Of these volumes the most noteworthy are the following:—
27 Edward I.–16 Elizabeth.—Collection of Escheators' Inquests
post mortem, bound together, lettered "Inq. Post Mortem."
Henry IV.–Henry VIII.—Chartulary and Deeds Register: a vellum
quarto in clog-cover, containing in the opening entries a few matters of
3. Leet Books.
(a) 8 Henry V.–1 and 2 Philip and Mary.—Leet Book of the City:
a book of the highest moment to students of municipal institutions and
(b) 30 Elizabeth–1834.—A second volume, less interesting than
the preceding one; but noteworthy in its earlier part for matters
illustrating the government, condition, industries, and manners of the
city in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
4. Craft of the Carpenters.
(a) Henry VI.–Edward IV.—Book of the Receipts and Payments
of successive Masters of the Company of the Craft of Carpenters.
(b) 1478–1652.—Another Book of the Receipts and Payments of
5. Guild of Corpus Christi and St. Nicholas.
3 Henry VIII.–1 Mary.—Book of the yearly accounts of successive
Masters of the Guild of Corpus Christi and St. Nicholas, closing with
the account of Thomas Leche, bailiff of the possessions of the late
Guild of Corpus Christi for one year, made 24th November, 1 Mary.
Defective in the later part. This bulky folio has been bound in a
modern leather cover, correctly and fully lettered on the back.
6. Chamberlains' Books.
(a) 14 Henry VII.—16 Elizabeth.—Book of the yearly accounts of
(b) 17 Elizabeth–11 Charles I.—A second Book of the accounts.
(c) 12 Charles I.–9 Anne.—A third Book of the accounts of successive Wardens and Chamberlains.
7. Manor of Cheillesmore.
1542–1561.—Account Book of the Manor of Cheillesmore, having
this statement of its contents on its opening leaf: 'This booke conteyneth aswell the receites of al sommes of money brought in and payd to
the Chambre or treasorie of the Citie of Coventrie, as well by the
Chamberleyns wardens and all other accomptantes of the seid citie, as
otherwise, yerlie commyng and growing to the use of the commoinaltie
or comen box of the same citie, as also dyvers charities paymentes and
deduccions out of the same, and also what revenewes and profittes and
yerlie impositions and charges be to the citie for everie Meires tyme as
hereafter in the same more plenlie may appear.'
8. Loans and Allowances.
(a) 1551–1704.—Folio Register of payments made, by way of
loan or allowance, out of various estates held by the Mayor and
community of Coventry in trust for charitable uses, to wit, the Charity
Estates of Lady Spencer, Mr. Symon Parker, Mr. White of Bristowe,
Mr. Willyngton, Mr. John Talente, Mr. Nethermyll, Mr. Hopkins,
Mr. Tompson, Mr. Over, Mr. Niccolls, Mr. Elkinton, Mrs. Elizabeth
Sharratt, Mrs. Jane Picken, Mr. Wheatleye, Mr. Haddon, Mr. Sale,
Mr. Davenport, and others.
(b) 19 Elizabeth–1625.—Similar folio Register of Loans and
(c) 1736–1779.—Book of Loans: being 'An Account of the Loan
money of Sir Thomas White, which has been retained by the Corporation of Coventry since the pronouncing of the Decree dated on the
twentieth day of December in 1723.'
9. Overseers of Bablake Hospital.
1561–1573.—Separate Accounts of successive Overseers of the
Bablake Hospital, bound together in a modern leather cover, correctly
lettered on the back.
10. Municipal Treasury Books.
(a) 1561–1653.—Book of Payments made out of the Municipal
Treasury. The first leaf is headed with this description: "In this booke
be mencioned and wrytten all and singuler summes of money whiche
have been taken of the Treasurie of this citie and payed."
(b) 20 Charles II.–1698.—Folio of yearly Accounts of successive
Bailiffs and Receivers of the rents and revenues from the lands and
tenements, &c., formerly belonging to the Guilds and Chantries.
(c) 1692–1701.—Large Folio of similar yearly Accounts.
(d) 1700–1701.—Book of Accounts of the Bailiff and Receiver of
"the rents and revenues of the lands and tenements called the Guilds
and Chantrys": containing a comprehensive Rental of the various lauds,
tenements and stocks in the hands of the Corporation for municipal and
(e) 1728–1734.—Book of Payments out of the same estates.
17 Elizabeth–2 James II.—Large Folio of the yearly Accounts of
successive Bailiffs and receivers of the rents and revenues from lands and
tenements, &c., held by the Corporation for charitable uses.
