A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Barlow 1

Summary Catalogue no.: 6413


Missal, Use of Sarum

Additional masses of the Transfiguration and St. Osmund (p. viii-x); kalendar (p. ix) with additional obits; blessing of holy water (p. 1); temporale (p. 3) with the baptism rite on Holy Saturday (p. 160), followed by the prayer Summe sacerdos dicenda a sacerdote in missa dum cantatur officium (p. 171) and the order of the mass (p. 174), the canon being cut out; common of the dedication (p. 267); sanctorale (p. 269); common of the saints (p. 355); Ordinatio misse cotidiane beate virginis (p. 379) and other votive masses, among which that of the Holy Name (p. 386); marriage service (p. 408); servicium peregrinorum (p. 415); masses of the dead (p. 418) ending with the ordo trigentalis (p. 429); blessings (p. 430), ending with the benedictio oculorum of William de Montibus. Additions: masses of St. Anthony the abbot (p. 433), the Five Wounds, St. Chad and St. David.

Language(s): Latin and English

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 9 fol. + 436 pages + 1 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 480 × 285 mm.
Dimensions (written): 270 × 177 mm.


Many leaves with initials and coloured border missing, for instance, after p. 2, 20, 28, 190, 194, 214, 216 etc.


2 col. of 37 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 12 staves of 4 red lines.



Accompanying Material

At the beginning (pp. v-vi) original letters patent of confraternity of the Master of the hospital of Burton St Lazars in favour of the parishioners of Tredington (Worcestershire) dated 1504.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Gawsworth, Cheshire, parish church of St James (?): late 15th and 16th cent. obits of members of the Fyton family of Gawsworth and of the rector George Baguley (1470-97).

William Durham (1610/11-1684), rector of Tredington, Worcestershire.

Given by him to Thomas Barlow (1607-1691) in 1659: 'Tho: Barlow 1659, ex dono reuerendi viri domini Guil: Durham rectoris ecclesiae de Tredenton in com. Wigorniae'.

Bequeathed by Barlow to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books, and the Summary Catalogue.