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Paston and Coke papers

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MS. Top. Norfolk b. 3
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Paston and Coke papers:

  1. Fol. 4. Nine letters from sir William Paston to sir Thomas Knyvett, 1594-1608, followed by a copy of one from him to the earl of Salisbury, Nov. 13, 1608 (fol. 22), one from him to Lady Knyvett, Nov. 19, 1608 (fol. 23), and an agreement between sir W. Paston and William Wright & John Key of London about making a tomb or monument in North Walsham church, Feb. 23, 1607/8, not quite perfect (fol. 24)
  2. Fol. 26. Notes and pedigrees relating to the Paston family, partly in the hand of Peter Le Neve, with a few original papers, including a petition from Lancelot Helmes, March 26, 1615 (fol. 43)
  3. Fol. 45. Coke papers, including autographs of sir Edward Coke, 1596 and 1612 (fols. 45, 50), Robert Cooke, 16th cent. (fol. 47), Nicholas Cook, Aug. 10, 1582 (fol. 48), Arthur Coke, Aug. 7, 1627 (fol. 51), Edw. Cooke, 1633-48 (fol. 52), Thomas Cooke, Apr. 3, 1668 (fol. 55), and Robert Cooke, Dec. 15, 1705 (fol. 56), also a letter from Thomas Ringes, Sept. 21, 1607 (fol. 58), and from John Ringe, Apr. 20, 1611 (fol. 60), and genealogical notes of the Coke family
  4. Fol. 66. Copies of nineteen letters from sir John Fastolfe, 1450, etc. (cf. fol. 44v), made by Richard Gough in Nov. 1787


  • Creation: Written in A.D. 1601-1787


82 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Top. Norfolk b. 3, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Top. Norfolk b. 3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20508


Paston and Coke papers

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Paston (1528-1610) was founder of North Walsham Grammar School. Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) was a judge, MP and law writer.

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. 30742

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by The Bodleian Library in 1890.

Physical Facet

On paper


15 5/8 × 10 3/8 in.

Paston and Coke papers
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom