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Robert Sylvester (Pursglove) was a 16th century Bishop. He was born in 1504 in Tideswell, Derbyshire and educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was Prior of Guisborough, then Archdeacon of Nottingham and finally Bishop of Hull, a post he held to his death on 2 May 1579.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.