COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
Cambridge college archives
Unless otherwise stated, the records are kept by the individual colleges.
See A. N. L. Munby, Cambridge College Libraries (2nd edition 1962).
PRO, E315/440, is a survey of the possessions of the Cambridge colleges,
1545–6, noting London properties for Michael House (Trinity), Jesus,
Pembroke, Magdalene, St. John's and King's; other colleges held property then or later.
385. Cambridge: Corpus Christi College
Fd. 1352. The college held the rectory of 98 and property in the parish.
a. XLB 1–11: deeds, leases and copies, 16C and 17C (98; also ref. to 80).
386. Cambridge: Emmanuel College
Fd. 1584. The London estate lay in 9, 53, 58, 94, 152.
a. Deeds (15C and later) and papers relating to London properties are in
DBX 1 (53), DBX 25 (9, 152, also 46), DBX 26–7 (58, 94), BUR 0.9
(152). These are listed in BUR 2.6, 'Catalogue of Deeds, 1887' (which
also lists deeds in 152 and Old Bailey (Whichcott Exhibition) no longer
surviving), and in catalogues of 'Bishopsgate Street and Threadneedle
Street', and 'Properties no longer owned' (under Gracechurch Street).
b. COL 8.1: register of deeds 1583–9 (9, 58, 152, London unspecified).
c. BUR 2.1A: rental 1585 with additions (9, 58, 152). BUR 2.1B: rental
1588, as BUR 2.1A. BUR 2.1(3): rental 1632 with copious later annotations (9, 53, 58, 94, 152). BUR 11.1: rental 1585 (9, 58) and rent a/cs
1585–1652 (properties identified by tenants' names, London rents
grouped together). BUR 0.9 (misc. papers) incl. a/cs (rent receipts, quitrent payments, rough notes) for 9 (1631–8; also correspondence about
leases, 1629–30) and 94 (1627–31). BUR 8.1, 'Long Book': expenses
1591–1621, incl. some quit-rent payments from unspecified properties.
387. Cambridge: Gonville and Caius College
Fd. 1348. The London estate lay in 99.
a. Drawer 34, nos. 1–37, 39–40: deeds, leases etc., 1491–1595. Ibid. no.
38: will 1586 (99, 159, Barbican). Ibid. no. 42: 19C memorandum on
value, rent, fines, etc.
b. 'Registrum Magnum': catalogue of deeds etc., begun 17C (London
property indexed under Philip Lane); incl. abs. will 1586 (99).
c. 'Liber Evidentiarum': lease bk. 1551–1655, indexed. 'Leases, wills,
etc.': lease bk. 1659–1769, indexed.
d. 'Liber Bursarii', 3 vols.: quarterly rent a/cs, 1609–87, incl. fines for
388. Cambridge: Jesus College
Fd. 1496. The estate lay in: 32, 46, 88, 99. See TS account of 'Jesus
College London Estates' by Mrs. F. Jones, former archivist. Volumes are
described in Muniment Room Catalogue, 'Books'.
a. Deeds, listed in Muniment Room Catalogue, 'Documents K-Q,
estates outside Cambridge', under London. Boxes 1, 2, 8–10: deeds,
leases, post-Fire plans, c. 1550– c. 1800. Steel press, documents relating
to Dr. Reston's foundation: 16C deeds and copy will (46, 99).
b. EST. 1.1, 'Jesus College leases 1578': lease bk., copy leases from 1543,
indexed by county and parish; miscellanea at end incl. memorandum of
London rents, list of evidences c. 1604. EST. 1.2, 'Leases etc. 1618–75':
copy leases, with list of tenants, indexed; at end, notes on some leases,
survey of house in 99, note of land cut off 1676 (46). EST. 1.3, 'Jesus
College Lease Book 1675–1718': copy leases indexed by tenants; incl.
surveys and valuations of London property, 1713, 1726.
c. A/C.1.1, 'Foundationes Collegii Jesu': a/cs 1557–9, rent receipts, quitrent payments. A/C.1.2–4, Audit Bks.: a/cs 1560–1676, rents (usually
totalled for London), quit-rent payments, rent-collectors' fees; fines not
d. COL.1.1, Register I 1618–89: incl. brief memoranda of leases granted,
e. ANT.2.1: vol. of papers and copies, incl. 17C memoranda of conveyances (99); list of tenants, 1702. Table of contents, catalogued in card
389. Cambridge: King's College
Fd. 1441. The London estate ('Duke Humphrey's wardrobe') lay in 18.
There is a 19C catalogue of deeds.
a. T1–9: deeds, leases and correspondence, 13C to 18C, incl. 18C plan.
A22: royal grant, 1447.
b. 'The Oak Cartulary' (Davis, no. 146): 15C cartulary; (f. 29) grant of
property in 18; (f. 68) copy inquisition 1324 into lands of alien houses,
incl. Ogbourne (18, Billingsgate ward), Fécamp (Castle Baynard ward),
Lewes (Walbrook ward), St. Valéry (Cripplegate ward), Bermondsey
c. 'Ledger Books', 1451–1681, 6 vols.: lease bks., with rough contemp.
indexes in each.
d. Shelf S9.3: two 16C–17C paper bks. with memoranda of estates, incl.
valuations, notes of fines and leases, tables of rents. 'Mundum Books',
from 1447: incl. foreign receipts, with some arrears and fines; no general
series of rentals or rent a/cs exists.
