Property deeds relating to England, Wales and Jersey

Scope and Content

Collection of documents, mainly property deeds, dating from before 1162 to 1659, and relating to land in England, Wales and Jersey.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Wormald was Professor of Palaeography in the University of London from 1949-1960, and Director of the Institute of Historical Research from 1960-1967. The range of documents in this collection reflects the fact that they were used as a palaeography teaching tool, giving examples of types of handwriting.


Roughly chronological.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Given by Mrs H. Wormald in 1973.

Other Finding Aids

'A catalogue of MS.814' (1975) was prepared by Dr. Diana Greenway and her pupils on the Paleography and Diplomatic course. The catalogue contains an index of persons and places.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

Provenance unknown, though the documents appear to have been arranged in their present order before 1900.