Sources

John Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire, 1798.

This well-known antiquarian history of Leicestershire is the starting point for any historical investigation of the area, despite its inaccuracies and contradictions.  Search for Woodford references under parishes, specifically Brentingby and Ashby Folville.  Nichols quotes extensively from the Woodford Cartulary.

Cotton Claudius Xlll, The Cartulary of John Woodford of Ashby Folville.

The main original source of information about the ancient Leicestershire Woodford family.  This is a collection of copies of deeds, wills and other legal documents, with a narrative in the form of explanatory comments, setting out the family's land and property acquisitions from about the year 1317.   It was composed, compiled or edited in about the middle of the fifteenth century and the last contributor was Robert Woodford of Buckinghamshire who was born in 1460.  Located in the British Library.  There is a microfilm copy in the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (in Wigston, Leicester). 

George Farnham and A. Hamilton-Thompson, The Manors of Allexton, Appleby and Ashby Folville, Leics.Arch.Soc.Trans. Vol Xl Pts Vll,Vlll 19 19-20. P 453ff, 1919/20

In a typically detailed overview of the history of the land inheritance of Ashby Folville, Farnham and Hamilton-Thompson are critical of the cartulary's record of the Folville family. The Woodford family gained the manor of Ashby Folville by marriage (c.1380).

P.Liddle & S.R.Hughes, Archaeological excavation at Brentingby, Trans.Leics. Arch & Hist.Soc. Vol LIV 1978/9

Liddle and Hughes include some accounts of the early Woodford family at Brentingby in their report on excavations at Brentingby Chapel prior to the building being converted to a private residence.

P.Larkin, Painted Wall Plaster from St Mary's Chapel, Brentingby, Unpublished thesis (Leicester Polytechnic, now De Montfort University). Copy at Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester, 1981

This is an analysis of the two painted wall paintings removed from Brentingby Chapel at the time of its conversion to a private residence with an attempt to provide an accurate dating for the work. These wall paintings are stored in the Collections Resources Centre of the Leicestershire Museums at Barrow upon Soar (2012).

Ian Payne, A Leicestershire Royal Descent: The Woodfords of Ashby Folville and Muston, Genealogists Magazine, Vol 4, No 4, December 1992

Dr Payne focuses on the descent of a branch of the Leicestershire Woodford family in the Muston area which can be traced through later parish and church records to the present day.

E.Acheson, A Gentry Community: Leicestershire in the 15th Century, p152ff. A description of a cadet Woodford family descent from Woodford of Ashby Folville, Cambridge University Press, 1992 and 2003

This book examines the fifteenth-century gentry of Leicestershire as landholders, as members of a social community based on the county, as participants in and leaders of the government of the shire, as members of the wider family unit and as individuals. Acheson argues that Individualism among the gentry was already established by the fifteenth century, revealing its personnel as a self-assured and confident stratum in late medieval English society.

John Denton, Image, Identity and Gentility: The Woodford Experience in Of Mice and Men: Image, Belief and Regulation in Late Medieval England, Ed., Linda Clark, Boydell Press, 2005

Denton notes that the family cartulary, rather than being the 'curious collection' of Hamilton-Thompson and Farnham, was common amongst medieval families in Leicestershire, and possibly unique to this area of the country. He argues that in the fifteenth century, cultural pressures encouraged the writing of such documents by families who were inter-married.

A.S.G.Edwards and M.T.W.Payne, A New Manuscript of Thomas More's 'Fortune Verses', The Review of English Studies, 2010

This article by Matthew Payne (Senior Archivist, City Partners, Guildhall Library, London) and Prof Anthony Edwards (De Montfort University) describes verses of poetry by Thomas More recently found in a 16th century cartulary and rental of the Woodford family of Burnham in Buckinghamshire (Ms 1756 in the Guildhall Library).

This cartulary is a copy with annotations of elements of the earlier Leicestershire Woodford cartulary, written or commissioned by Thomas Woodford of Brightwell, Bucks, a descendant of the Robert Woodford, who was the final 'author' of the Leicestershire version.

John Seed, "Woodford-Progenitor of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076" in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, The Transactions of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076, pp 118-128, 1980

A brief biography of the Revd Adolphus Woodford.

P.E.Hunt Notes on Medieval Melton Mowbray, Grantham, 1965

Includes a remarkably detailed account of the activities of the rich wool merchants of Melton Mowbray including Walter Prest(on), father of Alice, wife of John Woodford of Brentingby.

P.C.Walmsley, Two long lost works of William Woodford and Robert of Leicester

Arch.Franc.Hist 1953. Vol 46, p 458-462.  A discussion on the identity of this William Woodford.

Revd Michael T. H.Banks Thorpe Arnold - The Story of its Church and People Church guide available from the church, 1981.

Lori Ann Ferrell, An Imperfect Diary of a Life: The 1662 Diary of Samuel Woodforde, Yale University Library Gazette, 63(1989), 137-44.

Samuel notes on page six of his diary after the death of his father in 1654 that,'he [left] beside me 5 other children unprovided for. This diary is extremely interesting for its emotional content. He states after the death of his 'dear Father. [that] I lost the best friend I had in the world and the sole encouragement of my studies [at Oxford].  Previous to this comment he is very apologetic about his earlier ungrateful attitude as a young man.  Now that he has lost his grandfather (Haunch) and father, he is contrite and remorseful.

Theodore DeWelles, Sex and Sexual Attitudes in Seventeenth-Century England: The Evidence from Puritan Diaries, Renaissance and Reformation 12 (1988).

References to the Diary of Robert Woodford of Northampton

David Cressy, Birth, Marriage & Death, (New York: Oxford University Press,
1997)
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There are several references to Robert and Hannah Woodforde and the breastfeeding issues in this book.

W.N. Hargreaves-Mawdsley, Woodforde at Oxford,  Oxford Historical Society First Series, 1969.

Roy Winstanley,  Parson Woodforde - The Life and Times of a Country Diarist, Morrow & Co,1996.

Roy Winstanley (Edited with notes), The Ansford Diary of James Woodforde,  The Parson Woodforde Society, 1988.