Charles White Underwood: Papers on Oakington and Queens' College

Scope and Content

MS.Add.4175: Extracts dealing with the parish of Oakington, Cambridgeshire, 1867-1873, 85 folios.

Th extracts were made from British Library Add. MSS 5849, 5805, 5827, 5847, 5837 and 5813, being manuscripts of William Cole. Attached to fo. 52 is a slip on which are set out references in the Harleian manuscripts to Croyland Abbey, in the hand of Edward Ventris. At fo. 54 is a loose leaf on which are extracts from Ely visitation books dealing with Oakington, made by E. Ventris, with a pencilled note from Ventris to W.G. Searle, 22 November 1873. On fo. ii is an index of contents.

MS.Add.4176: Notes and extracts on the history of Queens' College, Cambridge, 1867-1869, 149 folios.

The papers include notes on the Carmelite Priory; a list of Presidents, 1448-1820; notes of seals and prints in the hand of C. [Collistree]; a list of Fellows, 1446-1826; notes from the Public Record Office State Papers Domestic; extracts from William Cole's MS Vols 2, 7, 8, 47 and 48; extracts from British Library Lansdowne MSS 980, 983 and 985; extracts from MS Baker, Vols 4 and 6, including a copy of a letter from Richard Sterne, Archbishop of York, to [ ] Sayer. On fos 135-136 are extracts from the Huntingdon Corporation Accounts, 1769-1835, in the hand of F. Gerald Vesey, with a letter from the same to [W.G. Searle], 29 May 1869. The remaining leaves and the versos almost throughout are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles White Underwood was admitted a sizar at St John's College, Cambridge, in July 1840, at the age of 24, and matriculated at Michaelmas that year (B.A., 1844; M.A., 1847). He was ordained deacon in 1844, and priest in 1845. Underwood was Vice-Principal of Liverpool College, 1853-1865; Vicar of Histon, Cambridgeshire, 1865-1899; Hon. Canon of Ely, 1875-1899; and Rural Dean of Chesterton, 1876-1892. He died on 11 November 1899.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by W.G. Searle, 1905.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Underwood in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 265.

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Custodial History

The extracts were sent as made to W.G. Searle.