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Correspondence of Alfred Beesley


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About 346 letters addressed to Alfred Beesley, relating to his History of Banbury, in four volumes, with a list of correspondents' names at the commencement of each, all except MS. Top. Oxon. d. 108 in chronological order: the letters of about twenty-five writers are included in the index to this catalogue.


  • Creation: 1838-1848


0.20 Linear metres (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Oxon. d. 108, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. Oxon. d. 108-111

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11736


Correspondence of Alfred Beesley relating to his History of Banbury.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Beesley (1800-1847) was a historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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. VI, nos. 35748-35751.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letters were bought from G.A. Poynder, Reading bookseller, on Dec. 4, 1912.


9 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.

Correspondence of Alfred Beesley
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom