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Collection Level Description: Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley

Reference: MSS. Top. Lancs. c. 6; Top. Yorks. c. 12
Title: Antiquarian Collections of Christopher Towneley
Dates of Creation: 17th cent.
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Christopher Towneley

Language of Material: English and Latin

Administrative/Biographical History

Christopher Towneley (1604-74) was a member of a Catholic gentry family from Towneley in Lancashire. He is known as an antiquary but also had an interest in scientific research, particularly astronomy. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Scope and Content

Antiquarian collections of Christopher Towneley including (c. 6) transcripts of documents relating to the Houghton and Talbot families, temp. Henry V-Edward VI, with a schedule of deeds relating to property in Hapton, Cliviger and Towneley in Lancashire, temp. Edward I-Elizabeth I; and (c. 12) transcripts of documents, mainly temp. Elizabeth I, relating to the manor of Wakefield, the Earls of Derby, and the manor of Ightenhill in Lancashire, with extracts from a cartulary of Whalley abbey.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library from Gwendoline Bertie, Countess of Abingdon in 1933.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 54409-10.

Related Units of Description

See also the Scientific and Antiquarian Papers of Christopher and Richard Towneley.

Access Points


Towneley | Christopher | 1604-1674 | Antiquary

Haughton | family

Stanley | family | Earls of Derby

Talbot | family

Whalley Abbey

Cliviger (Lancashire, England)

Hapton (Lancashire, England)

Ightenhill (Lancashire, England)

Towneley (England)

Wakefield (England)

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