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Collections for the history of Essex by Foote Gower

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MS. Top. Essex b. 4
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Collections for the history of Essex by Foote Gower, M.D. (d. 1780), consisting largely of drawings of old camps and castles, and of ecclesiastical monuments, with miscellaneous notes and letters, unarranged, among which are:

  1. Fol. 59. A letter from R. Gough, Nov. 4, 1766
  2. Fol. 68. An account of Canewdon, Aug. 28, 1721 (not by Gower)
  3. Fol. 74. A copy of the bp. of Lincoln's rescript, as Visitor of Brasenose college, Oxford, about the disqualifying estate for a Fellowship there, Aug. 27, 1754
  4. Fol. 106. A map of the Roman roads in a triangle between Cambridge, Peterborough, and Hilgay, chiefly in Cambridgeshire
  5. Fol. 119. 'A Specimen of the Antiquities of the County of Essex, digested under ... historic Æras ...', unfinished
  6. Fol. 160. Drawings, some coloured, by J. Strutt of Essex, of antiquities of all kinds, including some painted glass at Rookwood Hall, 1772 (fol. 187), and Cobbles Hall (fol. 189)


  • Creation: Written in the 18th century chiefly by F. Gower


231 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Essex b. 4, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Top. Essex b. 4

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20474


Collections for the history of Essex by Foote Gower

Biographical / Historical

Foote Gower (1726-1780) was an Anglican Clergyman, physician and antiquary.

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. 30704

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1890. For other Gower MSS. see nos. 28483-87, with which these papers perhaps came.

Physical Facet

On paper


15 3/4 × 10 3/8 in.

Collections for the history of Essex by Foote Gower
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