Historical Manuscripts Commission

Summary report on the papers


Francis John Haverfield (1860-1919),
Roman historian and archaeologist

in the custody of the


(reference: GB-0479-Haverfield)

A Lewis, August 1995
Historical Manuscripts Commission

Table of Contents



Summary report

Section A - Papers arranged by county

Section B - Folders of MS notes, press cuttings, correspondence, inscriptions, etc

Section C - Notebooks, including extracts, notes of finds from other printed sources, etc

Section D - Miscellanea



All enquiries about access should be directed in writing to the Librarian, The Ashmolean Library.


FJ Haverfield was born at Shipston-on-Stour on 8 November 1860. In 1879 he went up as a classics scholar to New College, Oxford, where he obtained a first class in moderations and a second class in 'greats'. In 1884 he became a sixth form master at Lancing College. He used his leisure time to pursue research into Roman Britain. In 1892 he returned to Oxford and for the next 15 years he resided at Christ Church as student and librarian. During his vacations he travelled extensively, visiting numerous Roman sites, and directing or encouraging many excavations. In 1907 he was appointed Camden professor of ancient history, and held the chair until his death.

Most of Haverfield's papers at the Ashmolean are stored in manila envelopes, filed under pre-1974 counties. As well as his own MS notes, they include numerous letters, press cuttings, reviews, photographs, etc. Some items have been added since Haverfield's death. Each envelope has a very brief note, written in pencil, on the contents. The quantity of material in each envelope varies greatly; some contain one piece of paper, others a considerable quantity of correspondence or a collection of press cuttings, a notebook, etc. The Appendix gives specimen examples of the material Haverfield collected for three counties.

There are also a numbered series of 12 folders of notes, press cuttings, correspondence etc, some arranged by county, and a numbered series of notebooks containing extracts, clippings, sketches, notes, etc.

The following summary was produced as part of a survey by the Commission of the papers of British antiquaries and historians. The Commission is most grateful to Mr Brian McGregor and Dr John Taylor for their assistance.

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Summary report

A. Papers arranged by county

(i) England (c1,142 envelopes)

Berkshire (3)

Buckinghamshire (14) [see Appendix]

Cambridgeshire (4)

Cornwall (c47) [see Appendix]

Cumberland (13)

Derbyshire (31) [see Appendix]

Devon (22)

Dorset (19)

Durham (19)

Essex (c56)

Gloucestershire (c68)

Hadrian's Wall (6)

Hampshire (c65)

Herefordshire (8)

Hertfordshire (21)

Huntingdonshire (27)

Isle of Man (1)

Lancashire (20)

Kent (c58)

Leicestershire (20)

Lincolnshire (3)

London (18)

Middlesex (10)

Norfolk (31)

Northamptonshire (35)

Northumberland (c62)

Nottinghamshire (19)

Oxfordshire (15)

Rutland (7)

Shropshire (13)

Somerset (c70)

Staffordshire (18)

Suffolk (27)

Surrey (23)

Sussex (49)

Warwickshire (31)

Westmorland (15)

Wiltshire (28)

Worcestershire (17)

Yorkshire (69)

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(ii) Wales (c110 envelopes)

General (9)

Brecon (8)

Caernarvonshire (13)

Cardiganshire (2)

Carmarthenshire (5)

Denbighshire (12)

Flintshire (9)

Glamorganshire (16)

Merioneth (6)

Monmouthshire (21)

Montgomeryshire (3)

Pembrokeshire (4)

Radnorshire (2)

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(iii) Scotland (c67 envelopes)

(iv) Miscellaneous (c83 envelopes)

England - general (6)

Britain - general (11)

Foreign (15)

Ancient Town Planning (27)

Roman (1)

Haverfield - personal (7)

Haverfield - lectures (9)

Miscellaneous items (7)

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B. Folders of MS notes, press cuttings, correspondence, inscriptions, etc

1. Cumberland

2. Cambridgeshire

3. Bedfordshire

4. Lincolnshire

5. Oxfordshire

6. Buckinghamshire

7. Hertfordshire (Historical Monuments Commission: Roman structural remains)

8. Keynsham (photographs of Roman house)

9. Scrapbook of reviews

10. Roman forts in Wales (rough notes)

11. Roman frontier in Wales (series of maps and diagrams)

12. Roman frontier in Wales (plates I-XII)

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C. Notebooks, including extracts, notes of finds from other printed sources, etc

1. Cheshire

2. Cornwall

3. Dorset

4. Hampshire

5-8. Kent

9. Norfolk

10. Northamptonshire

11. Somerset

12. Warwickshire

13. Wiltshire

14. Worcestershire

15. Yorkshire

16. Ireland

17-19. Extracts relating to the discovery of Roman remains from the Gentleman's Magazine 1733-93, 1796-1825, 1825-36

20. Miscellaneous notes

21. 'Index to C.I.L. vol. vii by Hübner and supplements on Eph. Epigr. iii, iv.'

