Correspondence of Alfred Beesley

Scope and Content

About 346 letters addressed to Alfred Beesley, relating to his History of Banbury, in four volumes, with a list of correspondents' names at the commencement of each.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Beesley (1800-1847) was a historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The letters were bought from G.A. Poynder, Reading bookseller, in 1912.


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. VI, nos. 35748-51.