12. Tithe Accounts.
(a) 1577–1697.—A defective collection of Tithe Accounts, bound
together in a modern leather cover, lettered at the back, "City of
Coventry. Tithe Accounts, 1597."
(b) 1608–1705.—Twenty-eight separate Tithe Account Books of
the following years, to wit, 1608, 1609, 1611, 1614, 1615, 1616, 1617,
1619, 1622, 1675, 1679, 1684, 1685, 1688, 1689, 1690, 1691, 1692,
1693, 1694, 1695, 1697, 1698, 1702, 1703, 1704, 1705.
(c) 1612.—Tithe-Book anno 1612: bound in a modern leathercover,
lettered at the back, "Tythe Book—1612."
(d) 1822–1830.—Ledger of the City's Tithe-Accounts, lettered on
one of the sides and on the back, "Corporation Tithe Accounts."
13. Lands and Tenements of the City.
23 Elizabeth.—Survey of all the lands and tenements of the
Corporation of the City of Coventre "Surveid by John Emerson, the
Bailiffe of the lands late Yeldes and Chauntries in the said Cittie, and
Thomas Banester the Clarke to the Counsell of the same Cittie."
14. Lands of the Lordship of Stoke.
1617.—Survey of lands in the Lordship of Stoke, headed on its
first page, "The Survey of those severall landes in the Lordship of
Stoke, which the freehoulders and tenants intend to lay in several flattes,
begonn the 26 daie of January 1617 and ended the . . . . of . . . ."
15. Flattes in Stoke Common Fields.
1617–1619.—"Booke of the laying forth of the Flattes in Stoke
Common feildes and meadowes begonn March 12, 1617, and ended in
September, 1619: Which was done by the opinions and consent of the
names of theise which follow, viz., Mr. Thomas Ligons for Lord Berkeley
and Mr. Ralph English his tenant, Mr. Christofer Waryn freehoulder,
Mr. Samuell Myles for the City of Coventrey and for the Drapers being
their tenant, Mr. John Hammond, Doctor in Physick freehoulder, Mr.
Reginald Horne freehoulder, Mr. Christofer Roudell freeholder, and
John Sharman tenant to the City of Coventre."
16. Lordship of Gadsby, Co. Leicester.
1625.—A Terrier of all "the arable lands leyes and meadows"
in the lordship of Gadsby co. Leicester, belonging to the Mayor, bailiffs
and community of Coventre.
17. Burton's Book of Records and Evidences.
10 Charles I.—Burton's Book: a large folio described on its opening
leaf as "A collection of divers Records, deeds, evidences, and proceedings concerning the great Suit in Chancerie brought against this
Citie of Coventrie and others by Prince Charles for £98 6s. 8d. rent per
annum as parcell of the Dutchie of Cornewall, taken out of the Tower,
Augmentacion Office, Rolls and other places, and of certain charters
belonging to this citie &c."
1635–1637.—Book of matters touching ship money: containing on
its fly-leaf this note by the maker of the book: "This Booke touching
ship money raised in Warwickshire sheweth the manner and proceedings
thereabouts, and how that the Citie of Coventrey and the Countie thereof
is to be rated but at a fifteenth part of Warwickshire, in all levies
assessments and taxacions wherein the said Citie joineth with the
countie of Warwick, and that it is so ordered by the right honourable the
Lords and others of his Majesties most honourable Privie Councill, for
the future quietness of that City in all such services and assessments
19. Hospital in Grey Friars Lane.
1648.—History of the Hospital or Almshouse in Grey Friars Lane
in the city of Coventre, from the time of its foundation in the reign
of Henry VIII.
20. Murage Book.
1650.—"The Murage Booke of all tenements within the walls of the
City of Coventre."
21. Rate for better Maintenance of Ministers.
1652.—Book of "The Rate and Assessment of all houses, shops,
warehouses, cellars, stables and all other landes, tenementes and here
ditaments in the said citie of Coventrie at eighteen pence in the pound
per annum, and for everie ten shillings nyne-pence per annum, for
raising of maintenance for the Ministers of the said Citie by vertue of
an Act of Parliament, dated the 21st of March 1650, intituled 'An Act
for the more frequent preaching of the Gospell, and better maintenaunce
of the Ministers in the Citie of Coventrie.'"
22. Corvisors' Company.
1653–1760.—An imperfect series of the Accounts of the Corvisors'
or Curriers' Company, bound in a modern leather cover, lettered at the
back "Cordwainers' Company, Accounts, 1653–1760."
23. Tailors and Clothworkers.
1659–1660.—Book of the Taylors' and Clothworkers' Company, in
the time of Henry Ashburne, Master.
