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Series B: supplementary historical series


Reference code(s): GB 0122 Series B

Held at: Westminster Diocesan Archives

Title: Series B: supplementary historical series

Date(s): 1293-1889

Level of description: Series

Extent: 15 vols and 31 boxes

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

Supplementary historical papers, 1293-1889, comprising:

1 Copy of the charter and statutes of the Vicars Choral of Wells, c 1591.

2 Volume containing Acta of Archbishops of Canterbury, Robert Winchelsea, 1293-1313; Walter Reynolds, 1313-1327 and Simon Islip, 1349-1366 and heresy presentations in the diocese of Norwich, c 1430.

3 Volume of letters of Bishop Robert Gradwell, whilst Rector of the English College, Rome, 1817-1828, chiefly to Bishop William Poynter.

4-5 Volumes containing copies of letters of Bishop Thomas Griffiths, 1837-1847.

6 Papers of Capt Barker on the Catholic Revival, 1676-1683 and papers of Henry Browne, Secretary of State to James II in exile at St. Germain, chiefly between France and England, c 1689-1691.

7 Papers relating to the Stuarts, notably James II, 1692-1695, 1711-1713 and 1717-1719.

8-13 Copies of papers and transcripts gathered by the antiquarian John Kirk when researching a continuation of Charles Dodd's Church History of England (1737-42).

14 Official printed material relating to the Beatification of St John Fisher, St Thomas More and others, 1866.

15 Writings of Bishop Richard Challoner and John Kirk's copy of Challoner's Spiritual Letters.

16 Letters from the French Clergy, following the French Revolution, chiefly to Bishop John Douglass, 1792-1798.

17 Papers of Bishop Douglass chiefly concerning nuns, 1788-1805.

18 Papers relating to the Chapter of St Peter, Rome, [by Canon Richard Howard], 1714-1720.

19 Petition of thanks to Pope Pius IX from the Laity of Westminster and Southwark, following the restoration of the Hierarchy, 1850.

20 Draft letters of Bishop William Poynter, 1812-1827.

24-27 Volumes of correspondence of the Roman Agents 1578-1636.

28 Volume of contemporary catalogues of the English martyrs, 17th century.

29 Letters and papers of William Howard and a few earlier family papers, c 1633-1680.

30 Letters of Bishop Robert Gradwell at Rome, 1817-1827.

31 Manuscript volume of Thomas Worthington's catalogue of martyrs, 1614, and copies of other papers concerning martyrs.

32 Volume containing transcriptions of documents in the Magliabecchiana Library, c 1549-1625.

33-46 Epistolae Variarum, 1701-1784, letters from Rome to the Vicars Apostolic.

47 Volume of Roman Agency papers, 1625 with some miscellaneous papers, 1605-1715.

48 Volume of papers of the Roman Agency and papers of [Christopher] Bagshaw, 1590-1790.

49 Volume of draft letters of Bishop William Poynter, [1806]-1814.

50-55 Claims for the recovery of the Douai property and for compensation and correspondence with the English Commissioners, c 1814-1830.

56-57 Process for the English martyrs at Rome, 1888-1889.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin, French and Italian.

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open for consultation by appointment only between 12:00 - 5:00, Mondays and Wednesdays. Call: 0207 938 3580 or email: for appointments.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only on the undertaking of a copyright declaration. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Westminster Roman Cathlic Diocesan Trustees.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Hand list is available in the Archives reading room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Series B comprises material found after the combination of Series A, and contains material supplementary to Series A.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received by the archive from Archbishop's House.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

This series comprises material supplementary to Series A.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Catholicism | Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Counter-Reformation | Religious movements | Religious institutions
French Revolution (1789-1799) | Revolutionary movements | Political movements
Heresy | Religious doctrines | Theology
Monasticism | Religious movements | Religious institutions
Roman Catholics | Catholics | Christians | Religious groups
Saints | Religious groups
Martyrs x Saints
Religious history

Personal names
Browne | Henry | [1642]-1717 | Secretary of State in exile
Challoner | Richard | 1691-1781 | Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Douglass | John | [1743]-1812 | Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Fisher | John [1469]-1535 | Saint | bishop of Rochester | cardinal
Gradwell | Robert | 1777-1833 | college head and Roman Catholic bishop
Griffiths | Thomas | 1791-1847 | Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Howard | William | 1612-1680 | Viscount Stafford | nobleman
Islep | Simon [1300]-1366 | archbishop of Canterbury x Islip | Simon
James II and IV | 1633-1701 | King of Great Britain and Ireland
Kirk | John | 1760-1851 | Roman Catholic priest and antiquary
More | Sir | Thomas | 1478-1535 | Knight | statesman and author
Pius IX | 1792-1878 | Pope
Poynter | William | 1762-1827 | Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Reynolds | Walter | d 1327 | archbishop of Canterbury
Winchelsey | Robert | [1240]-1313 | archbishop of Canterbury
Worthington | Thomas | [1548]-1626 | Roman Catholic priest and biblical scholar

Corporate names
Diocese of Norwich
Roman Catholic Church
Venerable English College | Rome
Vicariate Apostolic of the London District
Vicars Choral | Wells

France | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Rome | Italy | Western Europe | Europe