Deposited records | Oxfordshire County Council

Deposited records

We hold a variety of records from depositors and donors.

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Record offices were originally established to look after the records of the county or borough councils. Only subsequently did they encourage external bodies and individuals to give or deposit records with them which they considered to be of local value.

Gifts and deposits such as the records of an organisation, business or family, each regarded as unique archives, have been ordered into categories of depositor.

The Church of England is large enough to be a category in itself, but others are grouped as follows:

Nonconformists

The Oxfordshire History Centre holds records for many nonconformist groups. These records are available to consult in the searchroom, though there may be closure periods on some records. To search the catalogues of these records please use Heritage Search

Business records

Oxfordshire History Centre houses a variety of business archives, mainly covering the 18th to 20th centuries.  Some of the chief examples include:

  • Early’s Blanket Company (Witney)
  • Frank Cooper, marmalade manufacturers (Oxford)
  • Brakespear and Sons, brewers (Henley)
  • Shepherd and Woodward, tailors and outfitters (Oxford)
  • Hunt, Edmunds and Co., brewers (Banbury)
  • Cape and Co., drapers (Oxford)
  • Daniel Young, mechanical engineers (Witney)
  • Morrells Brewery (Oxford)
  • Symm and Co. Ltd., builders (Oxford)
  • Find out more (pdf format, 22Kb)

Solicitors' records

Solicitors’ records relating to Oxfordshire people and premises are kept in large numbers at Oxfordshire History Centre. The largest collections, such as Stockton and Fortescue of Banbury, Marshall  and Galpin of Oxford, and Cooper and Caldicott of Henley consist of over 50 or 100 boxes.

Organisation records

Oxfordshire History Centre holds a variety of documents deposited by a range of local organisations, societies and clubs.  Some significant collections that we hold include:

  • The Oxford Union
  • Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • Oxford Playhouse
  • Oxford Jewish Congregation
  • Oxford Prison
  • Wallingford Farm Training Colony/Turner’s Court.
  • Find out more (pdf format, 20Kb)

Manorial records

Manorial collections relating to Bloxham, Adderbury, Glympton, Claydon, and Horley and Hornton are some of the collections deposited at the History Centre.

Estate records

Records of individual estates make up a large number of the records relating to privately owned properties in Oxfordshire. 

Family records

Collections of documents deposited by or relating to specific families can include diaries, letters, photographs, wills, genealogical notes and family trees, family bibles, title deeds, registration papers, certificates and financial records.

Records of Oxfordshire families are kept at the History Centre.

Health records

The records of health care provision for Oxfordshire are split between Oxfordshire History Centre and the Oxfordshire Health Archives. Oxfordshire Health Archives selects and cares for the historic archives of NHS hospitals in Oxfordshire. Their holdings, including a very useful list of Oxfordshire hospitals, can be viewed at their website.

The health collections held at Oxfordshire History Centre relate largely to the administrative bodies for healthcare provision in Oxfordshire.

Personal records

Our ‘Private Records’ are the personal papers of individuals who lived or worked in Oxfordshire. As you can imagine, this category can contain a wide range of items such as letters, diaries, photographs, financial papers, reminiscences, and testamentary documents.

Due to the contents of some of the records, it may be necessary to close them in order to comply with Data Protection legislation. Any item which has been closed should be clearly marked in the catalogue, but please check with staff if you have any queries.

Last reviewed
09 May 2017
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