Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association

LOST IN THE LONG BOOKS: EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COLLEGE GARDENS IN OXFORD

Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association (2017), 52, (135), 16–22.

Abstract

This paper considers the importance of using financial papers in the study of the management and operation of Oxford college gardens in the eighteenth century. Printed works on college gardens in Oxford have generally ignored the wealth of material available in the archives. The lack of specific garden material such as surveys and plans means that the surviving records in the financial collections are of great importance. Studying the various accounts and the surviving bills for each college provides a more accurate way for understanding of the actual costs of maintaining the gardens as well as identifying specific features. The college gardens during the eighteenth century required the services of numerous tradesmen and gardeners to keep order in the green spaces and the bills indicate the specific roles they played.

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Parker, Toby