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Details of MC 186
Reference: MC 186

Papers relating to Anglo-Saxon churches papers relating to Norwich Cathedral close and papers of Arthur Bensly Whittingham

Date: 1274-1980s
Held by: Norfolk Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Whittingham, Arthur Bensley, 1901-1986

Physical description: 396 files.
Immediate source of acquisition:

Records received by the Norfolk Record Office on 16 July 1987 [MS 22041]

Administrative / biographical background:

Arthur Bensly Whittingham (1901-1986) was the Son of Walter Godfrey Whittingham, Bishop of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Brought up in Rutland, he qualified as an architect and practised in the 1930s at 10 Tower Street and 11 Neale Place, Ipswich. In 1932 he was appointed Surveyor to Norwich Cathedral and on his retirement in 1963 he became archaeological adviser to the Dean and Chapter. An antiquary and, though he published comparatively little, authority on medieval architecture, he inherited the interests and many of the papers of his grandfather W.T. Bensly, antiquary and Chapter Clerk. His antiquarian, family and personal papers are listed here and also those of his architectural practice, but those relating to his work as Cathedral surveyor before his retirement in 1963 and those which were found among his papers of previous Cathedral Surveyors have been listed, as far as they can now be separately identified, with the records of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich (DCN 131).

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