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Bury St Edmunds Abbey

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Date: 1000-2000
Places:
  • Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Functions, occupations and activities: Religious Institutions (Pre-Reformation) > Benedictine monks
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/C55216 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/O69739 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
c1215-16th cent: charters (c1215-1537), Suffolk hundred courts (1377-88,1518), manorial court rolls (1255-1510), accounts (1261-1477), extents, rentals and surveys (14th-16th cent), leases 14th-16th cent
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 726 Hengrave

See RM Thomson, Archives of Bury St Edmunds (1980); NRA 3712
2
1259-1547: deeds (15th-16th cent), memorandum book (c1505), abbot's and obedientiary accounts (13th-14th cent), Suffolk manorial court reccords, accounts, rentals, surveys and extents (13th-16th cent), Redgrave customary (14th cent)
University of Chicago Library: Special Collections Research Center
NRA 15216 Bacon

See Thomson
3
11th cent-1606: charters (11th-16th cent), deed of surrender(1539), leases (16th cent), obedientiary accounts (1299-1538), chronicle of John Eversdene (1283), legal and other records rel to relations with borough of Bury (14th-15th cent), taxation (1295), rental (152
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 35148 Bury St Edmunds Boro

See HMC 37,pp121-58; Thomson
4
1259-18th cent: deeds and leases (1259-16th cent), part (ff 486-508) of cellarer's register re Whepstead possessions (15th cent), abbey account roll (1536/7), roll of tenants in Suffolk hundreds (?early 14th cent), cellarer's account rolls for Barton Mills (1272-1313
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
NRA 39544

See Thomson (no.1303,etc); Davis Medieval Cartularies (nos.113,136, copies of nos. 96,12); Monastic Res
5
c1021-81: royal and other charters (some 15th cent copies)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson
6
c1120-1538: royal and other charters and deeds
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Thomson
7
c1257-80: charters
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 4876 Lofft

