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November 2006

The Grey Friars of London

Dr Matthew Davies, 30 November 2006

The Register and other key sources for the history of the Grey Friars are now live. These two volumes from the publications of the British Society of Franciscan Studies contain an edition of the Register of the London convent, along with a substantial historical introduction, abstracts of related wills, and other illustrative documents. These complement our growing holdings for the history of the monastic orders in England, as represented by our editions of cartularies and other primary sources (which will be augmented over the next few months) and by the accounts of the religious houses contained in the Victoria County History. Read more at:

Survey of London volume 27 - Spitalfields and Mile End New Town

Dr Matthew Davies, 28 November 2006

Volume 27 of the Survey of London is now live. It concentrates on the historic housing on Spital Square, Fournier Street and Elder Street, as well as Christ Church, the masterpiece of Nicholas Hawksmoor. Also on the site is the London Record Society edition of the minute books of the Commissions for building fifty new churches, of which Christ Church was one.

Chronicle of the Grey Friars now live

Dr Peter Webster, 25 November 2006

This key source for sixteenth-century London is now live. It details political and religious events in the capital during the key period of the sixteenth century to 1556, and complements the Diary of Henry Machyn, already on BHO. Read them both at:

The history of Lambeth from the Survey of London

Dr Peter Webster, 22 November 2006

Volumes 23 and 26 of the Survey of London are now live. They together cover the whole of the parish of St Mary, Lambeth, including Lambeth Palace, the site of the Festival of Britain, and the southern suburbs of Kennington, Stockwell and Brixton. It complements the accounts of the area given by the Victoria County History for Surrey (volume 4). Read them all at:

Samuel Lewis's 'Topographical Dictionary of England' now live

Dr Jane Winters, 13 November 2006

The Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis is now live. This seventh edition, first published in 1848, gives an historical conspectus and contemporary description for counties, cities, parishes, towns, villages and hamlets across the whole of mid-nineteenth-century England. These volumes complement the earlier volumes of the Lysons brothers' Magna Britannia and the later, more detailed Victoria County History, as well as our holdings of Ordnance Survey maps of a similar period. Its companion publications for Scotland and Wales are already live on BHO. Read them all at:

Volumes 3 and 6 of Magna Britannia now launched

Elizabeth Williamson, 06 November 2006

Volumes 3 and 6 of Samuel and Daniel Lysons's gazetteer, for Cornwall and Devon, are now live. As well as accounts of each parish, arranged alphabetically, these volumes give an invaluable snapshot of the population, social composition, economic life and antiquities of the two counties in the early nineteenth century. Read them both, and others in the series, at:

New facility for browsing by period now live

Dr Peter Webster, 02 November 2006

Our new facility for browsing through sources by century is now live. Access it using the 'Periods' link at the top of every page.

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