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Transcript of the words of the 24 Chester Mysteries or Miracle plays, written in 1604 by W. Bedford

MS. Bodl. 175
Held at the Weston Library

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At end: 'This is the last of all the xxiiijor pageantes or playes played by the xxiiijor craftesmen of the Cittie of Chester, written in the yere ... 1604 ... per me Gulielmum Bedford.' This is a transcript of the words of the 24 Chester Mysteries or Miracle plays (in this MS. divided into 25). Of the prologue or metrical Bans only the part dealing with the separate Companies is here copied, beginning with 'Of the drapers yow the welthie Companie' (the first stanza, about the Tanners, not having been copied, though their play stands first in the series), and ending with six additional lines, printed by Markland. The date of the last performance of the plays is believed to be 1575.


  • Creation: written in 1604 by W. Bedford


180 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Bodl. 175

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 27631.

Related Materials

See MS. Malone 4.


  • See J. H. Markland's Chester Mysteries (1818), T. Wright's Chester Plays (1843), H. Deimling's Chester Plays , pt. 1 (1892).

Physical Facet

On paper


12 × 8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom