RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 957
Extentx, 332 pp.
DescriptionA history of Croydon by Andrew Coltee Ducarel (1713-1785), Lambeth Librarian. Written in 1755, with additions made in 1756.

The presentation copy to Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury. Not in Ducarel's hand, but with his autograph additions and signature. Inserted are an original document concerning lodgings assigned to noblemen and others during the visit of Elizabeth I to Croydon Palace on 19 May 1574, and drawings of arms at Croydon Palace.

Ducarel's history was eventually published with additions as 'Some account of the town, church, and archiepiscopal palace of Croydon in the county of Surrey from its foundation to the year 1783 (London: J. Nichols, 1783).

p. i. Title page: 'Some account of the town, church and archiepiscopal palace of Croydon in Surrey by And. Coltee Ducarel L.L.D. & F.S.A. MDCCLV'.
p. iii. Dedication to Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury. Signed by Ducarel.
pp. v-viii. List of contents.
p. x. An engraved plate, pasted in, showing a brass seal found at Croydon in 1754 in the custody of Andrew Gifford D.D., and two tradesmens tokens. The plate differs from the version (plate VII, p. 72) in the edition of 1783.
pp. 1-324. Text, including:
pp. 85-106. Account of Croydon Palace by Edward Rowe Mores (edition of 1783 pp. 48-60) dated here 15 March 1755.
Following p. 106. Two folding leaves with watercolour drawings of archiepiscopal and other coats of arms in the Guard Chamber and Great Hall of Croydon Palace (engraved versions are plates V-VI in the edition of 1783). Some captions have been added in the hand of Samuel Wayland Kershaw, Lambeth Librarian 1868-1910.
p. 112 A drawing of the arms of Edward the Confessor impaled with those of England, as found in the Great Hall of Croydon Palace.
Bound in following p. 116: 'Lodgins at Croyden, the Bushope of Caunterburye's house, bestowed as followeth, the 19th of Maye 1574'. Signed 'S. Bowyer' [Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod]. An original document concerning the visit of Elizabeth I to Archbishop Matthew Parker at Croydon Palace, recording lodgings assigned to noblemen and other, 19 May 1574. The text is also transcribed by Ducarel (pp. 117-8) and is published as appendix, no XXIV in the edition of 1783. Cf. John Nichols, 'The progresses and public processions of Queen Elizabeth ...' (London, 1823), vol 1, pp. 385-7.
Following p. 118. Copy (in Ducarel's hand) of his letter to Archbishop Herring concerning the vineyard in the garden of Croydon Palace 17 August 1756. 2 ff, bound in. This is the second of two letters on this subject which are printed in the edition of 1783 pp. 68-72.
pp. 119-324. Appendix of documents.
pp. 325-331. 'Additions to the history of Croyndon Palace by And. Coltee Ducarel L.L.D.'. In the form of a letter from Ducarel to Archbishop Herring 5 June 1756.
LanguageEnglish and Latin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionOriginal leather binding, tooled in gold, rebacked. 330 x 210 mm. Marbled paper pastedowns and fly leaves.
Paper leaves, edges gilt.
Three drawings (of the Whitgift Hospital and north and south views of Croydon Palace) are stated (p. viii) to be found at the end of the book; these are missing. Engravings of them are found in the edition of 1783.
CustodialHistoryThis is the presentation copy prepared by Ducarel for Thomas Herring, Archbishop of Canterbury (so described in MS. 1165 pp. xiv-xv, 104).
Recorded by Andrew Coltee Ducarel in a list of uncatalogued manuscripts at Lambeth in 1759 (MS. 1998, f. 2r).
Recorded in Andrew Coltee Ducarel's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1763 (LR/F/42)
RelatedMaterialDucarel's own copy is MS. 1165. Two further copies are in the Bodleian Library (MS Gough Surrey 5-6); 6 is Ducarel's draft with corrections by Edward Rowe Mores.
A preliminary short account by Ducarel, written in 1754, is MS. 954 item 18.
PublnNoteRobin Myers, ‘Dr Andrew Coltée Ducarel, Lambeth librarian, civilian and keeper of the public records’, The Library, 6th ser., 21 (1999), 199-222

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NA2381Ducarel; Andrew Coltée (1713-1785); Lambeth Librarian1713-1785
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