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Name: Chertsey Abbey. Cartularium

Repository: National Library of Australia

Settlement: Canberra, A.C.T.

Associated Manuscript Items:

Library ref: MS.1097/65

Acquisition: Acquired from the Clifford family of Chudleigh in 1964

Binding: 17c. sprinkled and panelled calf, spine gilt in six compartments with red morocco label and lettering A MANUSC / RIPT.

Catchwords: About half of the gatherings have catchwords which agree, the remainder have no catchwords. Since the catchword at the end of quire 8 does not agree with the opening of quire 9, a gathering may be missing

Collation: (10)1 (12)2-5 (11)6 (12)7-12 (4)13 (8)14. Quire 6 lacks its eighth sheet, quire 12 its fourth and tenth. The blank sides are 1v., 9v., 13-v., 28v., 31v., 37v., 46v., 49r., 51v., 53v., 80v., 89r., 89v., 91v., 107v., 116v., 119v.Ñ120v., 127r., 127v.


Condition: Edges trimmed. All sheets are cockled, water stains on fol.2, mud stains on A, 1 and 146, text washed off or badly rubbed on 131v., 142r., 142v., 143v., 144r., 152r., 153v., while fols 19, 23, 26, 31, 32, 59, 124, 128 are torn and in need of repair.

Deco desc: Red rubrics; caps red and blue; initials blue, with red penwork, :3, with blue (often faded to mauve) penwork; many initials have marginal extensions. Silver, now tarnished, has been employed in some of the large initials on fols 59-81, 150, 154; other caps on 142-54 are in brown ink.

Dimensions: 273 x 180 mm

Extent: ii + 153

Foliation: Contemporary foliation in places, as well as modern pencil numbering with arabic numerals

Hand desc: Two English scribes: (i) 1-141 ; (ii) 142-53, both using cursive court hands of first half 14c


Layout: one col. of 32-3 lines for fols 1-141 and mainly 35-6 for the remaining folios

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List bibl: G. Oliver, "Register of Chertsey Abbey", Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, Vol.IV (1837), pp. 164-8; Sir Thomas Phillipps, Index to Cartularies now or formerly existing since the Dissolution of Monasteries, Middle Hill 1839, p.9; A. Way, "Notice of a Register of the acts of John of Rutherwyke, Abbot of Chertsey in the Reigns of Edward II and Edward III in the possession of Lord Clifford", Archaeological Journal, Vol.XIX (1862), pp. 350-6; G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain: A Short Catalogue, London 1958, p.27, item no.223; Chertsey Abbey Cartularies, 2 vols in 3, Guildford 1913-63, Vol.II, Part 2, Patricia M. Barnes (ed.), pp.cxxi-cxxix, 389-400.

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Orig date: s. xiv1

Orig place: Chertsey, Surrey, U.K.

Origin: Chertsey Abbey

Provenance: Benedictine Abbey of St Peter at Chertsey in 14-15c.; inside front and back covers and Ar., Av., Br., in mid-14c. hands are statements of receipts from individuals and from the manors of Sutton, Epsom, Great Bookham, Cobham, East Clandon, White Waltham, Frimley, Chobham and Egham (details published by Barnes, pp.394-400, nos 1324-5 : see Bibliography); fol.129v. has memoranda about the grant of Ham to Chertsey Abbey, about the collapse of part of the bell-tower in 1370 and about Beaumond manor rents, all by 14c. hands (translation by Barnes, pp. 389-90, nos 1308-10); on fol.107r. is a list, by a 15c. hand, of allowances on the Sheriff of Surrey's accounts for amerciments of the abbey's free tenants in 1293 (translation by Barnes, p.389, no.1307); inside front cover is pasted a 19c. sale notice of building materials at Chertsey and the armorial bookplate of the Clifford family of Chudleigh (motto SEMPER PARATUS); William Clifford of Boscombe - Wiltshire, England; the Clifford family of Chudleigh - Ugbrook House, Devon

Record hist source: Sinclair no. 12



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