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Oxford University Act 1857
The 1854 Oxford University Act had provided for the appointment of Commissioners to inquire into the government of the university, and their powers had been extended by the 1856 Oxford University Act. This Act extended them further until 1 July 1858.
The text of the Oxford University Act 1857 was prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 16 October 2019.
Oxford University Act 1857
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An Act to continue the Powers of the Commissioners under an Act of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of HerMajesty concerning the University of Oxford and the College of St. Mary Winchester, and further to amend the said Act. [10th August 1857.]
17 & 18 Vict. c. 81.
WHEREAS an Act was passed in the Session holden in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of Her Majesty, Chapter Eighty-one, to make further Provision for the good Government and Extension of the University of Oxford, of the Colleges therein, and of the College of St. Mary Winchester, and the said Act has been amended by
19 & 20 Vict. c. 31.
an Act of the Session holden in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Years of Her Majesty, Chapter Thirty-one: And whereas by the first-recited Act it was provided that the Powers thereby conferred on the Commissioners for the Purposes of that Act should be in force until the First Day of January One thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven, and that it should be lawful for Her Majesty, if She should think fit, by and with the Advice of Her Privy Council, to continue the same until the First Day of January One thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight, and no longer: And whereas Her Majesty, by and with the Advice
of Her Privy Council, has continued the said Powers until the First Day of January One thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight: And whereas it is expedient that the said Powers should be further continued, and that the said first-recited Act should be amended as herein-after mentioned: Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:
Powers of the Commissioners continued until 1st July 1858.
I. The Powers conferred on the Commissioners by the first-recited Act, as extended by the secondly-recited Act and this Act, shall continue until the First Day of July One thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight; and all Powers, which under the said recited Acts respectively might have been exercised by Colleges or other Bodies or Persons during the Continuance of the Powers of the Commissioners under the first-recited Act, shall continue and may be exercised until the said First Day of July One thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight.
The Foundation of Mr. John Michel may be consolidated with the Old Foundation of Queen's College.
II. It shall be lawful for the Commissioners under the said Act of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Years of Her Majesty to frame such Ordinance or Ordinances as may appear to them expedient for consolidating the Foundation of John Michel Esquire, in the Queen's College in the said University with the Foundation of Robert de Eglesfield; commonly called the Old Foundation, in the said College, and for vesting the Endowments, Lands, Advowsons, and Real and Personal Property vested in the Visitors of the said Foundation of John Michel, or otherwise held for the Benefit of such Foundation, in the Provost and Scholars of the said Queen's College, and for placing the Foundation so consolidated under the Visitorship of the Lord Archbishop of York, the present Visitor of the Old Foundation of the said Queen's College, and for providing for the Discharge of the Duties of the Visitors of the Foundation of John Michel as towards the existing Fellows, Scholars, and Exhibitioners of that Foundation, and for establishing in respect of such consolidated Foundation, and the Emoluments, Property, and Income thereof, any such Regulations as under the said Act might be established in respect of a College of One Foundation and the Property and Income and College Emoluments thereof; such Ordinance or Ordinances, if sanctioned and confirmed as required in respect of the Ordinances framed by the Commissioners under Sections Twenty-eight and Twenty-nine of the same Act, shall take effect for the Purposes aforesaid in the, same Manner as if it had been within the Powers vested in the Commissioners under the said Sections, and all the Provisions of the said Act and the Act amending the same applicable to Ordinances framed by the Commissioners under the
said Act shall be applicable to such Ordinance or Ordinances as may be framed under the Powers of this Act.
Power to Colleges with Consent of Visitor to apply Property held for Purchase of Advowsons for Benefit of Colleges, &c.
III. It shall be lawful for any College within the University from Time to Time, with Consent of the Visitor, to appropriate and apply any Property, or the Income of any Property, held by or in trust for the College, for the Purpose that the same, or the Income thereof, may be applied in purchasing Advowsons for the Benefit of the College, to the Augmentation of the Endowment of Livings in the Patronage of the College to such Amount as may be by Law allowed, or towards the building of fit and suitable Parsonage Houses on any Livings in the Patronage of the College, or to the Foundation or Augmentation of Scholarships or Exhibitions, or to other Purposes for the Advancement of Religion, Learning, and Education within the College; and in exercise of this Power the College may annex to any Living in the Patronage of the College (by way of Augmentation of the Endowment of such Living) any Tithe Rentcharge which may be vested in the College, or any Portion thereof, in consideration of the Appropriation to other Purposes of' the College of a Part of the Trust Property or Income, not exceeding the Amount which the Visitor shall adjudge to be an adequate Consideration for the Tithe Rentcharge so to be annexed; provided that this Power shall not extend to Property or Income applicable to the Purchase of Advowsons for the Benefit of Scholars or Exhibitioners on any particular Foundation within a College.
Certain Provisions of 8 & 9 Vict. c. 18. incorporated with this Act and 17 & 18 Vict. c. 81. so far as relates to certain Lands.
IV. The Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, except the Parts and Enactments of that Act with respect to the Purchase and taking of Lands otherwise than by Agreement, and with respect to the Recovery of Forfeitures, Penalties, and Costs, and with respect to Lands required by the Promoters of the Undertaking, but which shall not be wanted for the Purposes thereof, shall be incorporated with and form Part of this Act and of the "Oxford University Act, 1854," so far as relates to Land within One Mile and a Half of Carfax in the City of Oxford required for the Erection of any Buildings for the Extension of the Buildings of the said University or of any College or Hall therein, or for Purposes of Utility or Recreation relating to the said University or to any College or Hall therein, and as if the Corporate Name of the University or College, as the Case may be, had been inserted therein instead of the Expression "the Promoters of the Undertaking."