Thomas Walker: Historical collections on Witnesham

Scope and Content

1. Rectors of Witnesham, 1310-1933, 1 volume.

2. Copy of the register book for the town of Witnesham, listing christenings and burials for 1538-1589, 1 volume.

3. Marine insurance and claims, 1904-1921, 1 volume.

4. Monumental inscriptions in churches and churchyards of Witnesham, transcribed by Walker, 1931, 1 volume.

5. Correspondence, notes, newscuttings, maps and photographs relating to Witnesham, including material on the Meadows family, 1 envelope.

6. Examination in principal subjects Law I and II, 1925-1926, listing the results of Cambridge students in tabular form, 5 pamphlets.

7. Miscellaneous loose notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Alfred Walker (1862-1935), historian, was born on 16 February 1862, and educated privately and at Owens College, Manchester. He entered Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1882, where he became a Fellow in 1886, and was dean, 1887-1900, tutor, 1897-1907, and bursar and librarian, 1904-1924. Walker was admitted at the Inner Temple in 1886. He was ordained deacon in 1896, and priest in 1898, and was Vicar of Cherry Hinton, 1908-1917, Rector and Vicar of Freckenham, Suffolk, 1917-1920, and Rector of Witnesham, 1924-1932. He acted as public examiner for the Law Tripos at Cambridge and in a similar role for other institutions. He died in Cambridge on 8 March 1935.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 10 January 1980.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Thomas Walker in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 322.

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