Ecclesiastical photograph albums

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 29 EUL MS 226
  • Dates of Creation
      Late 19th century-early 20th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      Two volumes.

Scope and Content

This small collection contains two volumes of b/w photographs of English and Scottish ecclesiastical buildings (mainly cathedrals and churches), late 19th century-early 20th century. The albums contain external and interior shots of the following ecclesiastical buildings:

Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Mary' s Cathedral (Edinburgh), Worcester Cathedral, St. Bartholomew the Great (London), Magdalen College chapel (Oxford), Christ Church St. Aldate's (Oxford), Merton College chapel (Oxford), Barfreston church (Kent), St. Margaret-at-Cliffe church (Kent), St. Mary's church (Dover, Kent), Shoreham church (St. Mary de Haura, Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex), Glastonbury Abbey (Somerset), Exeter Cathedral, Durham Cathedral (and Durham Castle), Beverley Minster, York Minster, St. Mary's Abbey (York), Winchester Cathedral, Hospital of St. Cross (Winchester), Church of St. Cross (Winchester), Holyrood Palace and chapel (Edinburgh), Ely Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral.

Some photographs are unlabelled and therefore unidentified.

Administrative / Biographical History

It is assumed that these two photograph albums were compiled by the Miss Ainslie who donated them to the University in 1939. It has not been possible to trace any further information about her, although she presumably had a strong interest in church architecture. It is not known whether any of the photographs were taken by her, although many of them are copy prints which have been produced commercially.

Access Information

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Other Finding Aids

Two items only.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 21 April 2005, and encoded into EAD 3 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Given to the University College of the Southwest in 1939. Transferred from the Reserve Collection in 2003.

Related Material

Exeter University Library (Special Collections) holds the following collections relating to church architecture and history: Exeter Diocesan Architectural Society Papers (EUL MS 5); Major Clayton's Photographs (EUL MS 57); Papers of John Bentley (EUL MS 160); Exeter Cathedral Photographs: Keystones and Carvings project on medieval interior sculpture (EUL MS 171); Photograph albums of Frederick W. Latterall and Bedford Lemere and Co. (EUL MS 181); Rushforth Collection (EUL MS 227); Postcard collection of Sir Alfred William Clapham (EUL MS 248); Postcard collection of Sydney A. Pitcher (EUL MS 249).


It is not known whether this collection has formed the basis for publication.