Cambridge Antiquarian Society: Antiquarian Papers

Scope and Content

Antiquarian and research papers of Henry Paine Stokes, Edward Hailstone and George Forest Browne, in the form of notes, essays, lectures and letters:

[1] H.P. Stokes: The papers include various correspondence, material relating to the University (antiquity, musicians, schools, etc.), and material concerning Corpus Christi College. There are lectures with notes, on 'Old trees of Cambridge' (1911), 'Notable houses (medieval and modern) in the town of Cambridge' (1924), 'Girton' (1913), and on Cambridge bells and chimes. There are also notes concerning the law courts, town and University, Cambridge monasteries, the navigation of rivers, fires and fire-engines, the Nonsense Club, other clubs, Cambridge in fiction, and plays at Cambridge, as well as notes from college treasuries. Stokes' material also contains miscellaneous notes and papers on Barnwell, fellows of Jesus, Cambridge streets, 'A walk round the Guildhall', the Serocold and Lyons families, a photograph of a portrait of John Fletcher, 'The burning of the Globe Theatre, 1613', and a map of the area round St. Paul's Church, Cambridge, mid-19th century.

[2] Edward Hailstone: 'The area of land in the Cambridgeshire portion of Domesday Book. A study', 1897-1907, a typescript, with notes and papers; letters and papers on unsuccessful attempts to publish a study of Beowulf and Cambridgeshire Domesday, c.1880-1932; Accounts of Anglesey Abbey 1&2 Edward III, transcript; notes on Swaffham Prior; notes on Whittlesford (including 'On some fragments found in Whittlesford Church'); inventories of church goods in Cambridgeshire (Hundred of Whittlesford); notes on Cambridgeshire tithes and advowsons; and 'Monastic life in the Middle Ages', a lecture to the City of London College, May 1872.

[3] G.F. Browne: papers on Ashley-cum-Silverley, transcripts, notes, and letters.

[4] E. Hailstone, H.P. Stokes and W.M. Palmer: file of miscellaneous notes, including correspondence, Cambridgeshire churches visited, 1870-80; notes on Great and Little Wilbraham; notes from C.P. Allix's notes on Swaffham Bulbeck; and notes by W.M Palmer on H.P. Stokes's manuscripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Paine Stokes (1849-1931), priest, antiquary and President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1901-11; Edward Hailstone (1843-1932); and George Forest Browne (1833-1930), Disney Professor of Archaeology, Cambridge, 1887-92, and Bishop of Bristol, 1897-1911.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1993.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. Many of the Stokes and Hailstone manuscripts are also listed in Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, vol. XXXIII (1931-32), pp.168-169.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other H.P. Stokes manuscripts, MSS.Add.8699 and Add.8717.

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