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Detailed record for Egerton 3041

Title The Ridware Cartulary
Origin England
Date between 1308 and 1309
Language Latin and French
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration 12 large and small pen-drawings, partly highlighted in red (ff. 5, 8v, 9, 17, 21, 23, 33, 35, 36v (x3), 37). 2 large decorated initials in brown ink (f. 9 (x2)). Large and small initials in red with brown penwork decoration. Large and small initials in plain red. Marginal drawings of trees with birds, a procession of rabbits, dogs, etc. (ff. 15, 20v, 26v, 27, 33, 56v).
Dimensions in mm 275 x 200 (205 x 140)
Official foliation ff. 70 (+ 1 paper and 2 parchment flyleaves at the beginning, and 2 parchment and 1 paper flyleaves at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding Post-1600. Blind-tooled and stamped brown leather by James Hayday (signature on 1st flyleaf verso [f. i verso]), 19th century.
Provenance Thomas Ridware, son of Walter de Ridward, lords of Seal, co. Derby (but formerly in co. Leicester), compiled in the second year of the reign of Edward II [1308-1309] for him: rubric 'Thomas de Rydeware fiz & heyr Wauter de Rydeware fit fere cete livre. En le an de Reigne le Rei Edward fiz le bon Rei Edward le secunde. De tus les tenemens que il tint en sa mein. En Rydeware En Scheyle en fridlesham & En Ketelberstone. E. en Rossingthone' (f. 3v).
The Gresley family, Barts., of Drakelowe, co. Derby, by c. 1600: passed to them with the manor of Seal.
Robert Gresley (b. 1866, d. 1936), 11th bart., of Drakelowe, co. Derby: his sale, Sotheby's, 7-9 November 1927, lot 445.
Bought by the British Museum, using the Farnborough Fund (3,000 bequeathed in 1838 by Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (b. 1761, d. 1838), a cousin of Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgewater (b. 1756, d. 1829), founder of the collection.
Notes The deeds, numbering about 170, relate to land in the counties of Leicester, Stafford, Berkshire, Suffolk and Derbyshire.
Ff. 62-67 are 14-century additions, not illuminated.
Ff. 68-70 (foliated cuttings pasted to flyleaf at the end) are insertions, apparently cut from an early- 16th century book of arms on parchment, containing representations in tincture of the arms of 'James Washing[ton]', 'Harvysse Cressye ar.', 'Edwarde Vavasor a[r.]', and 'Walter Pulline ar'.
Select bibliography British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1926-1930 (London: British Museum, 1959), no. Eg. 3036.

M. Gresley, 'Drawings in the Rydeware Chartulary', Anastatic Drawing Society (1860), p. 8, pls. xlv-xlvii.


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King Edward

f. 8v
King Edward
William de Ferrariis

f. 9
William de Ferrariis
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f. 15
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f. 20v
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Drawing

f. 23
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