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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Hanbury
HANBURY, William (d 1768)
18th century
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Hanbury, William, d 1768, topographer

Administrative / Biographical history

Lived at Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire; proposed Fellow of the Royal Society by Thomas Isted, Sir Hans Sloane and William Sloane and elected, 1728; also Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; died, 1768. Published 'An account of coal balls made at Liege', Philosophical Transactions , 41 (1739-1741), p 672.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Not known.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript volume, 18th century, entitled 'Britannia', containing topographical descriptions of places in England and Wales including parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Shropshire and Cheshire. Towards the end of the volume places in various counties are listed, according to whether the author has visited them, but are not described. At the front of the volume are various financial accounts, perhaps recording expenses incurred while travelling.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Hanbury's name appears in the volume's bookplate.

Finding aids

Collection level description available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

British Library, Manuscript Collections, holds Hanbury's correspondence with Thomas Birch, 1740-1764 (Ref: Add MS 4309); account of coal-balls made at Liege, 1740 (Ref: Add MS 4435); price tables of wheat at Windsor market, 1646-1758 (Ref: Add MS 4391).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); some details from the Dictionary of National Biography entry for William Hanbury (1725-1778), rector of Church Langton, Leicestershire; information from the Royal Society; National Register of Archives; British Library manuscripts online catalogue.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Jan 2001

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  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Financial administration
  • Financial statements
  • Geomorphology
  • Topography
  • Travel

Personal names

  • Hanbury, William, d 1768, Topographer

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives


  • Cheshire, England
  • London, England
  • Shropshire, England
  • Somerset, England
  • Wiltshire, England

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