William Cole: Papers on Cambridgeshire Landholdings

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  • Reference
      GB 12 MSS.Add.6224-6225
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1746-1747 (copies of originals of the 13th - 17th centuries)
  • Name of Creator
  • Physical Description
      2 volumes

Scope and Content

Copies of documents relating to landholdings in Cambridgeshire, 13th century - 17th century, arranged by hundred.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Cole (1714-1782), Cambridge antiquary, was born at Little Abington, near Babraham, on 3 August 1714. He attended private schools in Cambridge, Linton and Saffron Walden, before spending five years at Eton. He entered Clare Hall, Cambridge, in 1733, transferring to King's College, Cambridge, in 1736 (B.A., 1736; M.A., 1740). Cole was rector of Hornsey, Middlesex, 1749-1751, although he chose not to reside there, then rector of Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, 1753-1767. He moved to Waterbeach, near Cambridge, in 1767, and to Milton in 1770, before becoming non-resident vicar of Burnham, Buckinghamshire, 1774-1782. He was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1747. Cole died at Milton on 16 December 1782. He bequeathed his manuscript collection, which consisted of material relating to Cambridge and its university, Huntingdonshire and Buckinghamshire, to the British Museum.

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by the Revd E.L. Pearson, 1920.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Cole in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 734-737.

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