Colwell Brickenden

Colwell Brickenden (1663 - 1714) was a Clergyman and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.

Colwell Brickenden
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Stained glass in the Grundy Library, Abingdon School (by C.E Kempe). The name of Brickenden appears as an Old Abingdonian who became a master of an Oxford college.
23 August 1714


He was educated at John Roysse's Free School in Abingdon. (now Abingdon School) from 1675-1680.[1] He earned a B.A (1684/5) and M.A (1687) at Pembroke. B.D. & Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) 1710.


He resided at Clawton Manor in 1690 where he was rector. Also rector of Inkpen and inherited the Titcomb Estate in Kintbury following the death of his elder brother. He rebuilt the rectory and built Inkpen House in c.1695.[2] He obtained a prebend of Gloucester.

Brickenden became Master of Pembroke in 1710 after defeating a second candidate called William Hunt.[3] The close relationship between Abingdon School and Pembroke College resulted in seven Old Abingdonians being appointed as consecutive masters at Pembroke between 1710 and 1843. They were Brickenden 1710-1714; Matthew Panting, 1714-1738; John Ratcliffe, 1738-1775; William Adams, 1775-1789; William Sergrove 1789-1796; John Smyth, 1796-1809 and George William Hall, 1809-1843.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He had seven children, one of whom was Richard Brickenden.[2]

See alsoEdit

Academic offices
Preceded by
Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Preston, Arthur Edwin (1929). St.Nicholas Abingdon and Other Papers, pre isbn. Oxford University Press. p. 350.
  2. ^ a b "Inkpen House". Country Life.
  3. ^ Hinde/St John Parker, Thomas/Michael (1977). The Martlet and the Griffen. James and James Publishers Ltd. p. 55. ISBN 0-907-383-777.
  4. ^ "Object 6: Portrait of Thomas Tesdale". Abingdon School. Archived from the original on 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-13.