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The catalogue contains details of the various documents, photographs, maps, audiovisual material, books, journals and will transcriptions held in the Club's archives. The audiovisual material includes the Club's two oral history collections – 'Radley Remembered' and 'A Tale to Tell'. The catalogue has three main elements:

  • Topic lists: items are listed according to one of 17 topics. Within each topic category, items are listed by type – maps, books, documents, photographs, audiovisual (as applicable). Where an item is relevant to more than one category, it is listed in the category of greatest relevance. If you can't find an item under the category that first occurs to you, it may be worth looking under other categories that might also be relevant.
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Topics and their coverage

Topic Coverage


Radley’s archaeology and wider archaeological material of direct relevance to Radley.


Material about these two counties (either pre or post 1974 boundaries) which is either about the county as a whole, or is mainly about places in them other than Radley. For example, a history of Oxford or Abingdon would be listed here even if it mentions Radley.


Buildings in Radley and wider material about buildings of direct relevance to Radley.

Censuses, registers and population

Statistics etc. about Radley’s population, including births, deaths and marriages.


Anything to do with St James the Great Church, including the Vicarage, Church Room, clergy, parochial church council and church related charities.


Radley’s shops and pub, other local businesses, sport and social clubs (including Radley History Club), fetes and other village events, Clerk of Green Cloth etc.

Farms and land

Radley (and nearby) farms, farming practice, land records including manorial land records and 1633 terrier. Includes material about farmers/labourers/owners if more about the farms/land than about their families.

General history

Material which is about general or national historical issues, or about areas outside Berkshire/Oxfordshire, that is of little direct relevance to Radley

Manor, Park and College

Radley and Sugworth manors and their lords, Radley manor house, park and grounds. All material about the Stonhouse and Bowyer families and Radley College. Includes records about the ‘domain’ land directly used by the manor, but not land let to others (which are in the ‘Farms and land’ category).

News, newspapers, directories

A general category for news items and publications that do not fall into one of the other categories.

Parish council

Elections, meetings, decisions, parish plans planning applications and proposals, site of village hall, etc. Also items about the civil parish boundary. This heading excludes items to do with the ecclesiastical parish (which come under the ‘Church’ category).


Families and individuals who have lived in Radley or had significant dealings with Radley, unless covered by one of the other categories. For example, material about the Stonhouse and Bowyer families is found under the category ‘Manor, Park and College’).


Items about specific parts of Radley, such as Radley Lakes, Lower Radley, Radley Little Wood, the River Thames and the mobile home parks. Includes places just outside the parish boundary where of clear Radley relevance. This category is also used for general material about Radley as a whole.

Primary School

Radley’s primary school and predecessor schools on the current site. Includes any general material about education, but not material specifically about Radley College (on which see the category ‘Manor, Park and College’).

Railway and other transport

Material about the railway, roads, bus services, etc. – either in Radley itself or routes passing through Radley.

Taxes, valuations and tithes

Formal exercises such as the hearth tax, 1849 tithe commutation, and land tax and rating records.

Unsorted general collections

Mixed collections of material forming part of a single acquisition that has not yet been sorted into subject categories.