Cranston Lecture

The annual Cranston Lecture is the main source of income to provide for the continual professional restoration of the books and the upkeep of the library. It is usually held towards the end of October in St Mary’s Church, Chart Lane, Reigate. The library is open to those attending and there is a display of books, including those that have been recently repaired.

Recent lectures have included:

2008 Prof. Chris Given-Wilson, The Anonymous Canterbury Chronicle (CR 1117) and English Chroniclers of the Hundred Years’ War
2009 Dr Keith Manley, They Didn’t Expect the Spanish Inquisition! Scottish Parochial Libraries in Cranston’s Time
Penelope Horsfall, Jacob Tonson (1656-1736): Original Trustee, Secretary of the Kit Cat Club, and much more besides
2010 Dr Julia J Smith, Susanna Hopton: an Anonymous Seventeenth-Century Divine and her Public Reputation
Martin Higgins, Betchworth Castle: its History and Cranston Connections
2011 Dr Andrea Thomas, A Radical in Reigate: John Foxe and his Book of Martyrs
Revd Dr Simon Coupland, The King James Bible, Past and Present
2012 Dr William Jacob, The Context and Purpose of Parochial Libraries in the Early-Eighteenth Century
Hilary Ely, Three or Four Families in a Country Village – the Betchworth Connection with the Cranston Library
2013 Giles Mandelbrote, A Tale of Two Libraries: Lambeth Palace and Sion College in the 17th century
Sean Hawkins: The Rev. John Newman Harrison (1815-1901): a Quest
2014 Hilary Ely, “…a Guinea with which was bought …”: Subscribers to Andrew Cranston’s Reigate Publick Library
Dr Keith Manley, Bodies in the Library: the Family Library of Agatha Christie
2015 Penelope Horsfall, William Penn, Quaker (1644-1718): a visitor to Surrey, especially Reigate
Michael Heneker, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” – a legal romp

To see a full list of all previous Cranston Lectures please click here.

THE CRANSTON LECTURE 2016 will take place
AT ST MARY’S CHURCH, CHART LANE, REIGATE AT 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm (please note the change to an earlier time) on Monday, 17th October 2016


Christianna Thompson:  The English Atlas of the Late Seventeenth Century.

Dr Andrea Thomas: A Historical Calumny: George Buchanan’s Detection of Mary, Queen of Scots.

img_1598CHRISTIANNA THOMPSON is a postgraduate student of Book History at the Institute of English within the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, where her special interest is seventeenth-century printed books and their bindings. She was introduced to the study of maps and atlases during the Institute’s annual Rare Books School and has based her research at the Cranston Library.

img_0581-1DR ANDREA THOMAS studied history at Somerville College, Oxford, and produced a doctoral thesis in Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh. She works primarily as a schoolteacher but also maintains her research interests. She is the author of Princelie Majestie: The Court of James V of Scotland, 1528-1542 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005) and Glory and Honour: The Renaissance in Scotland (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2013). She has had the great privilege to be a trustee of the Cranston Library since 2003.

If you would like to be included on our mailing or emailing list for the lectures, please contact:
Mrs Hilary Ely
9 Windermere Way
01737 769108

Open Days

The Library opens to the public every year on the Saturday of the Heritage Open Days weekend in September.  The 2016 open day takes place on Saturday 10 September 2016, 10am to 4pm.