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The most recent Society volume was published in 2023, and will be distributed to all Society subscribers for the years 2017/2018. 

New Series v.49. Minutes of the Oxford Paving Commissioners 1771–1801. Edited by Malcolm Graham. ISBN 9780904107302

The latest publication of the Oxford Historical Society is an edition of the minutes of the Oxford Paving Commissioners for 1771-1801 by Malcolm Graham. The Paving Commissioners were given sweeping powers to modernise Oxford, and they transformed the city. Streets were widened, buildings demolished, a new Magdalen bridge created, the Covered Market built, and the city's sewage and drainage systems improved. The apperance of today's Oxford owes a great deal to the work of the Commissioners. All these events are described in detail in their minute books. The Commission was also a remarkable collaboration between "town" and "gown". From the first, successive Mayors and Vice-Chancellors were Commissioners, as were many dons and heads of College, and city aldermen.

This edition includes an extensive introduction on the history and work of the Commission, as well as several maps and plates. The book as a whole provides invaluable evidence for the history of the topography of Oxford, but also sheds interesting light on the social life of Oxford, be it for the lists of Commissioners, or the details on occupants of houses.

Dr. Malcolm Graham was head of the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies for many years, and has published extensively on many aspects of the history of Oxford.

The Oxford Historical Society is grateful to the Greening Lamborn Trust for a subvention towards the cost of publication of this volume.