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Abingdon Abbey cartulary

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Abingdon Abbey cartulary

Author
Date
[c.1345-1346]
Medium
Manuscript

A cartulary of Abingdon Abbey, c.1345-1346, with additions of the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries. The entry shown here records royal grants. The cartulary was first recorded as being in the possession of Henry, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote in June 1594 (De La Mare, Lyell MSS., p. 37). It is possible that the manuscript came to Rycote through John Williams, whom in 1538 was involved in the dissolution of Abingdon Abbey. Alternatively, Slade and Lambrick suggest that Henry Norris may have acquired it upon his acquisition of the manor of Cumnor, a former possession of Abingdon Abbey (Slade & Lambrick, Abingdon Abbey, vol. 1, p. xlii). Thomas Tanner, in his 1695 publication Notitia Monastica, recorded that the cartulary had been in the possession of the Wrays at Rycote in the seventeenth century (Tanner, Notita Monastica, p. 2). It is again cited as being at Rycote, then owned by the 4th Earl of Abingdon, in 1787 (De La Mare, Lyell MSS., p. 38). H.E. Salter mistakenly claimed that the cartulary had been destroyed in a bonfire following the demolition of the Tudor mansion at Rycote in 1807 (Salter, Hearne, vol. xi p. 166). The cartulary was acquired by James Lyell in 1935 and subsequently bequeathed to the Bodleian.

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