John Charles Cox (1843–1919) was an English cleric, activist and local historian.
He was born in
Parwich, Derbyshire, the son of Edward Cox, vicar of Luccombe, Somerset, and was educated at Repton School. He studied at  The Queen's College, Oxford, for two years from 1862, but left without graduating, becoming a partner in the Wingerworth Coal Company, Derbyshire. He remained with the company to 1885, but was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1881.
As rector of
Barton-le-Street from 1886, and of Holdenby from 1893, Cox made a reputation as "perhaps one of the most influential English local historians of the nineteenth century", an area he had written on from the 1870s.
From 1890 until approximately 1895, Cox was editor of the monthly antiquarian magazine,
. From 1900 he was in The Antiquary Sydenham, and concentrated on writing.
Cox was a political activist who "always focused on the need to fight for the socio-economic and political rights of the labouring poor".
He died on 23 February 1919.
List of selected publications
The Rise of the Farm Labourer: A Series of Articles ... Illustrative of Certain Political Aspects of the Agricultural Labour Movement (1874) with Henry Fisher Cox 
Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, 4 vols., 1877–9
How to Write the History of a Parish (1879; 5th ed., 1909)  
The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England ( Joseph Strutt, 1801), editor, 1903 
The Royal Forests of England (1905) 
English Church Furniture (1908), with Alfred Harvey 
The Parish Registers of England (1910) 
The Sanctuaries and Sanctuary Seekers of Medieval England (1911) 
The English Parish Church (1914) 
Lincolnshire (1916)  The Parish Churches of England; edited with additional chapters by Charles Bradley Ford. London: B. T. Batsford, 1935 (followed by later editions)
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Nurse, Bernard. "Cox, John Charles". (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/41055. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Elizabeth T. Hurren (18 June 2015). . Boydell & Brewer Ltd. p. 227. Protesting about Pauperism: Poverty, Politics and Poor Relief in Late-Victorian England, 1870-1900 ISBN . 978-0-86193-329-7
^ Nick Poyntz,
J. Charles Cox, Mercurius Politicus. Retrieved on 6 May 2017.
"A Radical Historian's Pursuit of Rural History: The Political Career and Contribution of Reverend Dr. John Charles Cox, c. 1844 to 1919", Elizabeth T. Hurren, Rural History, Volume 19, Issue 1, April 2008, pp. 81-103. Retrieved on 6 May 2016.
. 1874. The Rise of the Farm Labourer: a Series of Articles ... Illustrative of Certain Political Aspects of the Agricultural Labour Movement
John Charles Cox (1879). . Bemrose & Sons. How to Write the History of a Parish
^ Rev. J. Charles Cox,
, London: George Allen & Sons, 1909, 5th edition, revised. Retrieved on 6 May 2017. How to Write the History of a Parish: An Outline Guide to Topographical Records, Manuscripts, and Books
Joseph Strutt (1801). . Methuen & Company. The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: From the Earliest Period, Including the Rural and Domestic Recreations, May Games, Mummeries, Pageants, Processions and Pompous Spectacles
J Charles Cox (10 September 2010). . Kessinger Publishing. The Royal Forests of England (1905) ISBN . 978-1-164-10460-5
John Charles Cox; Alfred Harvey (1908). . Methuen. English Church Furniture
J. Charles Cox (1910). . Methuen. The Parish Registers of England
John Charles Cox (1911). . G. Allen & sons. The Sanctuaries and Sanctuary Seekers of Mediaeval England
J Charles Cox (1914). . B. T. Batsford. The English Parish Church
^ J. Charles Cox (1916),
, Lincolnshire Methuen & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 10 January 2019