390. Cambridge: Magdalene College
Fd. 1542. The London estate lay in 43, 78. There is a TS list of the archives
in CUL; cf. HMC (4) 5th Report, 481–4.
a. Box A27, nos. 1–18: deeds, copy will, leases, papers, 1533–1677.
b. B411, 'The Old Book': register of deeds and leases from 1574; also
incl. (f. 17v) list of evidences 1595.
c. B421, 'Register I' 1575–1695: incl. rent a/cs 1575–1680.
d. B422, 'Register II 1644–76: incl. (reversed at end) minutes of sealing of
391. Cambridge: Pembroke College
Fd. 1347. The London estate lay in: 26, 30, 87, 125. The deeds are listed in
a 19C MS catalogue; see also HMC (1) First Report, Appendix pp. 69–72.
a. Bundles A, B: deeds, leases, papers, incl. surveys, Fire Ct. papers,
1533–1697 (87, 125); bundles D, E, listed in catalogue, included counterpart leases, 17C and later, to same properties, handed over to London
Bridge Committee on compulsory purchase, 1830. Bundle F: leases,
1555–1840 (26). Bundle C, listed in catalogue, included survey and
rebuilding agreement for same property, now missing. Bundles H, I:
deeds, leases, 16C and later (30); some listed were sold 1854.
b. 'Great Register' (Davis, no. 153): cartulary, c. 1390–1400; (ff. 65 et
seqq.) 14C deeds, wills, probably all included in Husting Rolls (5, 100).
Leases, vols. 1, 2: lease bks., 1619–1710, indexed.
c. Treasury a/cs, vols. I, II: annual rent a/cs, 1550–1641, 1648–99. It is not
clear where income from fines was recorded.
d. Registers, vols. 2, 4: minute bks., 1616–54, 1660–67, incl. notes of
grants of leases; vol. 2 indexed (under 'leases'), vol. 4 not indexed but
may incl. London leases.
e. 'Surveys': late 18C vol., incl. (f. 25) plan, 1780 (87, 125).
392. Cambridge: St. John's College
Fd. 1511. The London estate lay in 4, 38, 129, and 152 (Middlesex): see
A. F. Torry, Founders and Benefactors of St. John's College Cambridge
(1888). The contents of the former drawer sequence D1–110 (deeds,
rentals) are calendared in typescript and listed and indexed on computer
a. Deeds and leases, 13C to 20C (estate above; also refs to 71, 125,
London unspec.): listed as above.
b. 'Thin Red Book', 'Thick Black Book', 'Thin Black Book', 'White
Vellum Book': registers of leases, misc. other contents, c. 1513–1609;
briefly calendared in T. Baker, History of the College of St. John the
Evangelist, Cambridge (1869). Lease Bks. 1609–69, 3 vols., indexed by
tenants' names, some place-names.
c. D106.11, 14: rough a/cs, c. 1520–37, incl. refs to London rents. Rentals
1555–1684, 7 vols.: rent a/cs, incl. arrears, quit-rents paid, repairs (estate
above, also quit-rents received from Fleet Street). sB6.1, 'Old Dividend
and Fine Book', 1613–1770: chronological memoranda of leases and
fines, possibly not comprehensive.
d. D94.426: correspondence about lease, 1617 (4).
393. Cambridge: Trinity College
Fd. 1546 incorporating King's Hall (fd. 1337) and Michael House (fd.
1324). The London estate lay in 81, 92 (latter also known as Blackfriars).
a. Deeds, leases, etc. relating to the London properties from 1539 are
kept mostly in Box 43; these, and similar MSS stored elsewhere, are listed
in the Bird card-catalogue under Box 43.
b. Registers, 9 vols. 1545–1672: registers of deeds and leases, indexed.
c. Lease bks., 3 vols. 1608–55, 1662–1754: chronological memoranda of
leases, extensions and assignments, with fines. 'Rents A': bk. cont. brief
notes of leases, begun mid 17C, arranged by location, indexed. 'Notitia
B', 'C', and 'F', 'Leases E', 'Dr. Barrow G': 5 small bks., possibly
bursars' memorandum bks., cont. similar and duplicate material to
'Rents A'. 'Mr. Castry D', similar to above, cont. rough notes on
properties, incl. (p. 8) ref. to 92.
d. Senior Bursars' a/c bks., 6 vols. 1545–1674, cont. a/cs for individual
years subsequently bound up (1621–37 and odd years mising): rent
receipts totalled, fines noted by location or lessee; some a/cs incl. details
of arrears. Arrears bks., 4 vols. 1545–1677, cont. a/cs for individual years
(some missing) subsequently bound up: details of rent arrears, tenant and
location usually named.
394. Cambridge: Trinity Hall
Fd. 1350. The college leased property in 38 (Doctors' Commons) from St.
a. In the chest: unnumbered bundle of counterpart leases, 1650 to 18C.
b. Lease Book 1671–1765: copy leases incl. plans.
c. 'Accounts 1587–1795': incl. rent receipts and payments, tithes,
d. 'Miscellaneous Papers' vol. iv: collection of loose papers, 16C and
17C, now bound up and numbered; incl. passim suits for leases; no. 27,
list of evidences and leases, 1593; no. 38, memoranda of repairs; no. 134,
notes on legal proceedings, 1599; no. 145, proposals for post-Fire
rebuilding. In the chest, 2 bundles of papers: 1, concerning suit 1656,
rebuilding 1666, etc.; 2, copy legal papers, 1599.