RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelSeries
Alt Ref NoArches E
Extent53 bundles
TitleLibels, Articles, Allegations, or Interrogatories
Date1660-1799
DescriptionArches E consists of a series of libels, or pleas in instance cases, of articles, or pleas in 'ex officio' cases, of allegations, or secondary pleas, and of interrogatories. Each document consists of numbered entries enumerating all points in the case against the defendant. The answers of the parties in the suit are filed in the series Arches Bbb and Arches Ee, and the numbered depositions of witnesses in the series Arches Bbb and Arches Eee. Apart from Arches D and Arches Bbb the section Arches E, Arches Ee, Arches Eee provide the details of the factual evidence which must have formed the basis of the judge's decision.

Until 1712 the series consists of large sheets of parchment, filed on string in large bundles, in a rough chronological order of being exhibited in court. Proxies to appear on behalf of parties are sometimes filed with them. From 1723 the documents consist almost entirely of libels.
AccessConditionsFor E 1-16, production is subject to preservation status. Some of the records are too fragile to be made available for consultation. Individual records will be appraised when they are ordered by a reader. However, E 17-52 have been conserved and are all available for consultation.
FindingAidsThe main series has been entered in the index of cases. E 49 - E 52 are additional to the main series, and did not appear in the published index.
PhysicalDescriptionE 17-48 conserved 2008-2010. E 49-52 conserved previously.
CopiesNot on microfilm
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