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NEWCOURT, Richard (d 1716)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/481

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: NEWCOURT, Richard (d 1716)

Date(s): 1666-1700

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 volumes, 5 pages and 3 maps.

Name of creator(s): Newcourt | Richard | d 1716 | historian and notary


Administrative/Biographical history:

Richard Newcourt was the son of a topographical draughtsman. He attended Oxford University before becoming a notary public. He was also a clerk at the Court of Arches, later becoming a proctor. In 1669 he became principal registrar of the diocese of London, holding the post until 1696.

Using the records in his custody as well as researching elsewhere, Newcourt compiled a history of the diocese of London. This two volume work was published in 1708 and 1710, entitled Repertorium ecclesiasticum parochiale Londinense: an ecclesiastical parochial history of the diocese of London. The work recounts the history of St Paul's Cathedral, the bishops and deans of London, and the parishes of the diocese. He also wrote an unpublished history of the bishops of England to 1710.

Newcourt died in 1716; his date and place of birth are unknown although his family came from Somerset.

Information from Newcourt, Richard, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 15 June 2011].


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Richard Newcourt, historian and notary, comprising drafts and notes for the first volume of Newcourt's Repertorium Ecclesiasticum Parochiale Londinense, (published 1708); and three maps of London, one of the City before the Great Fire of 1666 and two plans for its subsequent rebuilding; together with An Explanation of the mapps, and A letter expressing some inconveniences of the old city, and some reasons for the new modellinge of the same.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These items were donated to Guildhall Library in 1939, and were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in the same year. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.



Archivist's note:

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: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Antiquaries | Historians | Social scientists
Church history | Religious history
Great Fire of London (1666) | Fires | Accidents | Disasters
Historical research | History
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Urban planning | Urban development
Disasters (events)
Town and country planning

Personal names
Newcourt | Richard | d 1716 | historian and notary

Corporate names
Diocese of London | Church of England
St Paul's Cathedral | London

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe