RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 884
Extenti, 37 ff.
TitleHOUSEHOLD ORDINANCES OF THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY
Date16th century-17th century
DescriptionOrders and statutes for the household of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Five items, bound together in the 18th century.

ff. i, 1-23. 'Orders and Statutes of howshold observed in the howse of Tho: Cranmer sometymes Lo: Archebisshop of Cant'. The title (in the same hand as ff. 1-23) is written on a square sheet of paper, seemingly cut from the cover or first leaf of the original book, mounted at f. i on new paper added in the 18th century binding.
An historical account of the household statutes and ordinances of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The account is in a 16th century hand and appears to have been written in the time of Archbishop Matthew Parker. The text implies that Cranmer's orders and statutes had continuing validity. Examples of the practices enjoined by the statutes are given, ranging in date from 1561 to 1566.
ff. 1r-7v. 'Orders'. With examples of practice from 1561 to 1566, some with the initials of the Comptroller of the Household of that time, 'N. N.' Included (ff. 6v-7r) is a list of 'charges', ie. expenditure, on the appointment of Matthew Parker as Archbishop of Canterbury [in 1559], including charges for his consecration and enthronement, furniture, linen, clothes, plate, barge, horses, and arms. This is published as Appendix VII in Andrew Coltee Ducarel, 'The history and antiquities of the archiepiscopal palace of Lambeth, from its foundation to the present time' (London, 1785). Also included is a reference to dilapidations after the death of Cardinal Pole (f. 7v).
ff. 8r-22v. 'Howshold Statutes'. The statutes are unnumbered from f. 8r-10v; they are numbered 22-126 from f. 11r-22v. The statutes differ from those in MS. 1072 which are attributed to the time of Matthew Parker.
f. 23. blank.
Printed from this manuscript in [John Strype], 'Strype's memorials of Archbishop Cranmer' 3 vols (Oxford: Ecclesiastical History Society, 1848-54), vol 3, pp. 884-924.

ff. 24-27. Blank leaves added in the 18th century binding. Paper watermarked 'GR' surmounted by a crown.

ff. 28r-31v. 'Orders and ordinances for the goverment of my house and family at'. Statutes, probably from the time of Archbishop George Abbot. At f. 31v. the writer recommends the second edition dated 1622 of a work by Thomas Clay, 'Brief, easie and necessary tables for the valuation of leases, annuities, and purchases ... Together with a chronologicall discourse of the well ordering, disposing, and gouerning of an honorable estate or reuennue' (London, 1622). A 3rd edition (not cited here) was published in 1624.

ff. 32r-33v. 'Orders for my House etc'. Endorsed in another hand 'My Lord's owne orders for the gov.ment of the House'. n.d.

ff. 34r-35v. Endorsed (in the same hand as ff. 36-37): 'The Porter's Orders that were given him in Archbishop Juxon's time 1663'. Item 4 amongst the orders is an addition in another hand, followed by the names of John Boys, John Pory and Thomas Heath.

ff. 36r-37v. 'Orders to be observed for ye Goverm.t of ye House & ffamily of ye'. Endorsed: 'Copy of Orders delivered to His Grace ye Archbishop of Cant. [William Juxon] 31 July 1662'.
LanguageEnglish
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionBlind-tooled leather binding, rebacked, 18th century. 315 x 217 mm.
Paper leaves.
CustodialHistoryThe original volume (ff. 1-23) was owned by John Parker, son of Archbishop Matthew Parker. See item 74 in Sheila Strongman, 'John Parker's manuscripts: an edition of the lists in Lambeth Palace MS. 737', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, vol 7, 1977, pp. 1-27 and plates 1-3.
Recorded as an addition to the catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts by David Wilkins dated 1720 (LR/F/40). Wilkins' cataloguing ends at MS. 878. The additions recorded (MSS. 879-888) appear to have been made c.1738-41, during the archiepiscopate of John Potter.
CopiesMS. 1145 is a transcript of MS. 884, made in 1779.
RelatedMaterialMS. 1052. Statutes of the Archbishop's household, attributed to the time of Matthew Parker.
MS. 684, item 6. Statutes of the Archbishop's household, 17th century
PublnNoteRyan Whibbs. "God Sends Meate but the Devil Sends Cookes": Cooks Working in French and English Great Households, c.1350-c.1650" (unpublished PhD thesis, 2015)

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