Click here to skip to content

Foundation of Chertsey

Foundation of Chertsey

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vitellius A XIII

Item number: f.20r

Length: 24

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Chertsey was founded in 666 by the Anglo-Saxon Eorcenwald, who became its first abbot and after a few years became bishop of London. A few years later it received the northwest corner of Surrey from Frithwold, the subking for the Mercian King Wulfhere, reflecting its importance in early Anglo-Saxon England. In the 10th century it became notable as the burial place of St Beocca and others killed by the vikings in their invasions the century before. This 15th-century charter states the boundaries of the monastery. At the bottom of the page, Robert Cotton, the manuscript's owner in the 16th century, signed his name.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites


Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: