Edward Legg local history collection

Edward Legg bequeathed his collection of local history material to the University of Buckingham on his death. The collection at the Franciscan Library, Verney Park includes local books on the following counties:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • London
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire – limited coverage
  • Warwickshire – limited coverage
  • Lincoln – limited coverage

There are over 800 local history books covering topics from steam trains to Bletchley Park which are available for 1-week loan. Journals and pre-1900 local history materials are available for reference use only at the Franciscan Library and all maps at Hunter Street Library. Reference use of both Libraries is available free, to anyone, on completion of an external visitor’s form.

External users who wish to borrow up to 5 books from the Library, including the Edward Legg local history books, would need to pay the external reader borrowing fee of £60 p.a. (£40 p.a. for Friends / Alumni). This would entitle them to 1-week loan borrowing from the Legg collection and 1-month loan of the general loan collection.

The Edward Legg collection is open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 at the Franciscan Library for the books, and at Hunter Street Library for the maps.