Berkshire, Windsor, 1639–40

'Ashmole's Antiquities of Berkshire' (A)

Bodl.: Ashmole 1126

f 58 (29 September–29 September)

31. paid for 2 Bugle hornes & Skarfes given to the Prince & Duke of Yorke for presentes 20-0-0


  • Footnotes
    • 31.: folio number in Ashmole's source
  • Endnote

    The princes were still small boys – Charles (later Charles II) was nine and James (later James II) was six. There are no other details of why the town provided gifts on this occasion when at least some of the royal family were in residence in the castle.

  • Document Description

    Record title: 'Ashmole's Antiquities of Berkshire' (A)
    Repository: Bodl.
    Shelfmark: Ashmole 1126
    Repository location: Oxford

    Elias Ashmole (1617–92) was appointed Windsor Herald in 1660 and, as he records, 'had Henry viii closet assigned for my use.' During the twelve years until his retirement from the post in 1672, Ashmole compiled this book of excerpts from Windsor material dated 1474–1659. It was used as the source of his posthumously published Antiquities of Berkshire.

    1660–72; English and Latin; paper; ii + 247 + ii; 325mm x 204mm; modern pencil foliation 1–134, followed by 85 unnumbered blanks, one numbered 220, followed by 12 more blanks (also preceded by 16 unnumbered blanks following the 2 flyleaves); good condition; no decoration but most pages have all 4 margins ruled in red; bound in soft calf, clasps still intact, large gilt crest stamped (Ashmole's personal crest?) in centre of both covers, gold-stamped number 'XXX' on small leather strip, with the gold-stamped title below still visible: 'ASH: 112<.>' (leather strip lost).

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