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Chitty, Herbert

1863 - 1949

Herbert Chitty was educated at Winchester College from 1876 to 1882 and then went on to Balliol College, Oxford to read Classics. He was a barrister at Inner Temple from 1889 and worked on the Western Circuit. In 1903, he was appointed Secretary to the Warden and Fellows of Winchester College. He held this job until 1927, along with roles as House Bursar 1907-11, Home Bursar 1911-1927 and Steward of the College Manors from 1911 to 1949. Added to these various roles, Chitty was also Keeper of Archives at Winchester College from 1927 to 1949. He wrote widely on all aspects of the history of Winchester College and people connected with the school.  He was the great historian of Winchester College.

He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Fellow of the Zoological Society


Winchester College Register 1901-1946, ed Wilson and Jackson (London, 1956)

Obituary in The Wykehamist, 947, February 1950


Herbert Chitty

Contribution to county’s history

Extensive research and writing on all aspects of the history and development of Winchester College, its estates and its pupils/staff/tenants  

Relevant published works

  • Chitty, H (1904), Editor Holgate’s Winchester Long Rolls 1723-1812

  • Chitty, H (1905), Winchester College Medal-speaking 1761-1815

  • Chitty, H (1926),  Registrum Thome Wolsey, Canterbury and York Society

  • Chitty, H (1926),  Registra Stephani Gardiner et Johannes Poynet, Canterbury and York Society  

  • Chitty, H (1926), Fromond’s Chantry at Winchester College, Archaeologia, LXXV

  • Chitty, H (1932), Medieval Sculptures at Winchester College

  • Chitty, H (1962), Thurbern’s Chantry at Winchester College, Antiquaries Journal, xlii, 1962;

  • Chitty, H  (ND) Transcriber The tarrage  rolls of the City of Winchester, 1417

He was a frequent contributor to Notes and Queries, the Hampshire Chronicle and The Wykehamist on various aspects of the history of Winchester College, its pupils and estates.

Critical Comments

Other Comments

Collection of his writings and his archive are held at Winchester College


Suzanne Foster, archivist at Winchester College


Winchester, Winchester College, Medieval Sculpture, Bishops’ registers

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