Miscellaneous documents relating mainly to Norfolk and Suffolk

Scope and Content

A collection of miscellaneous documents relating mainly to Norfolk and Suffolk, 15th-17th century, comprising:

  • a table in the hand of John Anstis (17th cent.)
  • copies of a list of valuations of benefices in the diocese of Norwich; and of a list of monasteries, appropriated churches and other items, and various dues
  • a 16th-century copy of 'Cartae et confirmaciones domus S. Sepulchri Canonicorum Theford' (Thetford, Norfolk), with notes by Thomas Tanner and Peter Le Neve
  • 17th-century extracts relating to feudal services in Norfolk temp Edward I and Edward III
  • a late 15th-century copy of Kirkby's Quest for Yorkshire, 1284-5
  • 17th-century extracts from patent rolls 12 Henry IV, containing the Commission to take oaths to keep the peace, with the return of names from the counties.

Fols. 1-12 of the original foliation are missing.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Le Neve (1661-1729) was a Norfolk antiquary; John Anstis, the elder (1669-1744) was a heraldic writer and Garter king of arms. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 9 July 1951, lot 602.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, 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. II, nos. 54144-6.

Custodial History

Owned by Peter Le Neve and John Anstis; note perhaps in the hand of Marmaduke Tunstall (fol. 2) 'Bought at Mr Anstis late Garter's sale [S. Barker & G. Leigh, 12 Dec.] 1768... for 1-7-0d', lot 360; owned by Arthur Wakerley.

Related Material

Material relating to Peter Le Neve:

  • notes and copies from MSS. (MSS. top. Yorks. c. 15, 17, 29, 39-40, 42, 59)
  • Norfolk collections etc. (MSS. Gough Norfolk 16, 30, 34-39; Kent 30; Rutland 1-2; Gen. Top. 132-33, 210; Top. Norfolk b. 3, c. 1)
  • pedigrees (MSS. Eng. misc. b. 3, c. 20-21)
  • Le Neve's satirical verse collection (MS. Eng. poet. d. 152)
  • a collection relating to foreign countries (MS. Rawl. d. 867)

Material relating to John Anstis:

  • correspondence and papers relating to Order of the Garter (MSS. Don. d. 126-27)
  • historical and genealogical collections (MSS. Top. gen. c. 70)
  • Anstis' historical collections relating to Oxford degrees (MS. Eng. misc. c. 48)
  • Anstis' papers relating to the Court of Chivalry (MS. Eng. misc. b. 32)
  • topographical papers (MSS. Gough. Cornwall 1, Devonshire 1)
  • letters to Thomas Carte (MSS. Carte. 70, 227)
  • letters to Thomas Hearne (MSS. Rawl. lett. 1 19)
  • letters to Edward Lhuyd (MSS. Ashm. 1814, 1820)
  • letters to Richard Rawlinson (MSS. Rawl. letters. 30-31).