Part of a extensive rare multi-volume set, this publication, Vol XII part II covers Oxfordshire and Rutlandshire. The idea behind this set of publications was to visit every county in England and Wales and produce a volume comprising text and numerous engravings.
Published in 1813 this volume dedicates some 580 pages to Oxfordshire and another 160 to Rutlandshire. Describing the places, topography, agriculture, history and antiquities in great detail, coupled with the engravings, this is a wonderful source.
Charting the history of Oxfordshire from Roman times through to the early 1800s, particular attention is paid to the city of Oxford as well as it's colleges, with thorough descriptions of the major buildings on campus. After the city of Oxford, the author , J.N. Brewer, moves on to the hundreds of the county. The information for Rutlandshire is similar to that provided for Oxfordshire.
For anyone interested in either Oxfordshire or Rutlandshire this is an extremely valuable and important publication.
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First published in London in 1899 by Eliot Stock as part of the 'Popular County Histories' Series, and republished here is J. Meade Falkner's A History of Oxfordshire. Containing some 336 pages, Falkner's history of the county is, in his own words essentially a sketch history of the county, which unavoidably treats to a large extent on the university and as a book that was intended for a popular audience authorities are kept to a bare minimum. Nevertheless, A History of Oxfordshire is well-written and thoroughly absorbing account of the county from its pre-Roman origins down to the end of the eighteenth century.
John Meade Falkner (1858-1932) was educated at Marlborough College before gaining a history degree from Hertford College, Oxford. He was the private tutor to the children of Sir Andrew Noble who ran Armstrong Whitworth Co., then one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world. Falkner was to succeed Sir Andrew as chairman of the company and presided over the company during WWI. Famous as a novelist and poet, Falkner is best-known for his 1898 novel, Moonfleet, as well as poetry, Falkner was also an avid collector of antiquities, which he collected from all over the world. Amongst Falkner's non-fiction works were a Handbook for Travellers in Oxfordshire (1894). A Handbook for Berkshire (1902), Bath in History and Social Tradition (1918) as well as A History of Oxfordshire (1899).
Beginning with a description of the topography and indigenous peoples of Oxfordshire before the arrival of the Romans A History of Oxfordshire then portrays the consecutive occupations of the county by the invading Romans, the Saxons and the Danes before the arrival of the Norman conquerors when the boundaries of modern Oxfordshire were drawn-up and consolidated. There follows chapters roughly covering the reigns of Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, Richard I, John and Henry II, before protracted treatise on the the University of Oxford. Starting with the early beginnings of the University during the reign of Henry I and the monastic Oxford schools there are successive chapters on two of the founding fathers of the University, Wykeham and Wyclif. As well as chapters on the University on the fourteenth century and medieval periods. From this point onward Falkner provides a more balanced account of the history of the county during the reigns of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the religious houses in the county, Elizabeth I and Mary before the turbulent years of the Stuarts and the pivotal part played by the county of Oxfordshire during the periods of the Civil War, the Commonwealth and the Restoration.
Although sold as a 'popular' history, A History of Oxfordshire is much more than a mere primer. Given the learned background of its author, coupled with his skill as a writer of fiction and poetry, A History of Oxfordshire presents one of those happy mediums, a thoroughly readable and entertaining history book.
First published in London in 1882 and republished here is the third edition of John Murray's Handbook for Travellers to Berks, Bucks & Oxfordshire. Containing some 383 printed pages, the original title of the publication reads as follows: A Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks, & Oxfordshire. Including a Particular Description of the University & City of Oxford, & the Descent of the Thames to Maidenhead & Windsor.
Travel writing as it is understood today can perhaps be traced to 1828 and Karl Baedeker's Rheinreise von Mainz bis Cöln. This was quickly followed by John Murray's Handbook for Travellers on the Continent and indeed Baedeker and Murray were to collaborate for the formers first publication in English in 1861. Murray's Handbooks for Travellers set the standard for English travellers for the rest of the nineteenth-century until Murray's was taken-over by the Muirhead brothers and their famous 'Blue Guides' in 1915.
John Murray (1809-1892) was educated at the prestigious English public school, Charterhouse from where he enrolled at Edinburgh University and following his studies he travelled extensively on the continent and this was the basis for his development of the first successful modern guidebooks, the Murray's Handbook for Travellers series. This series was begun in 1836 at a time when domestic and foreign travel was opening up, the guides came to cover all of Britain, the continent and further afield. Writers and contributors to these guides included known and unknown correspondents, including Thomas Cook correcting details about the Nile steamer, John Ruskin on Italian hotels and Felix Mendelssohn who recommended a hotel where he lived 'with a party of several ladies'. With their distinctive red covers and gold lettering Murray's handbooks became known and famous throughout the world. By the time the business was sold Murray's had help produce 400 titles and editions in the Handbook for Travellers Series and the company was also responsible for publishing works by David Livingstone and Charles Darwing, amongst many others.
This edition of Murray's Handbook for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, details 28 routes throughout the three counties in question and includes detailed introductory notes on each. The routes begin at Windsor Castle and the Great Park at Windsor in Buckinghamshire - a detailed plan for which is included - and ends in Oxford. Each route is introduced by the overall distance to be travelled, the available modes of transport, typically by rail and provides extremely details topographical, geological and historical information for all of the places of note in between the start and destination. The original is fully-indexed and contains many hundreds of contemporary advertisements, mainly for hotels in the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe.
Republished here is a chance to own own Murray's Handbook for Travellers to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, one the publications that set the standard for independent travel literature throughout the English-speaking world.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
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This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
A comprehensive history.
Book kindly loaned by the Oxfordshire Record Office. Funds from the sale of CDs will pay for the restoration of this old book.
A very comprehensive history of Banbury.
Extremely important records! All of the old records of the borough, transcribed and published in this old book.
The original records have not been deposited with the Oxfordshire Records Office, but are still at Burford, and therefore this is effectively the only way of accessing them. The book was published as a very limited edition, and is now very rare indeed.
This book was kindly loaned the Archive CD Books by the Oxfordshire Record Office. Funds from the sale of CDs will pay for the restoration of this old book.
A very comprehensive history of Henley.
A very comprehensive history of Witney.
Book kindly loaned by the Oxfordshire Record Office
Written in 1893 and printed for the Oxford Historical Society, this book gives the general history of these places with thought to their connection to National events. It also gives the pedigrees of important families, histories of the churches, colleges and manors of each area. For each there are also pages of extracts from the Hundred Rolls. If your ancestors lived in these parishes this book has lots of information that will tell you what life was like for them.
Two very large format volumes, by Kennett. (1818). Describing the churches and parishes in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. (Illustrated).
This book will always be popular with those having ancestors from the area.
Written in 1924, it gives a tour around all of the towns and villages explaining their history, antiquities, churches and people. Fascinating reading and great background information for your family history
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