Louis Cobbett: Antiquarian Notes and Papers

Scope and Content

Notes and papers, mostly relating to Cambridgeshire:

[1] Typescript, Studies of the antiquities of Cambridgeshire and its neighbourhood. 1. Roman period. A. The Bartlow Hills, annotated '1st edition superseded 1939'.

[2] MS, 'The Roman road' (Gog Magog hills).

[3-5] MS, 'The Romano-British town between Gt. Chesterford and Ickleton. Sometimes identified with Iceanum' (lecture, 1939); 'The Romano-British town at Great Chesterford' (lecture, 1932, reprinted from the Cambridge Chronicle, 27 July 1932); and typescript, 'Notes on Great Chesterford, by Prof. Haverfield', from a MS in Haverfield Library, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford ('received Dec 1932').

[6-9] MS and typescript, Saxon churches (East Anglia); draft introduction and Part III of a general account of Saxon churches.

[10-29] Notes on Anglo-Saxon churches: Arrington; St. Benet's, Cambridge; St. Benet's, the question of the finish of the top of tower (1915); 'The lateral windows in the tower of St. Benet's Cambridge' (1916); 'The Saxon arch of old St. Giles, Cambridge'; Croydon (2 MSS); Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk (2 MSS, 1 typescript); Great Paxton (MS and typescript); Hadstock (2 MSS, 1 typescript); Little Abington; Little Saxham; Milton, Cambridgeshire; Sawston; Shepreth (1927); and Strethall.

[30-33] Cambridge Antiquarian Society survey of churches: unfinished reports on West Wickham, West Wratting, Shudy Camps, and Castle Camps.

[34-37] Notes on Ickleton: 'Notes on the topography of Ickleton and the Essex branch of the Cam'; Ickleton Priory; Ickleton church; and 'Ickleton Church in the XVIIIth century' (reprinted from C.A.S. Communications, Vol. XXX, 1929).

[38-40] Lectures: 'Saxon Cambridge' (1926); 'Saxon churches and gravestones in Cambridge and its neighbourhood' (1926); and 'Saxon remains in Cambridgeshire' (1928).

[41-45] Accounts: Saxon gravestones; Saxon tombstones; Stone recently found in Steyning churchyard; part of a paper on Saxon remains around Cambridge; and 'The Saxo-Norman overlap'.

[46-47] 'The building of Burwell Castle' (1934); lecture on Burwell Castle.

[48-67]. Miscellanea: notes on archways of Britford Church, Wiltshire; copy letter to Sir Cyril Fox, with sketches (undated) on Anglo-Saxon work at Brigstock, Northants; 'The first Renaissance of architecture' (1917); accounts of Anglo-Saxon architecture; sketches of Saxon features; and photographs of Saxon stones in church walls.

Administrative / Biographical History

Louis Cobbett (1862-1947), pathologist, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, 1881-84, and took his M.D. degree in 1899. He was University Lecturer in Bacteriology, 1907-29, and the author of The causes of tuberculosis. Cobbett was a member of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society and published several papers on archaeological subjects.

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Pathology Library, 1994.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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