Benefactors' Book - History

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The order to create a Benefactors' Book was given at a meeting of the Chapter under Dean Isaac Bargrave on 23 June 1628:[1]

That every man should do his endeavour to refurnish the ancient library of the said church. And that a book of velume should be provided wherein the names of the Benefactors should be registered, and that the two upper most deskes should be instantly fitted for the receipt of such books as shall be first given to the encouragement of so good a work.

On 15 January 1676 (1677 n.s.), Canon Peter Du Moulin recorded the following among several payments for the Library:[2]

For a parchment book for the names of benefactors to the Library — 2s 6d
  1. Chapter Acts DCc-CA/4 (1608–1628), fol. 304v (transcription from Woodruff and Danks, Memorials of the Cathedral and Priory of Christ in Canterbury (London: 1912) p. 388
  2. Treasurer's Book DCc-TB/13 1676–1677. Reference provided by Mrs Margaret Sparks.