Canterbury Cathedral Librarians since the Reformation

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1634
Canon Meric Casaubon supervised the inventory of the Library made for Archbishop Laud's visitation.
1640
The Dean and Chapter plan to appoint a full-time librarian, in spite of the growing political difficulties.
[Collinson, 194]
1641–1646
John Bayly, minor canon, was library keeper with a fee of £7 a year.
[Ramsay 382]
1666–1670
Elisha Robinson, minor canon, Bibliothecarius, with a salary of £7 a year.
[ DCc/TB-5 p.52 ]
1672
Dr Arthur Keyes (or Kaye), (d. 1701), a Six Preacher (1670), appointed library keeper.
John Sargenson, minor canon, appointed assistant library keeper.
[Ramsay 385; Ingram Hill 67]
1688–89
Elias Robinson, a minor canon, appointed library keeper.
[Ramsay 383; Gregory 253]
1720s
David Wilkins (1685–1745), the Archbishop’s librarian at Lambeth, 1715–18, a prebendary of Canterbury 1720–1745 (Stall XII). During his tenure at Canterbury, he prepared and maintained a handwritten catalogue of the printed books (Ramsay 388; CCA-DCc-LA/2/5).
1797
H.J. Todd, a minor canon, referred to as the 'Librarian'.
[Ramsay 389]
1801
Dr Houstonne Radcliffe (prebendary, 1795–1822) named 'Librarian', assisted by a salaried Sub-Librarian. (By 1812, he had been appointed Vice-Dean of Wells: Clergy of the Church of England Database)
[Ramsay 390]
1804–1806
Cyprian Rondeau Bunce (1752–1807), a Canterbury solicitor and alderman, arranged and indexed the archives. [Ramsay 391
1828–1854
Dr J.H. Spry (canon, 1828–1854) served as Librarian until his death in 1854. [Ramsay 392–3]
1841
The Rev. Joshua Stratton, Sub-Librarian
1854–1858
Canon Librarian: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (canon 1851–1858). [Ramsay 395]
1858–1859
Archdeacon Benjamin Harrison and Dean Henry Alford acted as Canon Librarians. [Ramsay 395]
1859–1882
Canon Librarian: James Craigie Robertson (canon 1859–1882). [Ramsay 395]
1877
Joseph Brigstocke Sheppard (1828–1895) invited by the Chapter to re-arrange the muniments. He later had the titles of Assistant Librarian, Librarian of the Howley-Harrison Library, and Keeper of the Cathedral Records. [Ramsay 396, 399]
1890–1897
Canon Librarian: George Rodney Eden, canon and Bishop of Dover. Eden had two Honorary Librarians appointed to supervise the reading room: M. Beazeley and F. W. Cross. Robert Rhodes, a lay clerk, was paid as Library Keeper. [Ramsay 399–401]
1903–1916
Canon Librarian: Edward Moore, canon 1903–1916. [Ramsay 401]
1907–1948
Charles Eveleigh Woodruff (1855–1948) appointed as Honorary Librarian (Deputy Librarian 1909–1918). [Ramsay 401]
1918–1939
Dr Charles Cotton appointed (honorary) Deputy Librarian. [Ramsay 402]
1924–1936
Canon Librarian: Samuel Bickersteth, canon 1916–1936. [Ramsay 402]
1936–1948
Cathedral Librarian: William Parry Blore (1875–1948), a retired school teacher. [Ramsay 403–4]
Chapter Library letterheads of 1937-1938 list the following Library staff: W.P.Blore M.A. (Librarian), 20 St Stephen's Road F.W.Tyler F.S.A. (Sub-Librarian), 129 Whitstable Road Charles Cotton O.B.E. F.R.C.P. (Deputy Librarian), 11d The Precincts The Rev. C.E. Woodruff M.A. (Honorary Librarian), 62 Old Dover Road Miss E. Barbara Leaver (Assistant in the Howley Library), Arlesdene, Canterbury Road, Herne Bay
1946–1948
William Urry appointed Assistant Librarian. [Ramsay 404]
1948–1969
Dr William Urry, Cathedral Archivist and Librarian.
1968–1973
Canon Librarian: Canon Joseph Robinson
1970–1989
Anne Oakley, Cathedral Archivist.
1973–1987
Canon Librarian: Canon Donald Allchin
1979–1988
Mrs Naomi Pearman (later Linnell) appointed Keeper of Printed Books jointly with the University of Kent. [Ramsay 406]
1987–1994
Canon Librarian: Canon Christopher Lewis
1989–?
Cathedral Archivist: Charlotte Hodgson
1988
Resignation of Mrs Naomi Linnell.
Miss Karen James seconded temporarily from University of Kent.
1989–2002
Cathedral Librarian: Mrs Sheila Hingley
1994–2002
Canon Librarian: Roger Symon
?–2000
Cathedral Archivist: Michael Stansfield
2001–2005
Cathedral Archivist: Heather Forbes
2002–200?
Canon Librarian: Canon Edward Condry
200?–2005
Canon Librarian: Canon Richard Marsh
2002–2008
Cathedral Librarian: Keith O'Sullivan
2004–
Assistant Librarian: Karen Brayshaw; Librarian from 2008
2006–
Cathedral and City Archivist: Cressida Williams
2007–
Canon Librarian: Canon Christopher Irvine

Bibliography

Collinson: Patrick Collinson, 'The Protestant Cathedral, 1541–1660'. In: A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 154–203.

Gregory: Jeremy Gregory, 'Canterbury and the Ancien Régime: The Dean and Chapter, 1660–1828'. In: A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 204–55.

Ingram Hill: Derek Ingram Hill, The Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral, (Canterbury1982).

Ramsay: Nigel Ramsay, 'The Cathedral Archives and Library'. In: A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 341–407.