Catalogue of Ducker and Son ledgers

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Margaret Czepiel
2017



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Ledgers of Ducker & Son, shoemakers, Oxford

1910-1963

Abstract:
Ledgers of Ducker & Son (est. 1898), shoemakers of Oxford, 1910-1963.

Extent: 3 Linear metres, 11 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Don. c. 233-243

Biographical/Historical

Ducker & Son, shoemakers and sellers based in Turl Street, Oxford, was founded by Edward Ducker in 1898. On his death in 1947, his wife took over the business, but died two weeks later. In 1952 Ducker & Son became a limited company (00512039). The firm made bespoke shoes of high quality in various styles (sports, military, formal and casual shoes and slippers as well as socks and leggins). Ducker & Son also offered a variety of services from cleaning to restoration and repair. Their clients included royalty, nobility, clergy, military, diplomats, academics and scientists. Among the clients were also J.R.R. Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, and in later years Rowan Atkinson, Ian McEwan and The Rev'd Hugh W. Bearn. The shop closed in November 2016. The last directors were Bob and Isobel Avery.

Scope and Content

Eleven ledgers of Ducker & Son, Oxford shoemakers and sellers, covering the years 1910-1963. The ledgers provide records of shoes made and services rendered to individual clients, including J.R.R.Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Lord Nuffield, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Randolph Churchill, The Duke of Argyll and others. Each ledger includes an index of clients at the front, followed by details of completed orders (names, addresses, services, order numbers where 'S' denotes 'special' and 'SO' is a 'special order' with prices paid). The latter part is in chronological order from the date of the first order with subsequent orders added under the same name.

Arrangement

Eleven ledgers, numbered 4-14.

Acquisition

Oxford Authors Sale at Mallams, 8 Feb 2017. Purchased for the Library by Friends of the Bodleian.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Don. c. 233

Related Material

An archived copy of the Ducker & Son website is accessible in the Bodleian Libraries Web Archive.

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Ducker and Son | shoemakers, Turl Street, Oxford

Subject(s)

Shoemakers -- England -- Oxfordshire

Descriptive List

Ledger 4
Date: 1910-1917
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 233
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 1-750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Honbl. G.W. Grenfeld, J.K. Swire, Cyril Asquith Esqr., Count J. de Salis, Count A.T.A. Bernstorff, W.M. Codrington, G.M. Vansittart Esq., A. Chavasse Esqr., J.R.R. Tolkien Esqr., and Baron W. Richthofen [not Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron].

Insert: Newspaper cutting: James Derham, 'Who shot the Red Baron?' ( Evening News, 2 Apr. 1977).

Ledger 5
Date: 1911-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 234
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 751-1502.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Major F. Wellesley, Philip M. Deneke Esq. and Lady Ottoline Morrell.

Ledger 6
Date: 1919-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 235
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 1501-2250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) J.C. Lawrence Esq. and E.A. Waugh Esq.

Ledger 7
Date: 1923-1931
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 236
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3001-3750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Canon W.A. Spooner D.D., H.T. Wade-Gery Esq., Sidney Smith Esq., Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, The Rt. Honble. Asquith, Lieut. Col. Ballard, George F. Duffield Esq., Sir Gilbert Purcell Bart., W. Docker-Drysdale Esq., The Venble. Arch. of Darbyshire, W. Rathbone Esq., Captain D.W. Evetts, A.R. Hartwell Esq., Basil Blackwell Esq., Captain Pitt-Rivers, The Earl of Buckingham, The Duke of Argyll, E.A. Waugh Esq. and W.E. Messenger Esq.

Ledger 8
Date: 1925-1933
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 237
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3001-3750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Honble. E.A. Akers-Douglas, Lord Dalmeny and Randolph H.S. Churchill Esqr.

Ledger 9
Date: 1927-1949
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 238
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 3751-4500.

Includes orders placed by many female clients, (as written) H.H. Princess Holkar of Indore, Murat W. Williams Esq., Dana H. Porter and other foreign dignitaries.

Ledger 10
Date: 1929-1943
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 239
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 4501-5250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Maurice Child, Sir Arthur Willert, H.H. Maharaja Holkar of Indore, Sir Wm. R. Morris (Lord Nuffield), E.A. Waugh Esq., Professor R.M. Dawkins and Professor N.V. Sidgwick.

Ledger 11
Date: 1930-1945
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 240
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 5251-6000.

Includes orders placed by (as written) W.P. Thesiger Esq., J.M.A. Gwyer and M[r] H. Asquith.

Ledger 12
Date: 1933-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 241
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 6001-6750.

Includes orders placed by (as written) The Revd. Maurice Child, D.B.H. Lennox-Boyd (with a pasted newspaper cutting, 'Brother of M.P. shot in Germany', 13 Apr. 1939), Colonel R. Thaxted Cripps, G.L. Conran Esq. and T.D. Weldon Esq.

Ledger 13
Date: 1936-1963
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 242
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 6751-7500.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Professor John R. Hicks, C.E. Stevens Esq., Dr J.A. Stallworthy, Albert H. Herbert, Michael Maclagan Esq., N.T.A. Fiennes Esq. and K.B. McFarlane Esq.

Ledger 14
Date: 1939-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Don. c. 243
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 volume)

Scope and Content

A-Z, pages 7501-8250.

Includes orders placed by (as written) Evelyn A. Waugh Esq., Professor John R.R. Tolkien, Sir C. Ponsonby and Philip F. de Zulueta Esq.


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