William Henry Charsley

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William Henry Charsley (1820 – 2 November 1900) was an English academic, Master of Charsley's Hall, Oxford from 1865 to 1891.

Born at Beaconsfield in 1820, Charsley was a boy at Uppingham School, from where he matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford. He migrated to St Mary Hall after being blinded in an accident, and from there he graduated, to become a well-regarded tutor. He founded Charsley's Hall, a new Permanent Private Hall at Oxford in 1856 and was the licensed Master of it until 1891, when he was succeeded by Charles Abdy Marcon.[1][2][3]

The History of the University of Oxford states that

One small establishment, however, filled a niche in the market by receiving idle or incapable students removed from the colleges. For nearly thirty years W. H. Charsley presided over a hall in Parks Road whose members, though few in number, were distinguished for their athletic prowess.[4]

Charsley died at Great Malvern on 2 November 1900.[3] The Oxford Magazine noted that he had been well known in the University.[5] In R. W. Hiley's Memories of Half a Century (1899), Charsley is described as "honoured, respected and beloved by all... a fine man in person, of superior mind, a good scholar".[6]


  1. ^ Uppingham school roll, 1824-1913 (Uppingham School, 1914)
  2. ^ Oxford University Calendar 1866, p. 346
  3. ^ a b The Annual Register of World Events (Longmans, Green, 1901) p. 145
  4. ^ T. H. Aston, Brian Harrison, The History of the University of Oxford, vol. 7, Part 2 (1994), p. 120
  5. ^ The Oxford magazine, Volume 19, p. 76
  6. ^ Richard William Hiley, Memories of Half a Century (1899), p. 55: "The above description of some of the members that composed our body shall be closed with a slight biography of two men, honoured, respected and beloved by all who knew them..."