Manuscripts and Special Collections

Tag: Archdeaconry

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May Day in the Presentment Bills

April 30th, 2011 at 08:04

The lengthening days and the bursting out of leaves and flowers are a welcome sight after the dark winter months. May 1st is a traditional and ancient holiday celebrating the start of the summer, and is thought to derive in part from the Roman flower festival of Floralia. In the Middle Ages, a May Queen [...]

Cause papers in the Archdeaconry of Nottingham archive

April 13th, 2011 at 08:04

A new set of pages, Libels (Cause Papers), in the Collections in Context > Archdeaconry Resources part of our website, aims to de-mystify the arcane processes of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham’s consistory court. The court dealt mainly with complaints made by one person against another. The most common complaint was ‘defamation’, and thousands of records [...]

Completion of Presentment Bills cataloguing project

January 19th, 2011 at 08:01

In the 17th and 18th centuries, getting on the wrong side of the churchwarden of your local parish church was not to be recommended. Churchwardens were obliged, twice a year, to write a report about the behaviour of the parishioners and to submit it to the Archdeacon’s court. Many reported ‘nothing to present’, but any [...]