Woodforde Family Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 76, d. 600, e. 333, e. 465-70, e. 555, f. 101-73, f. 381-2, f. 396; Eng. poet. e. 98; Eng. th. c. 67-8, d. 45-7, e. 55, e. 65-100, e. 153; Lat. liturg. d. 39
  • Dates of Creation
      17th-19th century
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, and Ancient Greek (to 1453).
  • Physical Description
      131 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of the Woodforde family, consisting of:  

  • Papers of Samuel Woodford, 1662-1695, including his diary, 1663-5
  • Papers of Robert Woodforde, 1697-1791, including interleaved and annotated volumes of a printed Bible and The book of common prayer (London, 1683); and a notebook containing a catalogue of books, with prices, in Robert Woodforde's hand and copies by Anna Maria Woodforde of letters from her to members of her family, 1780-91
  • Papers of James Woodforde, 1758-1826, including diaries, 1758-1802; and sermons, 1764-1826
  • Papers of Anna Maria Woodforde, 1800-30, including accounts, 1807-19; collections of verse; and an inventory of her goods, 1830
  • Miscellaneous papers of the Woodforde family, 1733-19th century

Administrative / Biographical History

The Woodforde family includes Samuel Woodford (1636-1700), Canon of Winchester, poet and divine; Robert Woodforde (1675-1762); James Woodforde (1740-1803), clergyman and diarist; and Anna Maria Woodforde (1757-1830). Details for Samuel and James are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The papers were acquired by the Library, 1950-63.


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. I, nos. 42715-845.


Extensive selections from the diary of James Woodforde were printed in The diary of a country parson, ed. James Beresford (5 vols., London, 1924-31), and Woodforde at Oxford 1759-76, ed. W.N. Hargreaves-Mawdsley (Oxford Historical Society, n.s. 21, Oxford, 1969).