I have read quite extensively over the period of this research, and include a bibliography for anyone who may wish to read further.

– Mavis Curtis

Books about Elsfield or which have references to Elsfield or Elsfield residents:

Arkell, W.J. 1947. Oxford Stone. London, Faber and Faber.
Blanchett, Rev. A.W. ed. Top Oxon. No. 13. Winter 1966. A bulletin of Oxfordshire Local History.
Buchan, John. 1931. The Blanket of the Dark. 2001 edition. London, Stratus.
Buchan, John. 1940. Memory Hold-the-Door. London, Hodder and Stoughton.
Buchan, William. John Buchan: A Memoir. 1982. London, Buchan and Enright.
Buchan, William. 1990. The Rags of Time. Southampton, Ashford, Buchan and Enright.
Boswell. Life of Johnson. 1969 edition. London, Oxford University Press.
Clark, George Norman M.A. Fellow of Oriel College. The Manor of Elsfield. 1927. For private circulation.
Clark, Sir George. Elsfield Church and Village. 1975. Pamphlet.
Cole, Ann. Elsfield: Field and Woodland Survey. 1996. Unpublished.
Deneke, Helen. What Elsfield Remembers. 1956. Unpublished.
Gibson, Strickland. 1936. ‘Francis Wise B.D. Oxford Antiquary, Librarian and Archivist’ in Oxoniensia Vol. 1, pp. 173-195.
Lownie, Andrew. John Buchan. The Presbyterian Cavalier. 2002. London, Pimlico.
Masheder, Miriam. Carrier’s Cart to Oxford. 2007. Charlbury, Wychwood Press.
Tucker, Anthony and Gryn, Naomi. Jan. 22, 2005. “Dame Miriam Rothschild, an obituary.” The Guardian.
Tweedsmuir, Susan. 1947. John Buchan by his Wife and Friends. London, Hodder and Stoughton.
A Winter Bouquet. 1954. London. Gerald Duckworth and Co. Ltd.
Victoria County Histories. Vol. 5. 1957.

Books about the landscape, Oxfordshire in particular:

Bond, James. Oxfordshire Field Names. 1982. Oxford. Oxford Local History Society.
Bradburn, L.F. 1977. The Old Bank, Oxford. Oxford, Golden Head Press.
Emery, Frank. The Oxfordshire Landscape. 1974. London, Hodder and Stoughton.
Field, J. History of English field-names. 1993, Longman.
Gelling, Margaret. 1978. Signposts to the Past. London. J.M. Dent.
Gelling, Margaret and Cole, Ann. The Landscape of Place-names. 2000. Stamford, Shaun Tyas.
Hall, David. 1982. Medieval Fields. Aylesbury, Shire Publications.
Hoskins W.G. The Making of the English Landscape. 1955. London, Hodder and Stoughton.
Muir, Richard. How to Read a Village. 2007. Ebury Press.
Ancient Trees, Living Landscapes. 2005. Stroud, Tempus.
Rackham, Oliver. The History of the Countryside. 1986. Great Britain, Dent.
Steane, John. Unpublished field notes.
Oxfordshire. 1996. London, Pimlico.
Thirsk, Joan (ed). 2000. The English Rural Landscape. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
Tiller, Kate and Darkes, Giles (ed). 2010. An Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire. Oxford, Oxfordshire Record Society.

Oxfordshire life:

Gresswell, Peter (ed). 2000. Village Voices. Stanton St. John 1900-2000. Stanton St John, Gresswell.
Horn, Pamela (ed). Village Education in Nineteenth-Century Oxfordshire. 1979. Vol. 51. Oxfordshire Record Society.
Horn, Pamela. “The Village in Victorian Oxfordshire” in Oxfordshire Local History Society. 1983. Vol. 1 No. 6 (Spring 1983). pp. 17-32.
Horn, P.L.R. 1973. “Old Age and the Oxfordshire Labourer 1870-1914” in Oxoniensia XXXVIII. pp. 373-380.
Horn, Pamela. Labouring Life in the Victorian Countryside. 1976. Dublin, Gill and Macmillan.

General reading:

Clark, Colin and Greenfield, Margaret. 2006. Here to Stay. The Gypsies and Travellers of Britain. Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire Press.
Dudgeon, Piers (ed). 1989. Village Voices. London, Pilot Productions. About the WI.
Fortey, Richard. The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum. 2008. London, Harper Collins.
Horn Pamela. 2007. Life as Victorian Lady. Stroud, Sutton.
Horn, Pamela. 1999. Pleasures and Pastimes in Victorian Britain. Stroud, Sutton.
Horn, Pamela. 1975. The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant. 2000 edition. Stroud, Sutton.
Mingay, G.E. The Rural Idyll. London, Routledge. 1989.
Perkins, Harold. The Rise of Professional Society. 1989. London and Boston. Routledge.
Reay, Barry. Microhistories. Demography, Society and Culture in Rural England, 1800-1930. 1996. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Samuel, Raphael (ed). 1975. Village Life and Labour. London and Boston, Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Original documents:

Held at the Oxfordshire Records Office:

PAR 94/9MS/1/1 – Notebook containing historical notes and memoranda of the parish
PAR 94/14/1D/1 – Lease of school property
PAR 94/14/C1/3 – 25 letters between Rev. Gordon and Col. North, 11 Jan 1871 – 25 Aug 1873
PAR 94/1/R3/3 – Register of marriages, 1837-1970
PAR 94/1/R52 – Register of burials, 1813-1993
PAR 94/13 and PAR 94/13/F1/1 – Coal Club Accounts
PAR 94/13/F1/1 – Coal Club Accounts, 1835-1957
PA R94/13/F1/2 – Bank Book of Coal Club, 1950-57
03/2/44/A1/2 – Committee Minutes of the Women’s Institute, 1927-33
03/2/44/A1/1 – Minutes of the monthly meetings of the Women’s Institute, 1920-1937
03/2/44/A2/5 – Minutes of the monthly meetings of the Women’s Institute, 1938-1949
T/SL – 22 Parochial School Log Books, 1881-1955
Churchwarden’s Book
AV/PLU/A1/01 – Minute Book of Headington Board of Guardians

Held at the National Library of Scotland:

Inventory account 11628, Second Baron Tweedsmuir, Correspondence and papers concerning Elsfield manor 1932-94

Held at East Kent Archive:

U471/E49 – Papers concerning the Elsfield estate from the North archive

Held privately:

Minutes of the Social Club
Farming diaries of Keith Bradford




My grateful thanks to Keith Aldridge, Mo Aldridge, Keith Bradford, Sue Bradford, Richard Brown, Michael Clarke, Jill Dewhurst, Michael Dewhurst, Faith Garson, Audrey Hambidge, George Hambidge, Michael Haynes, Ruby Haynes, Ann Matthews, Lynn Morin, Richard Morin, Arthur Phipps, Pat Smith, Kate and Paul White, Dorothy Wilford.

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