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Miscellaneous collections concerning the ecclesiastical antiquities of the province of York, Written in about 1710-1750

MS. Willis 35
Held at the Weston Library

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Miscellaneous collections concerning the ecclesiastical antiquities of the province of York, containing many letters to Browne Willis, lists of dignitaries, copies of monuments, and some engravings or drawings of churches, etc. The papers connected with the diocese:

  1. Of York begin on fol. 1
  2. Those for Durham (largely the work of James Mickleton and dr. Fitzherbert Adams, cf. fol. 190) on fol. 128
  3. Carlisle on fol. 230
  4. Chester on fol. 282
  5. Sodor and Man on fol. 407, cf. 363

Among the autograph letters are some of:

  1. archbp. Thomas Herring, 10 June 1745 (fol. 7a)
  2. F. Drake (three), 1737-38 (fol. 59)
  3. Thomas Wilson of Leeds 29 Aug. 1738 (fol. 98)
  4. John Rymer (five), 1722-26 (fols. 143, 154)
  5. Thomas Baker (seven: fols. 159, 175, 299)
  6. Christopher Hunter (several), 1735-46 (fol. 196)
  7. John Waugh, bp. of Carlisle, 8 Feb. 1725 (fol. 274b)
  8. archbp. W. Wake, 4 May 1723 (fol. 281)
  9. Francis Gastrell, bp. of Chester (two: fol. 284)
  10. John Stones (several), 1725-26 (fol. 370)
  11. Thomas Wilson, bp. of Man (several), 1725-26 (fols. 413, 423), with two drawings of St. German's cathedral

These and some subsequent volumes are part of the materials from which Browne Willis wrote his Survey of Cathedrals (1727-30, etc.).


  • Creation: Written in about 1710-1750


441 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin


MS. Willis 35

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. III, no. 16328

Custodial History

Mark by which the Collection was referred to until about A.D. 1870: fol. 35

Physical Facet

On paper


13 5/8 × 8 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom