Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley
Antiquarian collections of Christopher Towneley including (c. 6) transcripts of documents relating to the Houghton and Talbot families, temp. Henry V-Edward VI, with a schedule of deeds relating to property in Hapton, Cliviger and Towneley in Lancashire, temp. Edward I-Elizabeth I; and (c. 12) transcripts of documents, mainly temp. Elizabeth I, relating to the manor of Wakefield, the Earls of Derby, and the manor of Ightenhill in Lancashire, with extracts from a cartulary of Whalley abbey.
- 17th cent.
Language of Materials
English and Latin
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Lancs. c. 6; Top. Yorks. c. 12].
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MSS. Top. Lancs. c. 6; Top. Yorks. c. 12
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 13392
Biographical / Historical
Christopher Towneley (1604-74) was a member of a Catholic gentry family from Towneley in Lancashire. He is known as an antiquary but also had an interest in scientific research, particularly astronomy. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 54409-10.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bought by the Library from Gwendoline Bertie, Countess of Abingdon in 1933.
- Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley
- Susan Thomas
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