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Apart from J.J. Anderson’s 1982 REED volume Newcastle Upon Tyne, which will be revised as part of this project, work on the Northumberland records is still at an early stage, but significant material includes payments for performances and musical instruments; two books of directions for 15th-century household ceremonies; a play and poems; and inventories of household belongings. Collections still to be searched include:

  1. Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office (Borough accounts, Haggerston and Scope family papers, Calendar of Border Papers).
  2. Bodleian Library: Percy household books, history of the Lords Bishop of Lindisfarne.
  3. British Library MSS Hargrave 226; Add. 383; Add. 24965; Add. 24815; Stowe 661; Stowe 313; Stowe 930; Add.Ch. 26591, Add.Ch. 39969 and Add.Ch. 54762.
  4. Lambeth Palace Library: Talbot and Shrewsbury papers.
  5. National Archive: Sheriff’s Administrative Accounts, progresses of James VI and I (May-June 1603), Berwick on Tweed Chamberlain’s accounts.
  6. Northumberland County Record Office: records for 8 parishes; Manor Court documents and stewards’ papers for Hexham, Anick Grange and Allendale; Sheriff of Northumberland quietus roll; Quarter Session and Court Of Exchequer records; papers of at least six Northumberland families; records of six Newcastle guilds; state documents about alehouses.
  7. Tyne & Wear Archives Service: Newcastle Quarter Sessions and City council records; papers of at least six Newcastle families; records of thirteen Newcastle guilds.
  8. York University, Borthwick Institute: wills (1587 and 1593); accounts of archiepiscopal visitations of Alnwick, Bamburgh, Corbridge and Newcastle upon Tyne, and registers of William Greenfield, Archbishop of York (1306-15).

Other collections consulted will include Alnwick Castle Library, Durham Cathedral and University libraries, and Durham County Record Office.

For information and Records pertaining specifically to the Percy family (as Earls and Dukes of Northumberland), click here:  Percy Family Papers.

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