Oxford Ramble

Speed the Plough



A Taste of Ale

Six for Gold

Knock at the Knocker, Ring at the Bell

The Robber Bird

Three Quarter Time

The 25th





The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the revised edition of the Dictionary of National Biography, which was first published in instalments between 1885 and 1900. The new dictionary was published in sixty printed volumes in 2004, but is also available - and regularly updated - online at www.oxforddnb.com

In contrast to the original publication which tended to focus on grand historical characters - lords, dukes, politicians, generals and the like - the new dictionary also contains biographies of "ordinary people", including Henry BurstowHarry CoxWilliam KimberJinky Wells and a number of other traditional musicians and singers. This policy may well have been influenced by the fact that the initial editor of the Oxford DNB, Colin Matthew, was a folk music enthusiast who played the Scottish bagpipes - and who attended a number of early Magpie Lane concerts at the Holywell.

The online dictionary is available on subscription only, but you can access the dictionary if your local public library authority has taken out a subscription. Check whether your library's subscription allows you to log in from home.