In March 1650 the Parliamentary Trustees for Deans and Chapters gave instructions to Captain Sherman in Canterbury to catalogue the Chapter Library and have it transported to the Trustees' headquarters at Gurney House in the Old Jewry, London. The inventory taken (see below) is in the form of a shelf list, dated 1649 (1650 new style). The books were not delivered immediately, apparently because of obstruction by local officials. Further instructions were issued by the Committee for Compounding which resulted in the library being shipped to London in May 1651 and allocated to Mr George Griffith at the Charterhouse. Griffith had been appointed Preacher at the Charterhouse in the same year and held this office until 1661 when he was ousted in favour of a more orthodox successor. The books were duly returned to Canterbury the same year.
- CCA DDc-LA/1/5
- David J. Shaw, ‘The Chapter Library of Canterbury Cathedral during the Parliamentary Interregnum’, Canterbury Cathedral Chronicle (Canterbury: 2013), pp. 26–29. Download PDF
- Stephen Porter, The London Charterhouse, 2012
The table below shows the text of the inventory of Canterbury Cathedral Library taken on behalf of the Parliamentary commissioners in 1649 before the removal of the books to London.
Columns 3 and 4 indicate whether the books were listed in the earlier inventories of 1634 and 1638.
Column 4 gives information about binding marks.
Column 5 lists the names of donors or former owners, where known.
Column 6 gives the current shelf marks of the books which are still to be found in the Library.
1 sheet, parchment, folded
[verso:] Confession Books etc seized by the Commissioners & sent to London from this library. 1649.
[in a different hand:] Mr D<eye> his Notes brought by his Executrix
[recto:] A note of the books in this liberari and the four shelves
transcription 1634 1638 Binding Donor modern shelf mark [column 1:] <g>regoris worke i vol yes yes — <A>mbrose ij vol yes yes W/M-2-24/25 lira vj vol yes yes W/A-5-1/6 kinge of speine bible viij vol yes yes W/A-6-23/30 Austen vij vol yes yes — d[ionis]ie Alexandrine i vol C C C Thomas Westley W/M-2-15 Isidore i vol C C C Thomas Westley W/M-3-5 Binie generale Counsels v vol yes yes ? Hieroms works iij vol yes yes — alexandry attalensis ij vol yes yes W/E-5-26/27 Hutters new testament
in twelfe languages
ij vol (rebound) Thomas Blechynden W/A-4-4/5 Zanthies works iij vol yes yes W/G-6-31/33 Arias montanium bible i vol yes yes ? Ruperte iij vol blind-stamped W2/X-5-8/9/10 levie historie j vol yes yes — and the midle shelf Basil iij vol C.C.CANT: Ratcliffe W/M-2-29/31 epiphanius ij vol C.C.CANT: Ratcliffe W/M-2-27 Turtulliane ij vol C.C.CANT: Ratcliffe W/M-4-25 Gregorie nisine iij vol C: C: C: Thomas Westley W/E-5-30/31 vlisses alldravandis ij vol William Steele W2/A-13-5/6 tostatie xij vol yes W/B-5-26/37 lipsie ij vol William Steele W/I-5-32/33 Cyrill vij vol C: C: C: Thomas Westley W/M-6-14/20 Gregory [inserted above: nysin] nazia ij vol C.C.CANT: Ratcliffe W/M-3-10/12 eusebien iij vol C C C
C C C
Thomas Westley W/M-5-15
dionisie ij vol bibliothe paterum xvj vol yes yes W/M-4-1/16 and the upper shelfe Crissostome viij vol yes yes W/M-5-18/25 Bernard j vol yes yes W/A-4-37 oecomene ij vol C C C Thomas Westley W/M-5-13/14 theophylact ij vol C C C
C C C
Thomas Westley W/M-2-37
Irenie j vol blind-stamped
Thomas Westley W2/X-7-21 mathue paris j vol C C C William Bray W/E-6-15 Athanasie ij vol C.C.CANT: Ratcliffe H/Rr-8-3/4 french liberties and reghtes ij vol C C C William Bray W/D-5-14 the septegent bible j vol yes yes — Spillmane i vol W/R-8-24/25 Cipriane j vol Ratcliffe W2/A-18-2? viccars deaple i vol C: C: C: William Bray W/B-4-15 selden de Iurie naturalie j vol William Bray — the scotts tumults i vol C C CANT: William Bray W/H-4-42 [column 2:] Laud and fishar i vol C C C William Laud W/K-6-6 greeke liturge xxi vol Norton Knatchbull K-20-1/22 two comon prayer books C C C William Bray W2/A-8-12 (1549) William Bray W2/A-8-13? (1552) platina de vitis pontificem j vol yes yes W/D-4-8 montacute [..]iame j vol C C C William Bray W/C-3-33 titlman on the psalmes i vol yes yes W/O-5-22 Camden britanie j vol yes yes — m[e]sve physicke j vol yes yes — Answorths works j vol yes yes W/H-2-28/29 Justine marter j vol C: C: C: Thomas Westley W/M-2-12 Saravies works j vol yes yes — Bodleys lyberarie j vol yes yes W2/A-4-14 durante j vol Thomas Westley Not W2/X-2-28 Seldens works j vol — a grecke booke in ryten hand j mirabulie j vol yes yes W2/X-4-26 Aristokles works xiij vol yes yes W/P-1-53/54? functio j vol yes yes W/F-4-1 elusidatorum i vol yes yes W2/A-8-14 an English bible yes yes ? twentie and foor maniscrips yes two globes & a maps booke (yes) (yes) W2/A-18-10
[in a different hand?]
Pray place your books whear you had them