Notes on Stourbridge Fair

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6319: A collection of notes and extracts on the subject of Stourbridge Fair, apparently made by W.P. Courtney with a view to publication, but unprinted, c. 1906, 179 folios. The notes are in three different hands.

MS.Add.6320: A series of notes on Stourbridge Fair, apparently compiled by W.P. Courtney, written in two hands, c. 1906-1912, 53 folios. Accompanying the notes is a letter from C.E.A. Bedwell to [ ] Brogden, 3 January 1912, and before fo. 166 is a letter from W. Aldis Wright to W.P. Courtney, 14 June 1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Prideaux Courtney (1845-1913) was born in Penzance on 26 April 1845, and educated at Penzance Grammar School and the City of London School. He joined the office of Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1865, and became Principal Clerk in the Pay Office. Courtney contributed to the Dictionary of national biography, and the latter volumes of the ninth edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. He also wrote books on a variety of subjects, and contributed to newspapers and periodicals. He retired in 1892, and died on 14 November 1913.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sarah Courtney Julyan, 1921.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on W.P. Courtney in Who was who, Vol. I, 1897-1915 (London, 1966), p. 161.

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