About VCH Oxfordshire

The Victoria County History of Oxfordshire is part of a major national local-history project known as the Victoria History of the Counties of England (or VCH).

Two 'general' Oxfordshire volumes were published in 1907 and 1939, but work on individual parishes and towns did not begin until the 1950s. So far 17 volumes have been published, covering two thirds of the ancient county, and a small team based in Oxford Central Library is working to complete the VCH's coverage. The most recent volumes appeared in 2011 and 2012, and work is well advanced on Volume XVIII (Ewelme Hundred), which will go to press in 2015 for publication the following year. A new project on the Wychwood area is in its early stages, to be completed around 2018 subject to adequate funding. That will just four volumes to go to complete the VCH's Oxfordshire coverage.

On this website you can read work in progress, find out about future plans and how to support us, or access published volumes. For more information, contact one of the county team profiled below.

Please note that places in the Vale of White Horse (absorbed into Oxfordshire in 1974) were covered in the Berkshire VCH series, published in 1906-27. Current projects all fall within the ancient (pre-1974) county of Oxfordshire.

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Staff Profiles

Simon Townley Simon Townley, County Editor

Dr Simon Townley (County Editor) joined Oxfordshire VCH in 1987, after completing a DPhil on medieval church and society in the West Midlands. He became County Editor in 1996. Contributions to Oxfordshire VCH include histories of Bampton, Carterton, Northmoor, Standlake, Stanton Harcourt, and Witney, together with the Oxfordshire EPE book Henley-on-Thames: Town, Trade and River (Phillimore 2009), sections in the 'Big Red Book' on Henley (Volume XVI), and Kelmscott in Volume XVII. He is currently working on Benson, Ewelme, and Berrick Salome. From 1989 to 1996 Simon edited the county history journal Oxoniensia, and he sits on the committees of the Oxfordshire Buildings Record, the Oxfordshire Local History Association, and Oxfordshire Record Society. He regularly gives talks to local societies, and has made several appearances on BBC Radio Oxford. Tel: 01865 328762; email simon.townley@history.ox.ac.uk

Dr Mark Page Mark Page, County Assistant Editor

Dr Mark Page (Assistant Editor) joined Oxfordshire VCH in 2005, having previously worked as a Research Fellow on the Winchester Pipe Rolls Project, and on the University of Leicester's Whittlewood Project. He is joint author (with Richard Jones) of Medieval Villages in an English Landscape: Beginnings and Ends (Windgather Press, 2006), which emerged from the Whittlewood work. Mark has published widely on related topics, and contributed extensively to VCH Oxfordshire XVI and XVII. His draft histories for Volume XVIII (Ewelme Hundred) are available on this website. He is currently working on the Wychwood area for Volume XIX. Email mrp15@le.ac.uk

Simon Draper Simon Draper, County Assistant Editor

Dr Simon Draper (Assistant Editor) joined VCH Oxfordshire in 2012, having previously worked for the VCH in Gloucestershire (2007-10), and for the University of the West of England's British Surnames project. A landscape historian by training, in 2005 Simon completed a Durham University PhD on the early landscape and settlement of Wiltshire, which was published in 2006 as Landscape, Settlement, and Society in Roman and Early Medieval Wiltshire. He researched and wrote several parish histories for VCH Gloucestershire, and since joining Oxfordshire has been working on Brightwell Baldwin and Newington for the Ewelme Hundred volume. He will shortly be starting work on the Wychwood area. Email simon.draper@history.ox.ac.uk