RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 1154
Extentiii, 170 ff.
DescriptionPapers in a suit before the Court of Arches between John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the executors of the will of William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury. The latter were Martin Folkes (1690-1754), natural philosopher and antiquary, a nephew of Wake; Samuel Lisle (1683-1749), afterwards Bishop of Norwich; and Richard Chicheley (d. 17 July 1738), Wake's Receiver-General and Secretary. The suit concerned dilapidations at Lambeth Palace and Croydon Palace, and contains detailed information on the fabric of both palaces. 1737-39.

With a stray item (ff. 1-4) concerning the vicars choral of Hereford Cathedral. 1754-55.

f. i. Title page: 'Dilapidations at Lambeth and Croydon in 1737 and 1738'. In the hand of Andrew Coltee Ducarel, Lambeth Librarian.

ff. 2-3. List of contents. With annotations in the hand of Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68.

ff. 1r-4v. 'Bill of costs made on behalf of the reverend Richard Waring in a cause of appeal brought against him by the reverend William Felton'. A bill of costs in a suit concerning the election of the custos (or senior vicar) of the college of vicars choral in Hereford Cathedral. The case was between Richard Waring (d. 1769), elected custos in 1754, and William Felton (1715-1769), vicar choral and composer. 1754-55.
This is a stray from the papers of Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury, and belongs with related papers in Herring 2, ff. 139-148.

ff. 5r-16v [item 1]. Personal answers of Folkes, Lisle and Chicheley to the libel by Edward Greenly on behalf of Archbishop Potter.

ff. 17r-57v [item 2]. Copies of 21 depositions upon the libel by Edward Greenly. 28 February-22 March 1737/8. The depositions were given by Thomas Hinton, surveyor, and by masons, bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, glaziers, paviours and smiths.

ff. 58r-71v [item 3]. Interrogatories to be administered on behalf of Archbishop Potter. Endorsed: 'Copys of Mr. Greenly's interrogatories'.
ff. 72r-77v [item 4]. Schedules annexed to the interrogatories.

ff. 78r-83v [item 5]. Allegation by Edward Rushworth on behalf of Folkes, Lisle and Chicheley. 2 May 1738.

ff. 84r-89v [item 6]. Personal answers of Archbishop Potter to the allegation by Edward Rushworth on behalf of Folkes, Lisle and Chicheley. 11 Oct. 1738.

ff. 90r-91v [item 7]. Fuller answers of Archbishop Potter to the allegation . 28 Nov. 1738.

ff. 92r-94v [items 8-9]. Interrogatories to be put to the masons and other workmen employed by the Archbishop in viewing the dilapidations.

ff. 95r-134v. [item 10]. Copies of ten depositions upon the allegation by Edward Rushworth of 2 May 1738 [see ff. 78-83]. The depositions were given by John James, architect, surveyor of Lambeth Palace and Croydon Palace throughout the archiepiscopate of William Wake, and by masons, bricklayers, carpenters, and plumbers. 25 July-11 August 1738.

ff. 135r-158v [item 11]. Estimates for the repair of the dilapidations. Most of the estimates contain two sets of figures, the first arrived at by workmen on behalf of Archbishop Potter, the second by workmen on behalf of the executors of Archbishop Wake. December 1737-March 1737/8.

ff. 154r-160v [item 12]. Opinion of John James, surveyor, on the estimates for the repair of dilapidations, in a letter from him to the executors of Archbishop Wake. 15 October 1737.

ff. 161r-166v [item 13]. Estimate for the repair of dilapidations. Endorsed: 'Copy of the last estimate made by the persons appointed by the Judge'. n.d.

ff. 167r-170v. Copy of the sentence of John Bettesworth, Dean of the Arches, sentencing the executors of Archbishop Wake in the sum of £2006 9s 1 1/4d. 15 February 1538/9.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding with boards covered in cloth, 342 x 255 mm., 20th cent.
Paper leaves of various sizes.
CustodialHistoryThe papers were probably in the hands, originally, of John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury 1737-47. They were afterwards in the possession of Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury 1758-68, and probably arranged by his Librarian, Andrew Coltee Ducarel (see ff. i and 2-3).
Recorded in H.J. Todd, 'A catalogue of the archiepiscopal manuscripts in the library at Lambeth Palace' (1812).
RelatedMaterialThe official records of the Court of Arches on this case are recorded in Jane Houston, ' Index of cases in the records of the Court of Arches...' (London, 1972), as case no. 1628, Canterbury v Folkes etc. The records are Arches A 30; B 17/103; E 34/11; Ee 10 ff. 47, 52, 53; EEE 14 ff. 340-61; G 113/61, 62; G114/57, 60, 61.
PublnNoteMatti Watton, "Seven hundred years since a spade cost sixpence: records of the Lambeth Palace garden", in 'Archives', vol. LIII, no. 135 (2017) [LPL material stored at CERC: JD1.(B7)]

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28Potter; John (?1674-1747); Archbishop of Canterbury?1674-1747
29Wake; William (1657-1737); Archbishop of Canterbury1657-1737
GB/109/14668Bettesworth; John (-1751); Dean of the Arches-1751
DS/UK/4793Diocese of Hereford; Cathedral Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Ethelbert the King
GB/109/19789Folkes; Martin (1690-1754); antiquary and natural philosopher1690-1754
GB/109/15432Lisle; Samuel (1683-1749); Bishop of Norwich1683-1749
682Chicheley; Richard (fl. 1721 fl 1728); Receiver General of the Archbishop's Estate and Steward of the archbishop's liberties in Surreyfl. 1721 fl 1728
GB/109/21890Felton; William (1715-1769); composer, vicar choral at Hereford Cathedral1715-1769
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PL2Lambeth Palace/Lambeth/Surrey
NA1299Croydon Palace/Croydon/Surrey
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