Record of an archaeological survey of Lenton Priory, Nottingham, 1935-1936

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a single volume. The first page is headed 'Revised survey of the chief excavations. Lenton Priory. 30/12/1935. A.G.P. - D.R.S.' Other dates in the volume show that it was added to in February and July 1936. The volume contains pencil diagrams and measurements of areas of excavation.

A loose ink plan of the North Transept is included.

Pasted onto the front cover is a letter from John Holland Walker, Secretary of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire to Mr Flack [University College Librarian], 25 July 1944, explaining the provenance of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cluniac Priory of Lenton was founded in the early 12th century by William Peveril. It was one of the wealthiest religious foundations in the Midlands. In 1538, the prior, Nicholas Heath, was executed and the priory was dissolved on the orders of King Henry VIII. Within a few decades after the dissolution the majority of the priory's buildings had been demolished, and few traces now remain above ground.

The survey contained in this volume was made by Arthur G. Powell, a student at University College, Nottingham who graduated in 1937. In 1935, he worked with Herbert Green (1902- ) on an excavation of the site of Lenton Priory.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

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

Custodial History

The volume was given to University College Nottingham in 1944, because of Powell's connection with the college, and transferred from the main University library to the Department of Manuscripts in September 1986.


Green, Herbert 'Lenton Priory' in Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, volume XL (Nottingham: Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, 1936)