Towneley Manuscripts

Scope and Content

Manuscripts owened by Charles Towneley, including material relating to various members of the Towneley family, particularly the antiquary Charles Towneley (1737-1805).

Administrative / Biographical History

Colonel Charles Towneley (1803-1876).

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 manuscripts were bought at the Col. Charles Towneley sale at Sotheby's, 19-20 April 1877.


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

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 29110-18.