Oxford Police Records

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Top. Oxon. b. 129-63, c. 320-2, e. 242-55
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      52 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Oxford police records, including:  

  • Thirty-four volumes containing reports entered nightly by the inspectors of the Oxford Police between 5 October 1829 and 1 January 1869, relating to the condition of their men and the occurrences on the various beats
  • Police record of prostitutes, 1827-68
  • Six volumes written by Proctors and Pro-Proctors and containing entries in roughly alphabetical order relating to the caution, detention, and committal of prostitutes, 1822-1853
  • Six alphabetical registers, 1831-68, of persons reported to or detained by the University Police

Administrative / Biographical History

Oxford police.

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 records were transferred to the Library from the Proctor' Office in 1929.


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).

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