Records of Oxford Companies and Trade Guilds Collected by Frederick Joseph Morrell

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Morrell 1-25
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, and Latin.
  • Physical Description
      25 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

A collection of the records of Oxford companies and trade guilds of the mercers, grocers, cordwainers, tailors, butchers, and poulterers, collected by Frederick Joseph Morrell. The collection includes records of:  

  • the Company of Cordwainers, including ordinances, royal charters, minutes, and accounts, 1260-1846
  • the Company of Tailors, including election and order books, ordinances and minute books, 1570-1845
  • the Company of Mercers and Grocers, consisting of an account book of the company in Oxford, 1789-1852
  • the Company of Butchers and Poulterers, consisting of the rules and ordinances of the Company in Oxford, 1703, with lists of members and officers, 1707-18, and a few miscellaneous papers and receipts, 1702-3

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Joseph Morrell

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 collection was given to the Library in 1925 in memory of Frederick Joseph Morrell.


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

Other Finding Aids

P.S. Spokes, Summary Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library relating to the city county and university of Oxford. Accessions from 1916 to 1962 (Oxford, 1964).

Related Material

See also Records of the Oxford Company of Mercers and Woollen Drapers (MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 360-7(R))

Geographical Names