In April we added a new token to our numismatics collection. The token was commissioned by Gerald Lorenzo Chorley in 1913.  Gerald was born in Leeds in 1848 where the Chorleys were a well-known family.  His father, Henry, was a respected surgeon and Justice of the Peace.  The family lived at 8 Park Square where their home survives today.

Gerald spent his early years in Leeds before moving to Manchester to work as a cotton mill manager. By 1891 he was ‘living on his own means’.  Firstly at 17 Cromer Terrace and later 23 Lyddon Terrace which are both familiar addresses to those who know the Leeds University campus. We do not know why Gerald commissioned the token, but he was evidently proud of his Chorley connection as the family crest showing a bird is displayed on the obverse.

We have also received an accrual to our Patrick Gilbert Kennedy archive in the Liddle Collection.  Kennedy was born in Surrey in 1899.  In the First World War he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps, Armoured Car Unit, with the Dunsterforce, receiving the Military Cross in October 1918.

In the Second World War Kennedy volunteered with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Working as a deep sea diver he helped to install a metal net, also known as a boom, across the Grand Harbour in Malta to protect it from enemy invasion.

Kennedy later volunteered with barrage balloon defence in England.  The large, helium filled, balloons were tethered to the ground and used to protect key sites such as ports and harbours against attacks by low flying aircraft.  During tests Kennedy stood in front of a barrage balloon in protective head gear and clothing. The balloon was then exploded so the effect on people could be observed.  The accrual includes photographs from the test.

For the Print Collections we aacquired a fourth impression of ‘Mr Ogilby’s and William Morgan’s Pocket Book of the Roads‘, 1689.

Map of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Map showing the West Riding of Yorkshire from ‘Britannia depicta, or Ogilby improv’d‘, 1724, by J. Ogilby and W. Morgan. Image credit Leeds University Library.

John Ogilby was a man of many talents. He worked a dancing-master, courtier and theatre owner, then a poet and translator, before he began to compile geographical works and atlases in the 1660s. Several years later he was appointed Cosmographer to his Majesty Charles II.  The title had passed to William Morgan, under James II, when this impression was published.

Designed to be portable, the book contains detailed tables of the distances between cities, market-towns and other places of interest and would originally have included a map. An explanation of the map is given at the beginning of the book and reads like a sage aphorism: ‘because from one and the same place a thousand men may have a thousand several ways to go.’

Other items by Ogilby, with examples of his strip road maps, can be found in Special Collections, including in the Whitaker Collection.

Map showing Ripon
Strip map featuring Boroughbridge and Ripon from ‘Britannia depicta, or Ogilby improv’d‘, 1724, by J. Ogilby and W. Morgan. Image credit Leeds University Library.