Kathleen Louise Wood-Legh: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

Box 1

1. Notebook of references with Cambridge University Library call numbers, chiefly for chantries.

2. Bundle of letters in Braille from K.L. Wood-Legh in Marburg to her father, 1929; from S.A.J. Evans, 1935; and from Elizabeth Brunskill, Fr F. Courtney, Charles Drew, D.A. Easson, A.B. Emden, M.C. Hill, E.F. Jacob, J.A. Jungmann, T.W. Matthews, E.C. Ratcliffe, R.L. Rickard, L.P. Wenham, F.P. White, D.M. Williamson, G. Witteridge, and W. Ullmann, all relating to chantries and chiefly from 1956-1957.

3. Account book of C.F. Wood-Legh.

4. Envelope containing notes, with a letter from Una Rees relating to the Haughmond cartulary.

5. Envelope containing letters and notes in Braille from M.C. Crosse and J. Rosenthal, and concerning Corpus Iuris Canonici, c. 1907.

6. Envelope containing reviews of Church life (1934).

7. 'Parliament in the time of Chaucer', K.L. Wood-Legh's McGill M.A. thesis.

8. Memorandum to the council of the senate by women members of the Regent House, with notes by Professor S.J. Bailey.

9. Correspondence, chiefly concerning the Modern Churchmen's Union and Warham Visitation, from J.S. Bezzant, Herbert Butterfield, R.S. Dawson, Lady Kathleen Oldfield, Robert Ombres, Dorothy Parkes, L.F. Powell, R.D. Richardson, H.L. Schollick, and E. Carus-Wilson, 1959-1978.

10. J.D. Stevenson, typescript introduction to Hulsean lectures on 'good works'.

11. Correspondence, prospectus, etc., relating to courses on medieval Europe, 1969-1974.

12. Arthur Lukyn Williams of Jesus College, lecture notes on Christian doctrine, Easter term, 1874.

13. A duplicate volume, made in 1982, of the 'Birthday Book' of tributes to Wood-Legh on her eightieth birthday, with copies of obituary notices and memorial addresses.

Box 2

Envelopes containing material for a book on chantries and related publications, together with a few letters from archivists. There are notes and transcripts relating to chantries, muniments, registers, wills, and other sources, originating from Bridgwater, Bridport, Cambridge colleges, Canterbury, Chichester, Durham, Exeter, Hull, Lambeth Palace, Lichfield, Lincoln, London, London Guildhall, Norwich, Salisbury, Somerset, Suffolk, Worcester and Winchester, York, and the Public Record Office in England, and from France, Germany, and Scotland. There is also an abandoned appendix.

Box 3

1. Text of Munden account book.

2. 16 notebooks on chantry materials.

3. Transcript of 'Spicer's Chantry Accounts and the Saint John's Vestry Register or Book' (Bristol), with covering notes by F. Potto Hicks.

4. Further correspondence on chantries. The correspondents are Roland Austin, Alan Bell, H.E. Bell, E.O. Blake, C.N.L. Brooke, D.E. Chadwick, C.R. Cheney, G.G. Coulton, J. Conway Davies, C.G. Dechaume, J.C. Dickinson, Gordon Donaldson, D.E. Easson, Kathleen Edwards, A.B. Emden, Karl Frolich, A.H. Hall, E.A. Hinton, F.E. Hopkins, R.W. Hunt, James Nankivell, J.S. Purvis, Elizabeth Ralph, E.C. Ratcliffe, Joan Sinar, John Smith, Joan Varley, Basil Williams, Glanmor Williams, and L.O. Williams.

5. Wages book of Rev. H.C. Powles, rector of Ashleworth, Gloucestershire, 1854-1881, with some personal notes on servants.

6. 11 envelopes containing transcripts of alienation, mortmain, and visitation documents.

7. Correspondence, family and personal, 1923, 1931, 1965-1966, and undated. The correspondents are H.C. Andrews, Anna Bidder, S.B. Black, Laurette Cooper, G. Fallows, W. Hertel, Helen Steele Kruger, Helga Peters, E.M. Pye, Barbara Reynolds, R.D. Richardson, Nellie and Irene Robinson, Rotraude, Henry Scrope, Ingeborg Wack, and Basil Williams. There is also correspondence and academic notes from G.G. Coulton, J.G. Edwards, and H. Gatty, and L.F. Salzman, 1930-1931.

8. Notebook containing press-cuttings, concert programmes, and letters of recommendation for Louise S. Stevenson, pianist, 1903-1918. There is also a cutting from the Montreal Gazette, 30 May 1923, concerning Wood-Legh's graduation from McGill, and a list of music pupils at Portland, 1912. The material is an envelope addressed to Miss Stevenson at 49 Owlstone Road, Cambridge.

9. Household memoranda book with recipes, menus, draft invitations, domestic hints, and a copy of a newspaper account of the wedding of Wood-Legh's parents in Canada and removal to Portland, Maine.

10. Envelope of notes and letters concerning Maxstoke Priory, Rose Graham, and Noel Boston, 1932-1936.

11. 'Reasons for the growth of the Commons' power during the Middle Ages', text of an essay by Wood-Legh.

12. Envelope of testimonials and applications for posts, copies and originals, from G.G. Coulton, Eleanora Doorly (Warwick High School), J.G. Edwards, Miss H. Palmer (Newnham College), and G.M. Trevelyan, 1936-1937.

13. MS transcript of bursar's roll from Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1396-1397.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kathleen Louise Wood-Legh (1901-1981) was born in Ontario, Canada, and attended McGill University. Despite suffering from blindness, she obtained a Ph.D. in British medieval history from Cambridge University in 1932, and went on to publish journals and articles on medieval history, as well as founding the Lucy Cavendish College of Women in Cambridge.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by the executors of K.L. Wood-Legh, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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