Scrapbook of John Stokes Bennett of the Theatre Royal, Exeter, and other papers relating to theatre history

Scope and Content

One volume scrapbook of mainly newspaper cuttings, 1820-1824, compiled by John Stokes Bennett, also containing 18th and 19th c theatrical posters (playbills). Typescript death notices of Bennett from 'Trewman's Exeter Flying Post' and 'Alfred', Mar 1829, and photocopy of two pages from 'The theatre tourist, being a genuine collection of correct views, with brief and authentic historical accounts of all the principal provincial theatres in the United Kingdom, by a theatric amateur [James Winston]', London, 1805.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Stokes Bennett, c 1773-1829, was an actor and theatre manager of New Theatre and Theatre Royal, Exeter.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Acquisition Information

Donated to Special Collections, University of Exeter, Jul 2006.

Other Finding Aids

One item only.

Archivist's Note

Description created by Rob Ford, 20 Dec 2006.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

This item was bought by the donor, from 'Titles' antiquarian bookshop in Totnes, Devon, whilst on study leave in Exeter from the University of New England.

Related Material

A copy of John Stokes Bennett's will is kept with Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PROB 11/1754). An item entitled 'Scrapbook no 3: 1826&1827 was offered for sale on the internet in early 2007 via


It is not known if this item has resulted in publication.