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Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley


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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.


  • Creation: 17th century


0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Lancs. c. 6, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Top. Lancs. c. 6, Top. Yorks. c. 12

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13392


Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley (1604-1674).

Biographical / Historical

Christopher Towneley (1604-1674) 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library from Gwendoline Bertie, Countess of Abingdon in 1933.

Related Materials

See also the Scientific and Antiquarian Papers of Christopher and Richard Towneley (MSS. Eng. c. 7031-2, Eng. d. 3537-40, Eng. e. 3387-93, French e. 41, Lat. misc. d. 100, Lat. misc. e. 133-4).

Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley
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Repository Details

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