wikipedia)
  • John Laker Harley (1911–1990), Botanist, lived at The Orchard, 12 Oxford Road
  • Clement Charles Julian Webb (1865–1954), Theologian and philosopher of religion, lived at Walnut Tree Cottage from 1922 and served as Churchwarden at the Church of St Nicholas

Marston Clergy

Pastor Konstantin Hopf, a member of the anti-Nazi German Confessing Church, escaped to England and, as Constantine Hope, was the first Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, New Marston. For more information see the article by Bruce Ross-Smith in the Oxford Magazine for Hilary Term 2011.

Full entries for the following are in the ODNB:

  • Carew Reynell (1693/5–1745), Writer on economics, Vicar of Marston 1729–35
  • William Richards (1643–1705), Clergyman and author, chosen as Preacher at Marston in 1666


An artist who painted scenes of Marston:

  • William Patrick Roberts (1895–1980), Painter, lived in a council property at 76 Copse Lane from 1940 to 1945 (see A. G. Williams: William Roberts, An English Cubist, and the ODNB)

Living famous people of Marston include Nigel Starmer-Smith, who played rugby for England in the 1960s and lived behind the church in a house to the north of Pond’s Lane (Wikipedia)


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