Reports of cases in King's Bench

Scope and Content

Brief reports of cases in King's Bench, Mich. 1663 to Mich. 1664, probably taken at first hand, including a few 'Chequer Chamber' cases. There is also an alphabetical table of the names of cases.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Court of King's Bench was the highest court of common law in England from the Middle Ages, based at Westminster Hall. It was originally a criminal court, but gradually came to hear civil cases as well. In 1873 it became a division of the High Court of Justice.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Lady Armitage, 21 January 1986.


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

Other Finding Aids

The volume is described in J.H. Baker, A catalogue of English legal manuscripts in Cambridge University Library (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1996), p. 629.

Custodial History

The volume belonged formerly to Sir Arthur Llewellyn Armitage (d. 1984), President of Queens's College, Cambridge, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge and Manchester Universities.