Title of DocumentAuthor(s)/SourceDate PublishedRemarksAvailable at Milton Keynes LibraryAvailable at Olney Library
A History of Milton Keynes and DistrictSir F Markham1973Two volumes
A Plan for OlneyBorough of Milton Keynes1979YY
A Touch of Nostalgia around Olney and SheringtonLes Keech1989 - MJ Printing
An illustrated History of Early BuckinghamshireMichael Farley2010 - Buckinghamshire Archaeological SocietyY
Around OlneyJoan Jones2003 - Tempus Publishing LimitedPhotographs from the last 150 years with explanatory textY
Around Olney in CameraElizabeth Knight & Gordon Osborne1988 & 1994 - Barracuda BooksEarly photographs of Olney and surrounding villagesYY
Census of Olney - 1891 & 1851Y
Cowper CountryGordon Osborne1976YY
Cowper, William - Please use the link to the Cowper & Newton Museum on the Home page
Directories of Olney - 1823 to 1939Kelly's, Slater's, Pigot & CoY
Folio of Bobbin Lace Design used in Olney, Bucks.Jean Duckworth1981 - Jean DuckworthY
From Romans to RoundaboutsJim Styles & Reg Perkins1987YY
Harry Armstrong and the Bucks Cottage Worker's AgencyElizabeth KnightMJ Printing
History and Antiquities of the County of Buckinghamshire1847Vol 4 P298-310 refer to Olney
History and Topography of BuckinghamshireJ J Sheanham1862P574-598 refer to OlneyY
In and around the Ouse valleyRose M ColesLife and people around OlneyY
Ivor's OlneyIvor Neale2006 - Olney & District Historical SocietyLifetime historyYY
Ivor's Olney - RailwayIvor Neale2009 - Olney & District Historical SocietyFrom opening to closing of the Bedford to Northampton line
Lets Talk about OlneyJim Styles & Reg Perkins1981A history of OlneyYY
Lines in Pleasant PlacesGordon Osborne1996Lifetime memories of a local butcherYY
Listed buildings in OlneyBuckinghamshire County CouncilY
MemoirsGeorge R LettY
Newton, John - Please use the link to the Cowper & Newton Museum on the Home page
Olney AlbumOlney History WorkshopYY
Olney and District in CameraElizabeth Knight & Gordon Osborne1987 Barracuda BooksEarly photographs of Olney and surrounding villagesYY
Olney and the hamlet of Warrington 1821 CensusYY
Olney Continues2004 Olney & District Historical SocietyYY
Olney Fire BrigadeGerald Mann2012 NBS EnglandHistory of the fire brigade 1878-1978Y
Olney Parish Registers 1665-1812, 5 volumesTranscribed and indexed by O RatcliffY
Olney Past and PresentOliver Ratcliff & Herbert BrownThe Cowper Press 1893Y
Olney Residents Survey Daphne Hudson1974The Open UniversityYY
Olney, BucksO Ratcliff1907Insight into Olney life around 1907YY
Olney, Bucks (Reproduction)O Ratcliff2008 Olney & District Historical SocietyInsight into Olney life around 1907YY
On the banks of the OuseEmma MarshallY
PS Please keep all lettersDorothy Evelyn Freeman2008 - Roger BradySeries of letters home from a holiday in the USA 1935-36Y
Pam's PotpourriPam MorganDepicting Olney people and events in rhymeY
Railways in Olney - sundry publicationsY
Record of BucksW P Storer1860Col.(ii) p188-197 'Some Notes Concerning Olney'
Records of BuckinghamshireH GoughVol 7 P197-201 refer to Olney church
Reminiscences of Life in and around Olney2002 Olney & District Historical SocietyY
Rock Hunting in Olney ChurchyardPatricia Osborne1996 MKBC Rural ActionStudy of the gravestones, materials and masons
Rural Youth WorkA V LammingWith particular reference to N Bucks and the area around OlneyY
School registers: National School 1875 - 1914Y
School registers: Board School (Infants) 1878 - 1909Y
School registers: Olney Council Infants School 1910 - 1926Y
School registers: Olney C.E. School 1914 - 1921Y
School registers: Olney Council Junior School 1942 - 1954Y
Sutcliffe Baptist ChurchRev P B GravettHistory of the churchYY
The Calm RetreatBrian HarrisCranfield Press 2011A short history of OlneyYY
The Heart and Soul of OlneyLewis KitchenerAvalon Print Limited 2004A history of Olney from Doomsday to 2004YY
The Kitcheners of OlneyR F KitchenerYY
The Old Inns of OlneyElizabeth KnightBarracuda Books 1981A record of the 27 licensed premises in Olney in 1754Y
The Olney Cook BookMarjorie Fifield and Friends of St John
The Olney Millennium AlmanacOlney & District Historical SocietyReferences to life in Olney 1900-2000YY
The People of OlneyBartlett & HollierThe Eureka Partnership 2006Records of residents from 1571 to 1842 from sundry sourcesY
The Romance of the Lace PillowThomas Wright1919 & 1982Y
The Romance of the ShoeThomas Wright1922
The Story of the Olney Pancake RaceGraham LentonWindrush Design & Print 2003YY
The TitzRitz - Our Town BirdtableJim Styles & Reg PerkinsNewport Pagnell Musc. Dystr. Group 1988
The Town of CowperThomas Wright1886 & 1893YY
The Weekly RoundGordon Osborne1996A country butcher's craftYY
Through the Centuries in Olney and DistrictS F Morgan1966YY
Victoria County History of Buckinghamshire1906 & 1969Vol 4 p429-439 'Olney with Warrington'Y
Villages of the OusePeter GreyBarracuda 1980Y
Walks around OlneyOlney Archaeological SocietyY
William Cowper's OlneyElizabeth KnightC J KnightWalk around Cowper's OlneyY
Wolverton and District Archaeological SocietyJournals include articles on North Bucks


