A grant by Henry I
Made on 3rd September 1101 and is the oldest document owned by the family. To St Peter’s Abbey, Gloucester, of his manor of Maisemore. It is part of the archives of the Berkeleys of Spetchley. The deed was taken back into Crown hands at the dissolution of the monasteries and then went to the Compton family when they acquired Hartpury later in the 16th century because included in the grant (though not stated) is 200 a. of woodland in Hartpury.
An illuminated book
From the family collection. The illumination comes from the Neville Hours, c1410, purchased by the Eighth Earl because he thought it had a family connection.
A medical treatise
Describing characteristics of the four humours (sanguine, choleric, etc.)
Discussed in Medicine for a Great Household (c.1500): Berkeley Castle Muniments Select Book 89 by L Ehrsam Voigts and A Payne in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, third series, vol XII 2016