Administrative records, 1085 - 2020
Scope and Contents
In addition, the archives include the administrative records of estates the College was given by Henry VI, many of which were the lands of the so-called alien priories, dependancies in England of foreign religious houses such as the Norman Abbey of Bec, confiscated by the Crown in 1414. These lands brought their written memory with them in the form of charters and court records, in some cases going back to the 11th century. Researchers investigating early manorial governance, religious houses, farming practices, genealogy, and alterations to land boundaries or properties, will find evidence in such records as court rolls, accounts, maps, tenancy agreements, and leases. 187 estates in 30 counties ranging west to St Michael's Mount in Cornwall, east to Toft Monks in Norfolk, north to Allerton Mauleverer in Yorkshire, and south to Hooe in Sussex, all document ecclesiastical and secular communities from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The College Archive also includes records relating to College interactions with the University, the Colleges of Cambridge and Oxford, and the city of Cambridge. These are concentrated in the KCAR/7 and KCAS sections.
Henry VI's grand plan for the lay-out and buildings of his new College envisaged a Muniment Tower, originally four stories high, for the keeping of records. However, the Founder's architectural designs went unfulfilled after building began in 1446, and for several centuries the archives were held in the Chapel's southern side chapels. It is only since the middle of the twentieth century that they have enjoyed purpose-built accommodation, and since 1993 that they have been housed in the Archive Centre.
- 1085 - 2020
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