The Stamford Mercury Archive Trust takes care of a rich history of newspapers dating back to 1714 and has now added a prestigious volume to its collection.
The Stamford Historical Society were founded in 1901, but has recently disbanded.
As a result the society is finding new homes for some of its most beloved volumes and the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust has agreed to take on William Stukeley’s manuscript book Designs of Stanford Antiquitys, which is dated 1735.
William Stukeley was vicar of All Saints Church in Stamford from 1730 to 1747.
The trustees were delighted to receive the book during a presentation at the Mercury’s offices in Cherryholt Road on Wednesday last week.
Former chairman of Stamford Historical Society, Stuart Temple said after giving the book to the archive trust: “This book was carefully guarded for hundreds of years until, more recently, it is now back to where it can rest in peace.”
The volume will be stored alongside the Mercury’s rich archive of newspapers, which are stored ito keep the material in the best condition possible.
Archive trustee John Smith said: “The volume is part of a larger library, which we are also going to get, but the Stukeley volume is a particularly valuable item containing unique sketches by him of the Stamford area. It is marvellous that this book will be saved for the town.”