What happens next?

Tanner’s Election term at the school remains something of a mystery. When his journal was donated to the school it became apparent that the third volume was missing. We know Tanner must have continued to keep a record as the fourth volume, which covers 23rd-27th July, continues without any indication of a hiatus. In addition, Lawrence Tanner’s published autobiography ‘Recollections of a Westminster Antiquary’ he includes excerpts from his journal, including an entry dating from 14th May. Tanner did not go to Pembroke College, Cambridge until the Autumn, leaving school in July. Westminster Abbey Muniment Room hold the notebook he kept during Dean Robinson’s lectures which contains notes from the May meetings.

Naturally, we are working to uncover the fate of the missing third volume. in the meantime there will be a break from the serialisation until 14th May, and then again until late June.

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One Response to What happens next?

  1. What a blow! Leaves a blank between breakfast and shaving each day, or so I thought ’til I followed up the above. Lear will be an interesting substitute for a time.
    The manner of presenting Tanner is inspired. It gives a sense of time …. one wakes up to see what he was doing yesterday! His development as Head of the house was interesting. He seemed to combine a sense of duty with humanity in his dealings with those in his charge (& this was apparently rather more personal than what little experience I had). Smurthwaite will miss him!
    I anm wondering what profession he entered)

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