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.

Access Information

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).