RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 670
Extentii, 20 ff.
TitleACCOUNT OF THE REBUILDING OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
Datec.1700-1701
Description'An account of rebuilding the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London, from September 1666, (when the old Church was destroyed by the dreadful fire), to 29 September 1700'.
An account of all income and expenditure for the rebuilding of St. Paul's Cathedral after the Fire of London, from the commencement to September 1700.
The work is attributed to Thomas Bateman, Receiver of the coal duty and, from 1701, Assistant Surveyor at St. Paul's. In February 1701, with Bateman's assistance, Sir Christopher Wren drew up a statement of the financial position of the project and an estimate of the cost of its completion, with a view to a discussion of the coal dues in Parliament. See Jane Lang, 'Rebuilding St. Paul's after the Great Fire of London' (Oxford, 1956), pp. 198, 218-9; and Derek Keene and others, 'St. Paul's. The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004' (New Haven and London, 2004), p. 209.
The attribution of this manuscript (and also MS. 748) to Thomas Bateman is made in an early annotation to the catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts compiled by David Wilkins dated 1720. The annotation is in the hand of Edmund Bateman, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who made a further entry in this catalogue in 1738 (LR/F/40, ff. 114v, 118v, 123v). Edmund Bateman was the son of Thomas Bateman of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (see Joseph Foster, 'Alumni Oxonienses').
Thomas Bateman signed the building accounts of St. Paul's with Wren from 1 October 1700 to June 1703 (Wren Society vols XIII, 33; XV, 9, 68, 125; XVI, 41. He is also mentioned in the minutes of the Committee for the rebuilding between 1711 and 1717 (Wren Society vol XVI, 42, 43, 123, 129). MS. 670 is referred to in Wren Society vol. XIII, p. vii, where it is mistakenly described as a late compilation from the accounts, made by the Archbishop of Canterbury's Chaplain.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionVellum binding, coloured green, 266 x 368 mm. Central oblong panel tooled in gold with floral motif at each corner. Foredges gilt.
Paper leaves, ruled in red.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
RelatedMaterialMS. 748, Accounts of coal duty 1700-15, also attributed to Thomas Bateman.

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