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Collection Level Description: Papers of William Stukeley

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. b. 65-7, b. 72, c. 113-14, c. 306, c. 313-19, c. 321-3, c. 351, c. 355, c. 400-1, c. 533, c. 538, d. 143, d. 439-59, d. 480, d. 719, e. 121-41, e. 149-51, e. 195-6, e. 260, e. 374-90, e. 396, e. 403-4, e. 553-4, e. 650-2, e. 666-7, f. 93; Eng. lett. b. 2, c. 9-10, d. 35; Mus. e. 33; Num. e. 18; Top. eccles. d. 6; Top. gen. b. 52-3, c. 37, d. 13-14, e. 61, e. 66-8, g. 1; Top. Lincs. e. 7; Top. Northumberland e. 2; Top. Wilts. c. 4, e. 6
Title: Papers of William Stukeley
Dates of Creation: 1687-1861
Extent: 123 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

William Stukeley (1687-1765) was an Anglican clergyman, physician, antiquary and archaeologist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of William Stukeley, including diaries, correspondence, and notes on topography, antiquities and coins.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

One of Stukeley's daughters married Richard Fleming, solicitor and executor of Stukeley. Through their only daughter, Frances, the bulk of Stukeley's papers passed to the St. John family of Dinmore Court, Herefordshire. Some were illegally sold to John Britton by John F. St. John, ca. 1834, but recovered by H. Fleming St. John after Britton's death in 1857.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were acquired by the Library, 1924-55. See the Summary Catalogue for further details.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 42243-392.

Publication Note

Many of these manuscripts were used by Stuart Piggott in his William Stukeley (Oxford, 1950, 2nd ed. 1985).

Access Points




Diaries | 18th century

Stukeley | William | 1687-1765 | Anglican Clergyman Physician Antiquary and Archaeologist

Great Britain | Topography

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