Alfred Selley: Letters to Spencer George Perceval

Scope and Content

A collection of 98 letters and postcards written by Alfred Selley to S.G. Perceval, dealing with collections and objects of antiquarian interest. The first is dated 22 August 1901, the last December 1908. Following no. 3 are two photographs of various flints, and following no. 28 a sketch, taken from a local paper, of the 'old bascule bridge and harbour at St Augustine's'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alfred Selley lived at 17 Allington Road, Bedminster, Bristol.

Spencer George Perceval (1838-1922), antiquary and geologist, was born on 8 July 1838, the son of Ernest August Perceval, Captain, 15th Hussars. He attended Radley College, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1858 (B.A., 1862). He lived at Severn House, Henbury, in Gloucestershire, and at Longwitton Hall, Northumberland. He died on 7 March 1922.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Spencer George Perceval, 1921.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on S.G. Perceval in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 90.

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