Item 1 - Cartulary of St John's Hospital

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GB 1859 SJHO/3/1/1


Cartulary of St John's Hospital


  • 1250-1483 (Creation)

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1 item, parchment and leather

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The cartulary is a volume of 90 parchment folios. It was produced in the middle of the period of the the Hospital's greatest territorial expansion: a majority of the deeds included record transactions between c.1220 and c.1280; also includes a folio of kitchen accounts from 1344.

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  • Latin

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The volume was repaired and rebound in 1933 when new beech boards were used to replace the earlier boards of the same material. The use of four thongs entering the original boards via grooves may suggest a first known binding date in the second half of the 13th century. (See G. Pollard 'Describing medieval bookbindings', in JJG Alexander and MT Gibson, eds., "Medieval learning and literature, essays presented to Richard William Hunt. (Oxford, 1976). pp57, 65.)

The old boards had been rebound in tooled-leather covers by Nicholas Spierinck, c.1525, and this binding was re-used in 1933.

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The cartulary has been published as a calendar with some transcripts by M.G.Underwood, 'The Cartulary of the Hospital of St John the Evangelist Cambridge' (Cambridge,2008).

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  • Shelf: SJHO/3/1/1