Photographs of Listed Buildings taken by P.S. Spokes

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      GB 161 MSS. Top. Berks. c. 54-6; Top. gen. c. 107-11
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Scope and Content

Photographs of 'listed' buildings taken by P.S. Spokes for the National Monuments Record, consisting of:  

  • Berkshire (Abingdon-Faringdon, Fyfield, Harwell-Wytham)
  • Other counties (Buckinghamshire-Gloucestershire, Hampshire-Northamptonshire, Northumberland-Surrey, Sussex-Wiltshire, Yorkshire)

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Spencer Spokes MA Bsc FSA (1893-1976) worked for the National Buildings Record during the Second World War making a photographic record of properties. He went on to list buildings of architectural and historic merit in Oxford for the Ministry of Town and Country Planning. He later became a member of the extra staff at the Bodleian Library, where he remained for the rest of his life. From 1951 to 1973 Spokes worked as an Oxford City Councillor, holding the offices of Sheriff, Lord Mayor and Alderman and serving on various committees. Further details can be found in Ann Spokes Symonds, The Life of Peter Spencer Spokes (Oxford: Ann Spokes Symonds, 1996).

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The photographs were bought from P.S. Spokes, 1956-73.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 53748-55.

Related Material

See also Photographs of Buildings in Oxfordshire, taken by P.S. Spokes (MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 483-503).

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