RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 672
Extent47 ff.
DescriptionPapers relating to Sevenoaks School and Almshouses. Presented to William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Hugh Owen, Vicar of Sevenoaks, 21 January 1685/6, with additions made subsequently. The text appears to be mainly in Owen's hand.
Sevenoaks School and Alshouses were founded by the will of William Sennocke, or William Sevenoke, in 1432. After incorporation by Elizabeth I in 1560, the School became known as Queen Elizabeth's Free Grammar School.

f. 1r. Presentation inscription to William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury (see Custodial History field).
ff. 2r-5r. 'Literae patentes Corporationis de Seaven-oake'. Letters patent of Elizabeth I for the incorporation of the School. 1 July 2 Eliz [1560].
ff. 6r-11r. (An inserted section, in another hand). Title in the hand of William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Statutes and ordinances for a Schole & Alms-Houses at Sevenoke in Kent. The Archbishop to appoint ye daily praiers...'. Statutes for the school and for the poor of the almshouses, made by the parson, vicar, wardens and parishioners of Sevenoaks. The preamble to the statutes for the School states that they were ratified by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, 16 Eliz [1573-74].
ff. 12r-15r. Statutes for the School (repeating the text in ff. 6r-9v) together with a form of prayer for benefactors and the approval of the statutes by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, 23 March 1574.
f. 15v. blank.
ff. 16r-18r. Ordinances for the poor of the almshouses (repeating the text in ff. 9v-11r).
f. 18v. blank.
ff. 19r-23r. Indenture of Margaret, Lady Boswell, of Sevenoaks, providing for scholarships from Sevenoaks School to Jesus College, Cambridge, in memory of her late husband Sir William Boswell. 28 Dec. 27 Charles II [1675].
f. 23v. blank.
f. 24r. Extract from the will of Robert Holmden of Sevenoaks providing for a scholarship at Oxford or Cambridge University for scholar from Sevenoaks School. n.d. [20 July 1619].
f. 24v. blank.
ff. 25r. Grant from Edward Sysley for the almshouses in Sevenoaks and for the maintenance of a scholar at University. 17 Oct 16 James [1618].
f. 25v. blank.
f. 26r. Signed testimony that it is the will of Hanna Tawler of Sale, Kent, that the poor of Sevenoaks should have twenty shillings on Christmas day. 24 Dec. 1680.
f. 26v. blank.
f. 27r. Letter from Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, to William Lambert, giving his opinion that the statutes of the School do not permit the Schoolmaster to be in holy orders. 28 Sept. 1696.
ff. 27v-28r. Letter from the Wardens and Assistants of Sevenoaks to Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, presenting Erasmus Lewis, of Trinity College, Cambridge, for appointment as Schoolmaster. 20 Dec. 1696. With a note that Erasmus Lewis was succeeded by his brother George Lewis, of St. John's College, Cambridge, and a copy of the licence of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, appointing George Lewis to the School 25 Jan. 1697/8. A further note records similar licenses to Elijah Fenton in 1706 and Christopher Hussey in 1711.
ff. 28v-45v. blank.
f. 46r. List of contents.
ff. 46v-47v. blank.
LanguageEnglish and Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionLeather binding, with a central frame tooled in gold, re-backed. 365 x 248 mm.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryPresented to William Sancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Hugh Owen, Vicar of Sevenoaks, 21 January 1685/6 (f. 1r).
Owned subsequently by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury, for whom additional documents were entered (ff. 27-28).
Recorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
PublnNote'The will of Sir William Sennocke, knight: also copies of .... letters patent , wills, grants, etc ... relating to the corporation of the free school of Queen Elizabeth, and the almshouses of Sevenoaks, Kent' (Sevenoaks, 1854).
J.T. Lennox, 'Sevenoaks School and its founder 1432-1932 (Sevenoaks, 1932).
Brian Scragg, 'Sevenoaks School: a history' (Bath, 1993).
Richard Hewlings, 'The School and Almshouses at Sevenoaks', in The Georgian Group Journal, vol 11 (2001), pp. 220-237.

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