King's Works Accounts
Two guard-books containing leaves of accounts, with some photostats, relating to the King's Works in the time of Henry VIII, taken from 16th-century bindings (executed in Oxford) of books and manuscripts in various collections. Some of the leaves are signed by Thomas Heritage and Thomas Gunnar and many are countersigned by David Marten, Comptroller of the King's Works.
- Creation: 16th century
0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. b. 192/1, fols. 1-2].
Full range of shelfmarks:
MSS. Eng. hist. b. 192/1-2
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 7438, 7546, 7846, 8090, 8793
King's Works Accounts guardbooks, 16th century.
Biographical / Historical
The Office of Works was created by the English Royal Household to oversee the construction of Royal buildings. It was first established in 1378.
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. I, nos. 39642-3.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Taken from volumes in the Library or given by the owners of the books in which the leaves were found, 1943-1958.
- King's Works Accounts
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
- EAD version 2019
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