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James Ford's Collections for the County of Suffolk


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'Collections for the County of Suffolk' made by the Rev. James Ford (d. 1850), who was perpetual curate of St. Lawrence, Ipswich, from 1808 to 1830. They are very largely copies of monumental inscriptions.

Much of these volumes is blank, but the copies of monumental inscriptions, often accompanied with drawings of arms and sketches, are valuable.


  • Creation: c.1812-1830


0.50 Linear metres (10 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Suffolk d. 4, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. Suffolk d. 4-13

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20044


James Ford's Collections for the County of Suffolk.

Biographical / Historical

James Ford (1779–1850) was an antiquary and benefactor.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 29670-29679.

Custodial History

Each volume bears the collector's armorial bookplate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In the second part of the Hartley sale, May 3, 1886, these collections were lot 66, and bought for the Library for £19.

James Ford's Collections for the County of Suffolk
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Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom