Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester Copy of inscription painted on the wall filling the east end of the South Choir Aisle made in 1872, commemorating Humphrey Duke of Gloucester.
Photocopy of paper by Frank D. Millard, ‘An Analysis of the Epitaphium eiusdem Ducis Gloucestrie’, The Fifteenth Century: Vol III – Authority and Subversion. ed. Linda Clark, pp.117-136. Woodbridge, 2003
Exchange of letters June-July 1992 with Seamus Ross re wall painting in Humphrey’s vault.
Translation of the inscription by Patrick O’Keefe and comment, 1998.
Family tree of Humphrey Duke of Gloucester.
Photocopy of ‘The Duke in Pickle’, M. Tomkins, ?Hertfordshire Countryside, 1985.
Photocopy of ‘The Fayrey Pall’, now in V&A, Dunstable Priory.
Photocopy of drawing of inscription to be cut in chantry floor, Cardozo Kindersley, 28/4/1999.
Four papers read to Centre for Christian Studies, Craske, Kelsall, Thomas & Towle, 4/3/2000.
Fabric I (4)
Dimensions 1872-73. Letters dated 17/12/1872 and 3/10/1873 re the dimensions of the Abbey.
Letter dated 8/5/1878 from Sir Edmund Beckett (later Lord Grimthorpe) re the above.
Fabric I (5)
Lady Chapel Copy of Draft Conveyance of Lady Chapel and adjoining garden dated 15/12/1870. (Original now in Deeds File).
Account for repairs 1875-82.
Photocopied extracts from Newcome re tombs / burials.
Preliminary correspondence July-Sept 1999 re cleaning.
Fabric I (6)
Restoration and Repair 1870-1900. List of Gorhambury papers at the Record Office (now Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies – “HALS”) 1856-78, ref. D/EV Q1-5.
References to St Albans in The Builder 1867-74, RIBA Library, (George Atkinson).
Receipt for meeting in Willis’s Rooms 22/6/1871.
Three letters from G.G.Scott dated Aug 1871, with one from his clerk and one from Lord Verulam.
Miskin’s account and estimate dated 11/3/1872.
Cutting from Illustrated London News showing reconstructed shrine 4/1/1873.
Bundle of payment slips to John Chapple 1873-77.
Bundle of receipts relating to the Shrine Restoration 1872-75.
Two receipts for compensation from the occupiers of Abbey Cottage.
Letter from John Chapple dated 31/7/1873 re Purbeck marble steps.
Paper by John Chapple on the Restoration (Trans SAHAAS) Feb 1874.
Estimate from Burleson & Grylls dated 1/6/1875 re ceiling panels.
Balance sheet of the Reparation Fund for 1875.
Two pages out of an exercise book belonging to H.J.Toulmin, with a note re Grimthorpe’s destruction of some papers.
War of words between Scott and Beckett (Grimthorpe) 1877-79 re windows in South Aisle.
James Neale, ‘Architectural Notes on St Albans Abbey’ (17 Dec. 1877), RIBA Transactions, (1877-8), 66-87.
Fabric I (7)
Restoration and Repair 1870-1900. Photocopies from Building News Mar, May and July 1978 re restoration of nave.
Photocopied articles from the Architect, 27/10/1878, Builder, 4&11/5/1878, Engineer, 21/9/1878 re the ‘screwing up of the nave’.
Notice of meeting of £100 subscribers on 10/8/1878.
Two lists of subscribers to the Restoration Fund dated 24/4/1878 and 13/3/1879.
Some manuscript notes by H.J.Toulmin about action over the Norman turrets.
Plan of Rectory (now Deanery), Building News, 21/11/1879.
Notice re the Opening of the Nave on 21/10/1885.
Obituary of John Chapple, Herts Ad., Feb 1887, and note re gravestone, 26/8/1999.
Two accounts from Longmire & Burge dated Christmas 1893.
Paper by Frank Kilvington The Abbey Restoration 1871-80, 1970s.
List of dates of work at St Albans Abbey, G.G.Scott and Chapple,
See also Lawrance correspondence, Grimthorpe’s book, Aldenham’s books and the scrap-books, papers on shelf B by Ridgway Lloyd on the Choir Ceiling, and John Chapple on the Restoration. ___________________________________________________________________________
Fabric II Copies of Lewis Wyatt’s Report and Estimate of 1818 and a further Estimate of 1827.
