Dr Christopher Currie

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Dr Christopher Currie
MA, D Phil (Oxon), F.R.Hist S., F.S.A.
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
20`` to 2019
Institute of Historical Research
Home institution:
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
020 7862 8740
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Early Modern, History, History of art, Manuscript studies, Medieval History, Modern History , Regional history
England, Europe, Wales
Summary of research interests and expertise:

European vernacular architecture and historical xylosiology; local history and topography; the independent state of Tristan da Cunha, and the comparative history and historiography of the other Londons, especially in North America

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:
Currently compiling a national list and analysis, with full transcriptions, of tenants' copies of court roll in England and Wales before 1400; a study of box hoists and tower clocks is in press
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
05-Apr-2019 'Why historians believe that customary tenants normally paid for their own buildings'

Journal articles

Vernacular Architecture 49 (2018), 38-43

24-Jun-2016 Accounts of Buildings

in Janet Cooper, The Victoria History of Herefordshire: Bosbury (October 2016)

31-Dec-2013 'Documentary Evidence: Medieval Peasant Houses in the Vale of White Horse, Oxfordshire', chapter 6.3 in Nat Alcock and Dan Miles, with contributions from ... Christopher Currie... The Medieval Peasant House in Midland England (Oxford, Oxbow, 2013), pp. 129-142.


Chapter in book

31-Dec-2013 (with Nat Alcock), 'Documentary History of Tudor House, 67 The Causeway (STE-B) and 71 The Causeway, Steventon (STE-D)', ibid. pp 238-247. (with Nat Alcock), 'Documentary Histories [of Steventon houses] ' in 'Counties: Individual Reports: Oxfordshire: STE-A...pp. 7-12; STE-C .. pp. 6-8; STE-E .. pp. 7-15; STE-F; STE-G; STE-H; STE-I; STE-J; STE-K; STE-L, STE-M; STE-N' [pdfs, 89 pp], ibid. CD-ROM appendix.


Detailed descents of individual houses surveyed in the project

21-Oct-2013 'Domestic Buildings',


pp. 16-19 and 20-1 in Janet Cooper, The Victoria History of Herefordshire: Eastnor (2013).

31-Dec-2012 'Shrinkage of Settlement in Steventon, Berkshire (now Oxon.). 1380-1560',


Medieval Settlement Research, 28 (2013), pp. 28-42.

31-Dec-2009 English translation (with Nathaniel Alcock, Lynn T Courtenay, and Rebecca Miller) of Roof Frames from the 11th to the 19th Century: Typology and Development in Northern France and in Belgium .., ed Patrick Hoffsummer (Architectura Medii Aevi 3), Turnhout, Brepols, 2009; 376 pp [translated from Les

Research aids

translation of 2 chapters and assistance with the rest.

01-Oct-2009 'Another Giant 'Peasant' House? The Site Identification of Priory Cottages, Steventon, Oxfordshire',


Corrects long-standing assumption that the house was the manor house

01-Oct-2009 Odda’s chapel, Ealdred’s inscriptions? The Deerhurst inscriptions in some continental contexts


Historical Research, vol.83, issue 219 (Feb. 20100

01-Jan-2004 The Unfulfilled Potential of the Documentary Sources

Vernacular Architecture xxxv

01-Jan-2004 V.C.H. Middlesex XII : Chelsea

Publications available on SAS-space

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