Bridlington Charters, Court Rolls and Papers.

By J S Purvis

Printed: 1926

Publisher: A Brown & Sons. London

Dimensions 15 × 23 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 23 x 3

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Blue cloth binding with gilt title on the spine and black title on the front board.

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Historically this is a very meaningful book.

The first serious contribution to Bridlington local history since Prickett.

Purvis was born in Bridlington. He had studied at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and, after graduation, Purvis joined Cranleigh School as a history teacher in September 1913.

Purvis was the first director of the Borthwick Institute for Archives in York, appointed to the role in 1953 and serving until his death in 1963. Prior to this (in 1939), he was an archivist for the diocese of York and had also, in 1949, worked on plans to rehouse the diocesan archive in a new library. Together, with Oliver Sheldon, Purvis was able to use the archive as a foundation for a new historical institute, what became known as the Borthwick Institute.  After his death he was succeeded as Director of the Borthwick Institute by Norah Gurney.

As a historical researcher, Purvis worked extensively on ecclesiastical subjects as well as the contents of the Borthwick’s archives. He wrote the first modern script of the York Mystery Plays (published in 1951).

Purvis was elected as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1929.  He was also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of York Georgian Society, the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society.  He had served as the President of the Archaeological Society from 1955.

He was awarded the OBE in the 1958 Birthday Honours for services to historical scholarship.

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