1. If a document is not shown to be available at either Olney of Milton Keynes Libraries then please assume that the document is available only in private collections.

2. Olney Library has restricted opening times.


Addendum added January 2016


Orchard Side, Market Place, OLNEY, Bucks. MK46 4AJ Tel: 01234 711516


POOR LAW BOOKS, available in digitised format (further details at the museum)

Dr GRINDON’s LEDGER (1784 – 1793), with details of his patients’ names and their medication and monthly costs, including Mrs Unwin (for the poet, William Cowper); Lady Austen (their friend); MrJones (for Lady Austen’s sister and brother-in-law); Revd. Bean, (successor to Rev. John Newton); Revd. Scott,(Bean’s successor); and Mr Collingridge of the family who later owned the property, now the Cowper and Newton Museum. Accession No. OLNCN 594(3)

Dr GRINDON’s DAY BOOKS for 1759 – 1760 and 1785 – 1787, giving patients’ names and prescriptions. Acc. No. OLNCN 594(1) & (2)

THE DARTMOUTH SURVEY for OLNEY, WARRINGTON AND BRADWELL ABBEY 1796 giving tenant farmers’ names and details of their holdings. Mss transcription available.

PROPERTY DEEDS (Various), but on display here those relating to 8 and 81 High Street, Olney (formerly the ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Duke William’ ) transcribed by Geoff Swindells and with index of people named therein. Acc.No. OLNCN 4264.1-5

RATE BOOKS – Poor Law Rate Levies from Olney Parish for Newport Pagnell Union, 1833 and 1837. Acc.No. OLNCN3833

OLNEY ALMANACS (Trade Directories) Various publishers 1886 – 1907 (with very few missing years) p/b Acc.No. 2612/h

RATCLIFF’S 1907 ALMANAC with Burials in Olney Parish churchyard 1887 – 1907 (pp 51 – 55) . Acc. No. OLNCN 3793


BUCKS PRINTED PARISH REGISTERS (all with index except where noted) for

OLNEY in 2 Vols 1665 – 1812 Acc. No. OLNCN 448
RAVENSTONE 1568 – 1812 Acc. No. OLNCN 449c
ADDINGTON 1558 – L837 Baptisms & Burials and 1558 – 1908 Marriages Acc No. OLNCN 1863
ASTON ABBOTS in 2 Vols 1559 – 1837 with EDGCOTT 1538 – 1837 and DRAYTON PARSLOW 1559 -1837 Acc. No. OLNCN 449a
GREAT MARLOW 1592- 1611 paperback Acc. No. OLNCN 449d
MENTMORE 1685 – 1829 (no index) p/b Acc. No. OLNCN 449f
STOKE POGES 1563 -1611 in two parts p/b Acc. No. OLNCN 449e (no index)
SWANBOURNE 1565 – 1836 p/b Acc. No. OLNCN 1364
THORNTON 1562 – 1812 (2 copies in fragile state) p/b Acc. No. OLNCN 449h
WALTON 1598-1812 (no index) p/b Acc.No. OLNCN 449i
WING 1546 – 1812 in two parts p/b Acc.No. OLNCN 449b
WOUGHTON-ON-THE-GREEN 1558 – 1812 in two parts p/b Acc.No. OLNCN 449g


MORGAN/WONTNER file, includes photographs, letters and a child’s bookcase! Acc. No. OLNCN 4219.

Typescript of SOME OLNEY FAMILIES, which includes – Hooton – Kitchener – Dix – Farrer. Acc. No. OLNCN 3813

Two files of correspondence with Family History researchers on the following families:



KELLY’S DlRECTORIES for Bedford, Kempston, Clapham and Biddenham 1949 – 50 Acc. No. OLNCN 3753

THE MUSEUM LIBRARY contains many LOCAL HISTORY BOOKS, too numerous to list here
but all adding ‘flesh to the bones’ of your ancestors!

Page last updated: January 2016

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