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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Lat 421

Charters of Sawley Abbey

Scope and Contents

15 charters (10 with wax seals) concering lands in Bolton-by-Bowland (Lancashire, England); all related to the Cartulary of Sawley Abbey (British Library, Harley MS 112), two-thirds recorded there, one-third unpublished. For more information see curatorial file.


  • circa 1235-1345

Language of Materials

In Latin; written in an English Gothic document hand.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


1 linear foot (1 box) : (15 items) ; (12 cm and smaller)

Biographical / Historical

The Abbey of Saint Mary of Sawley (or Sallay, or Salley), in Craven, founded in 1147/1148, was one of eight Cistercian monasteries settled in Yorkshire, affiliated with Clairvaux.


Listed in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007M-61. Purchased with the Edgar Huidekoper Wells Memorial Fund, 2003.

Related Materials

McNulty, J. The Chartulary of the Cistercian Abbey of Saint Mary of Salley in Craven (Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Record Series, LXXXVII), I, 1933.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Austin, 2020 September.
Link to catalog
Charters of Sawley Abbey, circa 1235-1345 (MS Lat 421): Guide.
2020 September 2
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