Oxford History: Mayors & Lord Mayors


Sources used


Council Acts books
  • Turner, William H. Turner (1880). Selections from the records of the City of Oxford, with extracts from other documents, illustrating the municipal history: Henry VIII to Elizabeth (1509–1583). Oxford: James Parker & Co.
  • Salter, H. E. (1928). Oxford Council Acts: 1583–1626. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobson, M. G. & H. E. Salter (1933). Oxford Council Acts: 1626–1665. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobson, M. G. (1939). Oxford Council Acts: 1666–1701. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobson, M. G. (1954). Oxford Council Acts: 1701–1752. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hobson, M. G. (1962). Oxford Council Acts: 1752–1801. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Other transcribed/summarized original sources
  • Clark, Andrew (ed.) (1889). Register of the University of Oxford Vol. II, 1571–1622, Part II. Oxford Historical Society. [This part contains lists of brewers, bakers, matriculated tradesmen, and persons apprenticed under the authority of the University, as well as lists of citizens taking (or refusing to take) the oath to observe the privileges of the University, etc.]
  • Clark, Andrew (ed.) (1889). “Survey of the Antiquities of the City of Oxford”, composed in 1661–6 by Anthony Wood, Vol. III: Addenda. Oxford Historical Society.
  • Clark, Andrew (ed.) (1889). Wood’s History of the City of Oxford (new edition), Vol. I.
  • Kelly’s Directory.
  • Mitchell, W. T., (1980). Registrum Cancellarii 1498–1506. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Ogle, Octavius (1892). Royal Letters Addressed to Oxford and Now existing in the City Archives. James Parker & Co.
  • Salter, H. E. (1920). Munimenta Civitatis Oxonie. Oxford Historical Society.
  • Salter, H. E. (1924). Snappe’s Formulary and Other Records. Oxford: Clarendon Press, for Oxford Historical Society.
  • Salter, H. E. (1912), Records of Medieval Oxford. Oxford Chronicle Company.
  • Salter, H. E. (1923). Surveys and Tokens. Oxford Historical Society. This reproduces (1) A survey of Oxford in 1772); (2) Sport and pastime in Stuart Oxford; (3) Subsidies in 1543, 1544, and 1648; (4) The Hearth Tax of 1665; (5) The Poll Tax of 1667; and (6) A subsidy of 1667. The final third of the book gives information about Oxford tradesmen’s tokens, with photographs.
  • Salter, H. E. (1913), The Oxford Deeds of Balliol College. Oxford: privately printed by Horace Hart at the University Press
  • Salter, H. E. (1926). Oxford City Properties. Oxford Historical Society.
  • Thorrold Rogers, J. E. (ed.) (1891). Oxford City Documents 1268–1661. Oxford: Clarendon Press, for the Oxford Historical Society.
  • Doble, C. E. and D. W. Rannie (eds.), Remarks and Collections of Thomas Hearne. Nine volumes, covering the years 1705–1735 (Oxford Historical Society, 1885–1898)
  • Clark, Andrew (ed.), The Life and Times of Anthony Wood, Antiquary, of Oxford, 1632–1695, Described by Himself. Five volumes, including index. Oxford (1891, reprinted for the Oxford Historical Society in 1992 by Antony Rowe Ltd.)
Victoria County History of the Counties of England:
Vol. IV: The City of Oxford

This published volume is also available online in its entirety. See especially:

Other secondary sources
  • Bowie, Duncan, Reform and Revolt in the City of Dreaming Spires: Radical, Socialist, and Communist Politics in the City of Oxford 1830–1980 (University of Westminster Press, 2018): can be downloaded here as a PDF (search for title)
    Images can be seen separately here
  • Cox, G. V., Recollections of Oxford (London: Macmillan, 1868)
  • Crossley, Alan, Oxford City Apprentices 1513–1602 (Oxford Historical Society, 2012)
  • Fenby, Charles, The Other Oxford. The Life and Times of Frank Gray and his Father (London: Lund Humphries, 1970)
  • Fletcher, C. J. H., A History of the Church and Parish of St Martin (Carfax), Oxford (Oxford: B. H. Blackwell, 1896)
  • Graham, Malcolm, Oxford City Apprentices 1697–1800 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, for Oxford Historical Society, 1987)
  • Carl I. Hammer Jr., ‘Anatomy of an Oligarchy: The Oxford Town Council in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Autumn, 1978), pp. 1–27
  • Hibbert, Christopher (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Oxford (London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988)
  • McKinley, Richard, The Surnames of Oxfordshire. English Surnames Series III. Oxford (Leopard’s Head Press, (1977)
  • Moore, Councillor C, Brief Notes Relating to Municipal Oxford 912–1896 (Oxford: James Parker & Co., 1896)
  • Norbury, Wendy. “Oxford Town Hall: Planning, building, and financing the Oxford municipal buildings of 1898”, Oxoniensia LXV (2000), 133–59.
  • Thorrold Rogers, J. E. (ed.), Oxford City Documents 1268–1661 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, for Oxford Historical Society, 1891)
  • Toynbee, Margaret and Young, Peter, Strangers in Oxford. A Side Light on the First Civil War, 1642–1646 (London and Chichester: Phillimore).
  • Tuckwell, William, Reminiscences of Oxford (London: Cassell, 1900). (Also second revised edition, London: Smith, Elder, 1907)
  • Turner, William H., Selections from the Records of the City of Oxford, with Extracts from Other Documents Illustrating the Municipal History: Henry VIII to Elizabeth [1509–1583] (Oxford: James Parker & Co., 1880)
  • Town Hall, Oxford: Centenary Year 1997 (Oxford City Council, 1997). (Pamphlet giving good overview, but with unfortunate inaccuracies.)
  • Whiting, R. C., Oxford. Studies in the History of a University Town since 1800 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993). (See esp. Chapter 1: “Intellect and civic responsibility: dons and citizens in nineteenth-century Oxford” and Chapter 7, “Oxford politics 1945–1990”.)
Other important general resources
  • Census returns for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891, and 1901. All Oxfordshire censuses are available on computers at at the Oxfordshire History Centre in Cowley and on the top floor of the Westgate Library. The 1841 and 1851 censuses have been transcribed and indexed and the 1871, 1891, and 1901 censuses indexed by the Oxfordshire Family History Society. The 1881 census has been transcribed by the Church of Latter Day Saints.
  • Surviving parish records. Originals and transcripts are available at the Oxfordshire History Centre in Cowley, and there are also transcripts on the top floor of the Westgate Library
Online resources
Sources relating to specific groups
  • Clockmakers: Beeson, C. F. C., Clockmaking in Oxfordshire 1400–1850 (Oxford: Museum of the History of Science, 1989)
  • Goldsmiths: Hansen, Ann Natalie, Oxford Goldsmiths before 1800 (Columbus, Ohio: At the Sign of the Cock, 1996)
Sources relating to specific mayors and their families
  • Morrell family: Allen, Brigid, Morrells of Oxford. The Family and their Brewery 1743–1993 ([Oxford]: Oxfordshire Books, (1994)
  • William Sherwood: Sherwood, W. E,. Oxford Yesterday (Basil Blackwell, 1927)


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