Beetham Vestry Library

Scope and Content

Books originally collected by Rev. William Hutton in 1762-1811 and the collection augmented by Alfred John Balleine 1907-1929. Mainly Anglical theological works.

Administrative / Biographical History

The volumes were mainly collected by the Reverend William Hutton, Vicar of Beetham, 1762-1811 and placed by him in the Vestry in 1795. The collection was subsequently augmented by various donations, especially that of Alfred John Balleine, Vicar of Beetham from 1907 to 1929. They were deposited in the University Library in 1987.

The collection contains a little over 300 books published before 1800, with about 50 published later. Standard works of Anglican theology form the largest category, but there are also volumes on science and on British antiquities, and works by Latin authors, as well as some volumes by French Protestant theologians. Several large volumes contain a collection of 18th century sermons mainly on special occasions, bound up with a number of political tracts.


Each item is listed by number and listed in a manual catalogue.

Conditions Governing Access

Items in the collection may be consulted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Rare Book Archive.

Acquisition Information

Beetham Parish Church.


Description compiled by Helen Clish and Liz Fawcett

Other Finding Aids

Manual catalogue - can be consulted at Lancaster University Library.

Conditions Governing Use

COPIES FOR PRIVATE STUDY: Subject to copyright conditions imposed by owners and protecting the documents, the library can supply, at charge, photocopies or digital copies.

PUBLICATION: A reader wishing to publish material in the collection should contact the Curator of Rare Books in writing. The reader is responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

Originaly donated in 1795 by Rev William Hutton and gradually added to over the years especially by Alfred John Balleine between 1907-1929. Deposited at the University in 1987.