Christ Church, Canterbury: Obits

Scope and Content

Obits for 1289-1507 from the 'Nomina Monachorum' register of Christ Church, Canterbury, transcribed by W.G. Searle, 129 folios. Attached to fo. 64 is a letter from J.M. Cowper to Searle, 2 May 1901. Fos 1-19 and 64-129 are blank, apart from a few pencilled entries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Christ Church, Canterbury was founded in the sixteenth century by a party of Roman monks under the direction of Augustine, dispatched to Britain by Pope Gregory I. On their arrival in late 596 or early 597 the group was received by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Æthelberht of Kent, who provided them with accommodation in his prinicipal town, Canterbury. Following Æthelberht's conversion to Christianity and his baptism, he granted a property to Augustine. The church contained within this property, which dated from Roman times, was consecrated by Augustine, and as Christ Church became the see of Canterbury.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by the Revd W.G. Searle, 1911.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to Nicholas Brooks, The early history of the Church of Canterbury, Christ Church from 597 to 1066 (Leicester University Press, 1984).

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