Papers of John Thomas Godfrey, local historian, 1887-1891

Scope and Content

The papers comprise:

  • An unpublished manuscript bibliography of written works about Nottinghamshire by John Thomas Godfrey. The bibliography was to be published by subscription under the title 'Bibliotheca Nottinghamiensis', undated, c.1891 (MS 654/1).
  • An unpublished manuscript volume entitled 'Lineal Descents of Peers and Baronets concerned with the County of Nottinghamshire', November 1887 (MS 654/2).
  • Printed pamphlet entitled 'Notes on the bibliography of Nottinghamshire' by John T. Godfrey, 1891 (MS 654/3).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Thomas Godfrey of Lenton, Nottinghamshire, was born in 1857. He was a historian ofNottinghamshire publishing abstracts of marriages in parishes in the county, and histories ofchurches in Lenton and Nottingham and in the hundreds of Rushcliffe and Bingham. Godfrey receivedpart of his financial backing for publication from Mr James Ward. Ward also purchased manuscriptsabout Nottinghamshire and employed Godfrey to edit and transcribe them. Godfrey died in 1911. He wasa Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


The papers in MS 654/1 are arranged alphabetically by author.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

One item in the collection has a separate provenance. 'Lineal Descents' (MS 654/2) bears thebookplates of John T. Godfrey and Christopher Barber Collinson. It was purchased by the Universityof Nottingham's library in Spetember 1995.

Related Material

Nottinghamshire Archives: notes on Nottinghamshire churches by J. T. Godfrey, undated. DD/TS/6/4/20-21


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