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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/313/E
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1450-1827
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 19 production units.
Name of creator(s): St Paul's Cathedral | London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The cathedral's deans, treasurers, precentors, chancellors and prebendaries (see below) are listed in J Le Neve's Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, 1066-1300 (compiled by DE Greenway, 1968), and 1300-1541, and 1541-1857 (compiled by JM Horn, 2 vols, 1963 and 1969).

For officials in the period 1857-98, see G Hennessy, Novum Repertorium Ecclesiasticum Parochiale Londinense (1898). After 1898, consult individual volumes of Crockford's Clerical Directory and the London Diocese Book (both issued annually).

For further details of medieval deans, see CNL Brooke, "The Deans of St Paul's ca. 1090-1499" in Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, vol.29 (1956), pp.231-44. For the medieval Chapter, see CNL Brooke, "The Composition of the Chapter of St Paul's 1086-1163" in Cambridge Historical Journal, vol.10 (1951), pp.111-132, and CNL Brooke and G Keir "London and the Kingdom: The Chapter of St Paul's" in their London 800-1216: The Shaping of a City (1975), pp.338-59.

For relations between the Chapter and the bishops of London in the period 1426-48, see IA Zadnik, The Administration of the Diocese of London, Bishops William Gray, Robert Fitzhugh and Robert Gilbert (1426-1448) (University of Cambridge, PhD dissertation, 1993), pp.112-146.

The Printed Books Section of Guildhall Library has biographies of a number of individual deans of St Paul's, as well as Papers of British Churchmen, 1780-1940 (Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Guides to Sources for British History no.6, 1987).

For a list of Surveyors to the Cathedral Fabric, 1675-1987, see P Burman, St Paul's Cathedral, p.181. A typescript list of virgers, 1598-1974, compiled by AJ Morrison, is also held by the Guildhall Printed Books Section (Fo Pam 6422).

A copy of W Sparrow Simpson's The Charter and Statutes of the College of Minor Canons in St Paul's Cathedral, held by the Printed Books Section, being a reprint from Archaeologia, vol.43 (1871), pp.165-200, includes manuscript lists by JS Bumpus of the following officials: minor canons, 1306-1908; sub-deans, 1414-1904; vicars choral, 1622-1909; succentors, 1672-1906; sacrists, 1660-1901 and cathedral librarians, 1728-1903.

For the functions of individual officials, particularly in the 14th century, see K Edwards, The English Secular Cathedrals in the Middle Ages (2nd edn, 1967). See also Victoria County History, London Vol.1 (1909), pp.420-28.

The cathedral's thirty prebends are as follows:
Broomsbury [i.e. Brondesbury];
Caddington Major;
Caddington Minor;
Cantlers [i.e. Cantlowes];
Eald Street;
Harleston [i.e. Harlesden];
Holbourn [i.e. Holborn];
Nesden [i.e. Neasden];
Newington [i.e. Stoke Newington];
Pancratius [i.e. St Pancras];
Reculversland [i.e. Reculverland];
Totenhall [i.e. Tottenham Court];
Twiford [i.e. Twyford];
Wilsden [i.e. Willesden].
Prebends were estates or land from which money was derived to support a canon of a cathedral.

Note: there are a number of variant spellings for certain prebends. For manorial and estate records associated with most of these prebends, see section CLC/313/N. Financial records, including salary information for cathedral personnel, are described in the full catalogue of section CLC/313/G.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Dean and Chapter of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, relating to the appointment of officials at the Cathedral. Records include:

* Commission for induction of Thomas Lisieux as dean, 1441 (CLC/313/E/001/MS25437).

* Papers concerning the election and confirmation of certain deans, 1664-1827 (CLC/313/E/003/MS10950/0011-015).

* Subscription book, 1686-1723 (CLC/313/E/004/MS25801). This book includes subscriptions by archdeacons; prebendaries; minor canons; vicars choral and other cathedral personnel; incumbents presented to benefices in the Dean and Chapter's patronage and within the Peculiar jurisdiction; incumbents instituted or collated; and curates, lecturers, schoolmasters, parish clerks, and (1700-13 only) physicians, surgeons within the Peculiar jurisdiction.

* Presentations to and resignations from livings, 1660-6 (CLC/313/E/005/MS25596). These livings are mostly those held by cathedral dignitaries or within the gift of the Dean and Chapter. Includes papers concerning the election of John Barwick as dean in 1661.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section. For a detailed discussion of the arrangement of the collection, see the fonds level description for Saint Paul's Cathedral, reference CLC/313.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The bulk of the archives of St Paul's Cathedral were transferred to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in September 1980. They were catalogued by a member of Guildhall Library staff in around 1989. Other accessions were received from the 1960s onwards. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other sources for appointments of bishops, deans, cathedral officials, incumbents instituted or collated by the Dean and Chapter, and incumbents instituted or collated within the Peculiar jurisdiction are listed in sections CLC/313/C and CLC/313/D.

For confirmations of elections of deans, see also MS25513 (section CLC/313/D), MS25630 (section CLC/313/C), and the episcopal registers of London Diocese to 1827 (see DL/A/A).

For the licensing of lecturers, schoolmasters, parish clerks, physicians, surgeons and midwives within the Peculiar jurisdiction, see section CLC/313/K.

The College of Minor Canons' archive has been separately catalogued as CLC/314.

Publication note:

See list of works referenced in the 'administrative history' section.

Description Notes

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:
August to October 2010.

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