A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 13, Bampton Hundred (Part One). Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1996.
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THE partnership between the University of London and the Oxfordshire County Council, as described in the Editorial Note to Volume IX of the History of Oxfordshire, has continued, and the University of London, for which the Victoria County History is published, again records its thanks to the Oxfordshire County Council for the generosity with which it has met the costs of compilation, aided by important contributions from the University of Oxford.
In Oxfordshire the work has been supervised by an Advisory Sub-Committee which reports to the County Council's Museums, Arts, Libraries, and Leisure Committee, the staff of the Oxfordshire V.C.H. being part of the Department of Leisure and Arts.
Almost all the research and writing for this volume was done in the years 1990-5. The help of many institutions and private persons who gave information and advice, or granted access to houses or to documents in their care, is acknowledged with gratitude. Many are mentioned in footnotes, and others are named in the preamble to the lists of illustrations and maps, but special thanks are rendered here to Bodley's Librarian and the staff of the Bodleian Library, to the Oxfordshire County Archivist and his staff, the Oxfordshire County Library service, particularly the staff of the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, the Oxford Archaeological Unit, the staffs of the Public Record Office, the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library, and of the National Monuments Record, the archivist of Berkshire, his Grace the duke of Norfolk and the archivist of Arundel Castle, the most Hon. the marquess of Bath and the archivist of Longleat House, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter cathedral and their archivist, the governing bodies and archivists of Balliol, Brasenose, Christ Church, Exeter, Jesus, Lincoln, Magdalen, Mansfield, New, Regent's Park, St. John's, Wadham, and Worcester Colleges, Oxford, Mrs. H. Babington Smith, Mr. P. Best, Dr. J. Blair, Major R. A. Colvile, Dr. A. Millard, Mr. R. Rosewell, Miss S. Stradling, and Mr. D. Sturdy.
The General Introduction to the Victoria County History, published in 1970, and its Supplement published in 1990 give an outline of the structure of the series as a whole, with an account of its progress.