Oxfordshire Record Society

Welcome to the website of the Oxfordshire Record Society

The Oxfordshire Record Society was founded in 1919. The Society's objectives are to publish transcripts, abstracts and lists of the primary sources for the history of the County of Oxfordshire and generally to stimulate interest in archives relating to Oxfordshire. The Society aims to publish a volume a year. The volumes appear in hard covers, and are carefully prepared by specialists in their subject. Each volume contains a substantial historical introduction to the edited text and a full index. Hard back copies are limited editions one copy is free to members (personal and institute) whilst only a limited number of other hardback copies are published. General sale copies are softback.

Suggestions for future volumes are most welcome, please contact the General Editor.

Within these pages you can access full details of the range of the Society's publications and activities. We welcome all enquiries for membership from those individuals or institutions with an interest in the history of Oxfordshire.

Recent volumes issued by the Society include:

    New ORS Publication

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    The Life & Times of a Charlbury Quaker - the Journals of William Jones 1784-1818 edited by Hannah Jones (Hardback)  25.00 (Order book via Contact Form)

    Volume 69 of the Oxfordshire Record Society series is devoted to a transcription of the first three journals of a Charlbury Quaker, William Jones. He compiled ten journals in total from 1784 when age 22 until his death in 1838. The first three, transcribed here in full, cover the period of his life until 1818. He describes his entries as ‘Benefical to my Minde... as it caused me to Recolect how I had passed the Day and wether I had done anything that was rong’.

    The editor, Hannah Jones is a graduate of University of Wales Lampeter and postgraduate of Aberystwyth University. She has worked at Oxfordshire History Centre since 2000, and qualified as an archivist in 2007.


    • Oxfordshire Friendly Societies 1750-1918, edited Shaun Morley
    • An Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire (ed. Kate Tiller and Giles Darkes)
    • Bishop Wilberforce's Memoranda Books, ed. Ronald & Margaret Pugh
    • Oxfordshire and N. Berkshire Protestation Returns and Tax Assessments 1641-2, ed. J. Gibson
    • Oxfordshire Muster Rolls, 1538-42, ed. P. Beauchamp
    • Index to the Probate Records of Oxfordshire 1733-1857, ed. D. M. Barratt, J. Howard-Drake and M. Priddey
    • Brightwell Parish Diaries, 1774-1892, ed. M. Spurrell
    • Oxfordshire Forest Pleas, ed. B. Schumer
    • Woodstock Borough Court Books, ed. R. Taylor et al


    The annual subscription is at present 12.00, entitling members to receive volumes at less than the price at which they are sold to the general public, and to attend the Annual General Meetings of the Society.

    The Society’s Annual General Meeting is held in September, normally followed by a lecture on the subject of the society’s recent publications. The AGM's are held in the beautiful settings of a university or a country home.

    New members, whether individual or institutional, are most welcome. Members are entitled to a complimentary copy of the Society’s annual publication, together with special discount on previous publications. Because of these special terms, membership is for minimum of two years. Details of subscription rates and an application / standing order form can be found on the membership page.

    The Society’s publications are available to non-members; information is available on the publications page.

    Officers of the Society

    All officers can be contacted by letter or email via the Secretary Oxfordshire Record Society, Mr. Shaun Morley,Tithe Corner, 67 Hill Crescent, Finstock,Chipping Norton,OX7 3BT.

    Please see Contact and Society Officers' page.