Henry Bradshaw: Letters to Stephen Willoughby Lawley

Scope and Content

11 letters from Henry Bradshaw to Stephen Willoughby Lawley, 21 August 1880 - 17 October 1882. There are accompanying letters from G.W. Prothero to Lawley, 2 February 1894, Francis Jenkinson to the same, 18 January 1896, and W.H. Macaulay to Jenkinson, 6 December 1908.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Bradshaw (1831-1886) was born in London on 2 February 1831. He attended Eton, before entering King's College, Cambridge, in 1850 (B.A, 1854; M.A., 1857), where he was fellow, 1853-1856, and dean, 1857-1858 and 1863-1865. In 1856 he became assistant master at St Columba's College, near Dublin. Thereafter he joined Cambridge University Library, where he was assistant, 1856-1858, and Superintendent of Manuscripts, 1859-1867. He carried out the reform of the Department of Manuscripts, and served as University Librarian, 1867-1886. Bradshaw died on 11 February 1886.

Stephen Willoughby Lawley was born in 1823, the third son of Paul Beilby Lawley Thompson, 1st Baron Wenlock. He matriculated at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1841 (B.A., 1845; M.A., 1853), and was rector of Estrick, Yorkshire, 1848-1868, and sub-dean of York, 1852-1862. He died around 1901.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by the Revd Hugh Fraser Stewart, 1909.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry Bradshaw in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1940), p. 357, and the entry on S.W. Lawley in Joseph Foster, Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886, L-R (Oxford, 1888), p. 823.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The letters were purchased from Francis Edwards, booksellers, by the Revd Hugh Fraser Stewart, 1908.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other Bradshaw papers, MSS.Add.4321-4323, 4209, 4227, 4228, 4545, 4603, 5120, 5990, 6419-6437, 6439-6440 and 6617.


Bradshaw's letters to Lawley are printed in Francis Jenkinson, Fasciculus Joanni Willis Clark dicatus (Cambridge, 1909), pp. 115-134.