Stenton Library and Coin Collection

Reference: STENTON LIBRARYDate: 1500s to dateExtent: Around 5,000 volumes
Britannia antiqua illustrata, by Aylett Sammes. London, 1676
Britannia antiqua illustrata, by Aylett Sammes. London, 1676.

The Stenton Library is the combined academic working libraries of Sir Frank Stenton (1880-1967) and Lady Doris Stenton (1894-1971), searchable via the catalogue.

Sir Frank Stenton was Professor of Modern History from 1912 to 1946 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading from 1946 to 1950.

Both Stentons were medievalists and English medieval history is the emphasis of the collection. Other collection strengths include English history in general, religion and church history, local history, charters, law, and women’s history.

Among a number of maps and atlases is an early (pre-railway) boxed set of the first edition of the Ordnance Survey.

Additions, both antiquarian and modern, are made, and some subscriptions are maintained.

Stenton Coin Collection

The coins in the collection date from as early as the reign of King Offa of Mercia (AD. 757-96), with a substantial number of Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins.

Books on coins and coin collecting are also available at Special Collections.

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