22. Extracts relating to pottery.

23. [Not seen]

24. South-East England, Midlands

25. Somerset

26. Extract from eighteenth century letter; notebook mostly blank.

27. [Not seen]

28. [Not seen]

29. Notes relating to Roman remains in Sussex, extracts etc

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D. Miscellanea

1. Notes on Roman villas by Miss M G Webster (Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Kent, Hampshire, Somerset, Sussex) (2 boxes) [deposited 1932]

2. Notebook containing summary in English of a German work (1882)

3. Haverfield family letters (1 envelope)

4. Press cuttings to accompany folder 9 in section B. above (1 envelope).

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Detailed lists of envelopes for sample English counties (see section A. (i) above)

Buckinghamshire (14 envelopes)

1. Amersham; extracts

2. Aylesbury; handbook to museum, 1919

3. Brill; MS note

4. Ellesborough

5. Fenny Stratford; MS note

6. Foscott; MS note

7. Great Missenden; MS note

8. Hughenden; MS note

9. Kimble; MS note

10. Latimer; MS note

11. Stone; MS note

12. Stony Stratford; MS note

13. Tingewick; MS note

14. Wycombe; typescript and MS note

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Cornwall (c47 envelopes)

1. Notebook

2. Papers

3. Tin mining

4. Tin mining

5. Coins

6. Material for VCH

7. Material for VCH

8. Tin mining

9. Tin mining

10. Boscarne

11. Bosence

12. Breage

13. Budock

14. Carhayes

15. Carnanton

16. Carnbrea

17. Carnon

18. Ethy

19. Fowey

20. Hallivick

21. Harlyn Bay

22. Hayle

23. Helston

24. Landulph

25. Lanhydrock

26. Liskeard

27. Lizard

28. Luxulyan

29. Marazion

30. Mawgan-in-Meneage

31. Morvah

32. Nanstallon

33. Pencarrow

34. Pentewan

35. Penzance

36. Ruthernbridge

37. St Austell

39. St Hilary

40. St Just-in-Penwith

41. St Michael's Mount

42. St Veep

43. Stithians

44. Tintagel

45. Tregear Rounds

46. Truro

47. Zennor

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Derbyshire (31 envelopes)

1. MS notes and extracts relating to Roman roads

2. General

3. Articles, map relating to lead miningDerbyshire (31 envelopes)

4. Aldwark; 1923 extract relating to Roman discoveries

5. Ashover; 1922 find of coins

6. Bat House Cave, Alderwasley; typescript of CBN Dunn's article and letters from AF Hurt

7. Benly Grange; MS note

8. Bradwell; MS notes and letters relating to finds in the area

9. Brough; 1893-1904, press cuttings relating to the site

10. Brough; letter and MS notes

11. Brough; letters relating to inscriptions

12. Buxton; letters and extracts relating to Roman finds

13. Buxton; letters, extracts

14. Carslwark; MS notes

15. Castle Hill; Roman remains

16. Chorley Crake; MS note of fibulae

17. Crich; MS note of finds

18. Deepdale Cave; moratorium inscription

19. Haddon Hall; altar

20. Harborough Cave; 1908 press cutting

21. Little Chester; letters and MS notes relating to the site

22. Melandra; press cuttings

23. Melandra; weights, coins, inscriptions

24. Melandra; 1906-08, letters from FA Bruton relating to the excavations

25. Melandra; 1899-c1908, plans, MS notes etc

26. Millers Dale; find of a spade in a lead mine

27. Poole's Hole; MS notes

28. Rainster Rocks; 1905-07, MS notes, letters about excavations

29. Ravencliffe; finds

30. Thorpe; MS note

31. Tideswell; MS note relating to find made in 1749.

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