24. Indexes of Deeds.
(a) 17th century.—Index of Deeds, in handwriting of the later part
of the seventeenth century, lettered on the back of its modern leather
cover, "Citie of Coventre, Index of Deeds, &c."
(b) 17th century.—An Alphabetical Index to the Deeds and Evidences
in the Treasury of the City, made towards the close of the seventeenth
century, and perfected from an Index made in September 1621, which
in May 1832 was in the possession of Mr. Thomas Sharp.
25. Sword and Mace Riots.
1713.—Papers touching a cause between the Attorney General,
plaintiff, and the Mayor, bailiffs, and community of the City of
Coventry, defendants: in a volume lettered on the back "Sword and
Mace Riots 1713."
26. Tailors" and Sheremen's Company.
1728–1724.—Papers of the Tailors' Company, put together in
chronological disorder, bound in a leather cover, and lettered on the
back, "Order Book—Tailors' and Sheremen's Company 1728."
27. Drapers' Company.
1729.—Abstract of the Deeds and Writings of Lands, &c., belonging to the Drapers' Company in the City of Coventry: and lettered
thus on the back.
28. Sacrament Certificates.
1720–1730.—Collection of Sacrament Certificates, bound together in
a leather cover and lettered on the back.
29. Streets' Commissioners.
1790–1807.—Streets' Commissioners' Book, to wit, "Proceedings
and Orders made at meetings of the Commissioner appointed to execute
the Act of Parliament 'for the better paving cleansing lighting and
watching the City of Coventry and the suburbs thereof, and removing
and preventing nuisances and annoyances therein.'"
30. Register Of Charity Estates.
1813.—Register of the Charity Estates of the City, lettered on the
back of its leather cover "Charity Memorial Register," opening with "a
Memorial or Statement in pursuance of an Act of Parliament for the
Registering and Securing of Charitable Donations," giving particulars of
"the Charity Estate called Sir Thomas White's Charity."
31. Leases of Charity Estates.
1819–1845.—Book of Charity Estates: setting forth the Estates
under the management of the Trustees of the General Charities of the
City, together with the names of the several lessees, the amount of rent
paid yearly by each, the term of years for which each estate is let, and
the date at which each term will expire.
32. Original Letters.
A collection completed in 1834 by Mr. Thomas Sharp and Mr.
George Eld of Original Letters and Papers, beginning with a letter
written in behalf of the Friars Minors of Coventre by Queen Isabella to
the Mayor, bailiffs and commonalty of Coventre, and closing with the
Indenture, dated on 24th October 1704, of the acknowledgment made
by Samuel Billing, Maior elect of the City of Coventry, of his receipt of
the silver plate and other things of the Corporation, and of his promise
to restore the same to the Treasury on the determination of his
mayoralty. This collection was made, arranged, and bound by Messrs.
Sharp and Eld in two large folios, lettered on back "Original Letters
33. Territorial Extent Of Coventry.
1839.—Reports made by Mr. Stacey Grimaldi to Messrs. Troughton
and Lea, solicitors of the Corporation of Coventry on the territorial
extent of the town or city of Coventre, &c., after searching public and
other records "in order to ascertain whether the Hamlets of Ansty,
Exhall, Foleshill, Keresley, Sowe, Stivichall, Stoke, and Wyken are
or were antiently within the town of Coventry or the jurisdiction of
the same." Large Folio, lettered on the back, "City of Coventry.
Reports as to the territorial extent of the City of Coventry and
jurisdiction of the Corporation of Coventry over adjoining hamlets."
34. Coventry Boundary Case.
1839–1842.—Book of the Case for the City of Coventry, with brief
delivered to counsel, in the cause in the Court of Exchequer between
the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the City of Coventry, plaintiffs,
against Edmund Lythall, William Wilson and seven others, defendants.
Lettered on the back of its leather cover, "City of Coventry. Boundary
Case. Brief, &c."
Those of the one hundred and eighty-eight volumes that are not
mentioned in the foregoing list of the more important, comprise Rentals
of 1552 and subsequent years, an imperfect series of Council Books
beginning in 1557 (twenty-four volumes), fifteen volumes of Court
Books beginning in 1585, a collection of Constables' Presentments
(1629–1742), translations into English of divers of the Latin charters
and Letters Patent of the City, ten volumes of Sessions of Peace or
Petty Sessions Books (1689–1835), collections of Tavern Bills and
other old bills, several compilations touching the history of Coventre,
reports of municipal boards and committees, and divers other matters
lying outside the scope of H.M. Commission on Historical MSS.