See Thomson
8
1147-1345: papal bulls
Lambeth Palace Library
See Thomson
9
1399-1414: copy of two indulgences issued by Pope Boniface IX in abbey's favour (1399)
Westminster Abbey Library and Muniment Room
See HMC 4th Report, App, p183
10
1312-1428: deeds (24,1312-77) and bailiffs' accounts (1391, 1427-8) rel to Chelworth, Suffolk
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 40062 Norwich Dean & Chapt
11
1299-1534: 2 deeds 1517, c1534
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 38142 Cholmondeley
12
14th-15th cent: copies of writs of enquiry rel to abbey's privileges (c1327-77), pleas and fines of cellarer's manors (c1260), Little Barton court records (1461-99), 15th cent copies of grants to St Saviour's hospital (c1184-1266)
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Thomson (no.1263, etc)
13
11th cent: Gospel book containing copies of documents rel to abbey property
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1275); GRC Davis Medieval Cartularies (no.122)
14
c1050: Rule of St Benedict with added copies of documents rel to abbey and property
Oxford University: Corpus Christi College Archives
See Thomson (no.1274)
15
c1121-22: Lives and Office of St Edmund containing letters of Abbot Anselm and account of pittances instituted by him
The Morgan Library
See Thomson (no.1276)
16
14th cent: copies of royal and papal charters to the Liberty of St Edmund
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
See Davis (no.98)
17
index of charters, destroyed in Cotton fire 1731
Unknown location
See Davis (no.107)
18
15th cent: formulary, etc
Cambridge University: Jesus College, Old Library
See Davis (133)
19
late 13th-early 14th cent: Black register of the Vestry (cartulary)
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (no.1277); Davis (no.118); Monastic Research Bulletin 3,p12
20
14th-15th cent: 'White Register' cartulary (1280-14th cent)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (nos.1278,1287,1289-90,1315); Davis (nos. 96,104,127,129,130); Monastic Research Bulletin 3,
21
c1312-35: fragments of abbey cartularies and registers, incl parts of register of Abbot Richard Draughton (1312-35)
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (no.1279)
22
14th cent: 'Pinchbeck (or Vestry) Register' cartulary
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (no.1280); Davis (no. 119); Monastic Research Bulletin 3,p12
23
late 13th-15th cent: ''Werketone' Register' cartulary
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1281); Davis (no.106)
24
14th-15th cent: ''Kempe' Register' cartulary
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1283); Davis (no.124)
25
1379-81: 'Lakenheath Register' cartulary
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1283); Davis (no.97)
26
late 13th-early 15th cent: cartularies: 'Red Vestry Register' Parts I & II (c1401-20), 'Sacrist's Register' (late 13th-early 15th cent)
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (nos.1284-85,1296); Davis (nos. 117, 120, 121); Monastic Research Bulletin 3,p12
27
13th cent-1506: register of Abbots Thomas Tottington and Richard Draughton (13th-14th cent)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1286); GRC Davis Medieval Cartularies (no.95)
28
c1390-1429: register of Abbots Cratfield (1390-1415) and Excetre (1415-29)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1288); Davis (no.128)
29
1517-46: 'Reeve or Melford' register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1291); Davis (no.134)
30
c1433-16th cent: Sacrist's register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1297); Davis (no.132)
31
c1265-15th cent: White Cellarer's Register
The National Archives
See Thomson (no.1298); Davis (no.108)
32
15th cent: Cellarer's Register Parts I and II
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (nos.1299-1300); Davis (nos.109, 110)
33
15th cent: part of the cellarer's register, incl charters (942-15th cent), rentals (1421-23), etc rel to Southery, Norfolk
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1301); Davis (no.112): part of Cambridge UL Add 4220
34
13th-15th cent: 'Warkton Book': mainly part of cellarer's register rel to manor of Warkton (Northants) incl dispute with townsmen of Boughton (1298-1300)
Collection held privately: enquiries to Northamptonshire Record Office
See Thomson (no.1302); part of Cambridge U: Add 4220; leaf from BL Add MS 14847; Monastic Research Bulle
35
15th cent: Chamberlain's register or cartulary
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1304); Davis (no.111)
36
1258-1546: 16th cent compilation rel to Rickinghall and Hinderclay (14th-15th cent
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1305, etc)
37
15th cent: treasurer's register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Monastic Research Bulletin 3, p12
38
15th cent: 'Croftis' pittancer's register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1308); Davis (no.116)
39
15th cent: Hostiller's register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1307); Davis (no.114)
40
1425: 'Ickworth' infirmarer's register
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1306); Davis (no.115)
41
late 13th cent: customary
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (no.1292); Davis (no.123); Monastic Research Bulletin 3,p12
42
c1260-15th cent: White book (customary), incl estate memoranda
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1293); Davis (no.105)
43
14th-early 15th cent: customary
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1294); Davis (no.126)
44
c1425: kithener's customary
Bibliotheque municipale de Douai (Marceline Desbordes-Valmore)
See Thomson (no.1295); Davis (no.131)
45
20th cent: copy of parts of kitchener's customary (original in Douai)
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
See Thomson (no.1262)
46
c16th-17th cent: collection of papers rel to disputes between abbey and town of Bury St Edmunds (c1272-1399)
Huntington Library
NRA 24601 Egerton (Bridgwater)
47
1331: (?transcript of) agreement with town rel to compensation due for damage done to abbey
British Library, Manuscript Collections
48
14th cent: collection of pleas and related documents rel to Essex manors (13th-14th cent)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1316); Davis (no.125)
49
15th cent: collection of evidences and manorial documents for abbot's manor of Harlow (12th-15th cent)
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See Thomson (no.1312); Davis (no.102)
50
15th cent: collection of evidences rel to abbot's manor of Melford (12th-15th cent)
Collection held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development
See Thomson (no.1313): Monastic Research Bulletin 5,p7
51
13th-14th cent: schedule of transcripts rel to Roughton-Holme
Cambridge University: Gonville and Caius College Archive
See Monastic Research Bulletin 3, p12
52
15th cent-1535: collection of evidences rel to abbot's manors of Palgrave, Brockford, Redgrave and Wortham (963-1350), and Palgrave rentals (c1438-1535)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1314,etc); Davis (no.103)
53
15th cent: register of charters, rentals, etc for abbot's manors in Fornham (13th cent-1443)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1311); Davis (no.101)
54
15th cent: collection rel to abbot's manor of Culford, incl evidences, inquisition (1348-9), rental (1348), extent (1435)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson (no.1310); Davis (no.100)
55
c1434-35: customary and rental rel to abbot's manor of Coney Weston
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Thomson (no.1309); Davis (no.99)
56
14th cent: bound collection, incl grants of liberties to abbey (14th cent) and dispute with Ely cathedral priory rel to Mildenhall (late 13th cent)
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Thomson (no.1317)
57
c1370-80: manual for instruction of novices
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Monastic Research Bulletin 2,p20
58
annals of abbey?
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See CE Wright, Fontes Harleiani (1972)
59
1354-1540: probate registers of court of sacrist for peculiar of Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 6890 Sudbury archdeacon
60
1493-1507: accounts of prior (1506/7) and hostillar (1493/4)
The National Archives
See Thomson
61
1513-37: accounts of prior (1530/1), sacrist (1536/7), cellarer (1524/5), hostiller (1529/30), feretrar (1524/5), warden of Lady Chapel (1531/2), St Saviour's hospital (1531/2), Suffolk manors (1513/4)
The National Archives
See Thomson
62
1515-16: chamberlain's accounts
North Yorkshire County Record Office
NRA 33897 Brudenell-Bruce

