King's Works Accounts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MS. Eng. hist. b. 192/1-2
  • Dates of Creation
      16th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Two guard-books containing leaves of accounts, with some photostats, relating to the King's Works in the time of Henry VIII, taken from 16th-century bindings (executed in Oxford) of books and manuscripts in various collections. Some of the leaves are signed by Thomas Heritage and Thomas Gunnar and many are countersigned by David Marten, Comptroller of the King's Works.

Administrative / Biographical History

The King's Works.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Taken from volumes in the Library or given by the owners of the books in which the leaves were found, 1943-58.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39642-3.