Bundle of photocopied extracts re the building from The Builder, 1875 to 1880.
Fabric III (1)
and windows 1930-35, nave ceiling and the Watching Loft 1930-35. Large bundle of correspondence re repairs to the Presbytery ceiling and windows from Survey dated 30/5/1930 to Miskin’s account dated July 1931.
Outline specification of work and materials in repairs to presbytery ceiling c.1930.
Plan of proposed alterations to the presbytery roof, undated.
Report by J.C.Rogers on work on the Tower June-Sept 1930, with sketch plan and letters.
Report by J.C.Rogers on roofs in general, with letters 1930-1931.
Bundle of correspondence re work done on the Watching Loft 1930 - 1933, and 2 letters dated Feb 1931 re gates thereto.
Letter from Rogers dated 26/2/1932 re result of wood investigation, with reply.
Letters from E.W.Tristram and Charity Commission re photographing work done, Nov 1933.
Five letters dating Mar-April 1935 re insecticide, ref also rainwater pipes (see 1930s file).
Miskin’s account for the insecticide job dated May 1935.
Letter from Rogers dated 8/11/1935 and account dated 20/12/1935.
Drawing (undated) plan of the Presbytery and angle with the North Transept.
Talk by Rogers to the St Albans and Herts Arch. & Arch. Soc re the Presbytery ceiling and Saint’s Chapel 1931. (Transactions, pp.121-136)
Talk by Rogers to the St Albans and Herts Arch. & Arch. Soc re the Tower repairs 1930.
Letter from Mrs Brinsden about her father, blacksmith F.Wright with photo.
for Watching Loft, see also Abbey Blotter 1933 - article by Rogers.
Architectural Survey 1974 This was the beginning of an extensive repair programme lasting until 1984, the papers for which are in the files in room A.
Architect’s Provisional Repair Programme dated Dec 1975, based on above.
Fabric VII (1)
1980-1998 Article by E.Roberts ‘The 20th-C restoration of St Albans Abbey’, Herts Countryside, March 1980.
Notes on maintenance dated 1984.
Account of repairs 1985-90 dated October 1986.
Correspondence with solicitors re asbestos hazard due to BBC damage, 1987.
Letter to Whitfield (archts) dated 22/9/1987 re Chapter House Refectory.
St Albans Cathedral Survey, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, 1991.
Report on the Fabric June 1991 by Andrew Anderson (2 copies)
Photocopy paper ‘The St Albans Watching Chamber: a Re-assessment’, Charles Tracy, Journal of the BAA 1992.
Note dated Feb 1996 from the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England re inventory, defining ‘outstanding interest’.
Letter from Prof. M.Cooper dated 28/3/1996 defining ownership and copyright of plans, photos and other archival material.
Note re Assignment of Copyright to Dean and Council of photographs of the shrine canopy, 1993.
Dendrochronology report on belfry & tower ceiling by Gavin Simpson & R.Howard, 1994. (filed outside folder)
2 letters from A.Anderson re photogrammetric plots of north transept, 12/9/1996 (see actual plots in Switch Room).
Notes on the masonry of the north transept, east face, by Robin Sanderson, 19/6/1997.
Specimen inventory sheet for recording worked stone, Prof. Richard Morris, 13/6/1999.
Photocopied extract from Medieval Decorative Ironwork by Jane Geddes re St Albans. 1999.
Offprint of article ‘Villard de Honnecourt and Masons’ Marks’ by Jenny Alexander, in Villard’s Legacy: Studies in Medieval Technology, Science and Art, Avista (Ashgate, 2004).
Fabric VII (2)
The Glass Doors at the West End 1986-88 Plan by A.Anderson with letter dated 18/6/1986.
Correspondence with Pilkington dated July 1986 re supply of glass at cost.
Correspondence dated July-Oct 1986 re commissioning of David Peace for engraving.
Bundle of correspondence dated 1986-88 mainly with Peace & Scott, Bryant Lang architects (later dismissed), Pilkingtons and contractors T&W Ide Ltd, re completion of project.
Two letters of critisism dated Nov and Oct 1988.
Letter to Kenneth London dated 16/8/1991 re articles about the doors.