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [12c]
63
1381-1528: cellarer's account (1527/8) and Mildenhall accounts (1381-1468)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson
64
late 13th cent: fragments of ?cellarer's account
Cambridge University: St John's College Library
See Thomson
65
c1515: part of cellarer's account
The National Archives
See Thomson
66
14th cent: part of abbey diet roll
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson
67
1271-1545: Suffolk manorial court rolls (1271-1545), accounts (1313-1471), rentals and extents (15th-16th cent)
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
NRA 4134 Guinness

See Thomson
68
1431-32: abbot's court held in toll-house at Bury
The National Archives
See Thomson
69
13th cent-1325: Newton (13th cent-1310), Horringer (1272-1325) and Whepstead (13th cent) court rolls
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
See Thomson
70
1277-1546: Great Barton court rolls (1277-1546) and accounts (1328-1454)
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 2582

See Thomson
71
1377-84: Elmswell with Woolpit sergeant's account (1377/8) and Little Barton court roll (1377-84)
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
See Thomson
72
1379-1427: Monk Soham court records (1391-4) and accounts (1379-1427)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson
73
1514-45: Semer court rolls
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 12176 Semer deeds

See Thomson (no.1223)
74
1461: Bury rents received
The National Archives
See Thomson
75
1323-24: Mildenhall accounts
Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections
See Thomson
76
1348-49: Palgrave accounts
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See Thomson
77
1458-59: rental and extent book for Fornham, Barton, Timworth, Babwell, Lackford
Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
NRA 3712 Hengrave

See Thomson (no.416); NRA 726
78
1383-c1625: Harlow Bury court rolls 1390-1483
Essex Record Office
NRA 9822 Ethelston
79
1491-98: Harlow Bury court rolls
Surrey History Centre
NRA 18560 Surrey manor
80
1492-1532: drafts of courts 1492, 1493, 1498 and n.d., and receipt for fine 1532 in Harlow Bury manor, Essex
Surrey History Centre
NRA 9475 More-Molyneux
81
1279-1306: Great Barton tithe accounts
Warwickshire County Record Office
NRA 26313 Canning

See Thomson (nos.216-221)
82
13th cent: fragment of late 13th cent corn account
Cambridge University: St John's College Library
See James, St John's College Cambridge, Catalogue of MSS
83
1541: (?transcript of) rental of knights fees of late abbey now in king's hands
British Library, Manuscript Collections
84
(?transcripts of) items relating to abbey
British Library, Manuscript Collections
85
Manuscripts, incl liturgical mss, formerly belonging to abbey
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See CE Wright, Fontes Harleiani (1972)
86
more than 100 manuscripts formerly belonging to abbey
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See HMC 5th Rep, App p484; Munby, Cambridge College Libraries,31; Ker Medieval Libraries 1964,16-22, Sup

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