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CARTULARY of the office of sacristan of Battle Abbey
England, 1408-10
1. f. 1, blank; ff. 1v-2v: Compositio inter decanum de Bello et sacristam monasterii ibidem, 5 July 1415. 2. f. 3: Grant per virgam, 1495; f. 3v, blank. 3. ff. 4-7v: Leases, 1494, 1511, 1512, 1512. 4. f. 8: [Charters:] Caldebec. 5. f. 8v: Extracts of “halimotum ratinorum de Bello,” 1307-08. 6. ff. 9-125: In sequenti opere annotantur transcriptiones omnium cartarum pertinentium ad Officium Sacristarie de bello quarum originalia includuntur Cophinis de Villa de Bello, Hwatlyngton [sic], Mankesy, Wylindon, Altar’ beate marie, Hawkeherst, Wy, Schaftysdenn, Anglyngle, Cranebrok. Et in aliis cophinis munimentarii inter spiritualia et temporalia. Que carte transcripte erant per manus [sic] domini Iohannis Waller Sacriste de Bello. Anno Regni Regis henrici quarti post conquestum decimo et undecimo.
Cartulary of the properties, tithes and liberties of Battle Abbey administered by the sacristan, made by John Waller, sacristan, 1408-ca. 1417 (replaced before 1422). Arranged topographically, with later additions by Waller on slips of parchment and by his successors on additional leaves at the beginning and end of the volume. An eighteenth-century transcript of the cartulary by D. Casley is Huntington Library BA 32 (formerly Phillipps 9930 vol. 2), an abstract of which done by W. Hayley in 1762 is found in London, Brit. Lib., Add. 6348, ff. 84-165.
7. ff. 125v-130: Additional transcripts in various hands; ff. 130v-131, blank. 8. ff. 131v-132v: [Lists of rents and tithes due to the sacristan:] Hawkhurst (1396), Salehurst (1427), Ore, ‘Lydeham.’ 9. ff. 133-136v: Carte pertinentes ad sacristariam de Bello, with added notes regarding location of sealed document at the time of transcription. 10. f. 137r-v: Additional transcripts in various hands, at the end of which are 3 notes on the dates of coronation and death of Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, signed by John Waller. 11. f. 138r-v: Brief transcripts concerning lands, rents and tithes administered by the sacristan.
Parchment, ff. ii (modern paper) + 138 + iii (modern paper); 266 × 193 (190 × 139) mm. 18(+9 and an unfoliated strip) 210(+ an unfoliated strip, and + 11) 3-78 88(+ an unfoliated strip sewn on 7) 98(+9, 10) 1012(+ original charter, 1 membrane unfoliated) 11-1312 144 (+ an unfoliated strip) 15 (? 8 leaves of uncertain structure). Catchwords on quires 8, 15; occasional binder’s signatures. In long lines of varying numbers, lightly ruled in lead point, single bounding lines. Composite volume made up of numerous parts written by 2 main hands: i, ff. 10-20v, 79-128; ii, John Waller, ff. 9r-v and following unfoliated small strip, 21-78v; with numerous additions by various hands at the beginning and the end of the manuscript and on added strips. The initials in both parts of the text, that by John Waller and that by the other main writer, are by the same person; the flourishing has not been added to the section of the manuscript written by Waller. Bound, s. XIX, in brown calf while it belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps. Written at Battle Abbey at the beginning of the fifteenth century by John Waller, sacristan of the abbey, and another person, with additions to 1512. Regarding the history of the Battle Abbey muniments through the Browne and Webster families see the description of BA 29. Owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps; his MS 9929 (label on spine, f. i verso, and f. 1). Acquired with the Battle Abbey collection by Henry E. Huntington through A. S. W. Rosenbach in 1923.
Secundo folio: sciant presentes
Bibliography: T. Thorpe, Descriptive Catalogue of the…Muniments of Battle Abbey… (London 1835) 2.G. R. C. Davis, Medieval Cartularies of Great Britain (London 1958) 6.Guide to British Historical Manuscripts, 5.
Guide to British Historical Manuscripts
[M. L. Robertson], Guide to British Historical Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino 1982)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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