Full Distribution Sets

We detail below some of the "FULL DISTRIBUTION" sets of Royal Maundy which were issued to the maundy recipients. These are from our personal collection.


1961 - Full Distribution

Rochester Cathedral

3 x maundy Sets + 5p

1953 Elizabeth II Crown

All contained in a lovely wooden case made specifically by Ted Carey for this maundy distribution.

1961 full maundy distribution set - reverse.
1961 full maundy distribution set - obverse.

The maundy recipient was Emily Miles Nee Mousher.

We also have two entry tickets for this 1961 service as you will see below.

1961 Maundy service entry tickets.

1966 - Full Distribution

Westminster Abbey

Green Leather Purse

White Leather Purse

Red Leather Purse

4 Full maundy sets.

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham Palace:

  • 10th March 1966 - A three page letter advising applicant has been succesful in their application to receive Royal Maundy gifts. Signed by Peter Wright Secretary of The Royal Almonry.
  • Undated Letter - Desribing The Royal Full Maundy distributions.
  • Envelope - Addressed to maundy recipient.
  • Entry Ticket - Ticket allowing Mrs A Hoadley and companion to the maundy service on 7th April 1966.
  • Programme - Giving full details of order of maundy service - hymns , prayers etc.
  • The Pictorial History of Royal Maundy - colour booklet by Pitkins.
Photo of some of the paperwork and leather purses from 1966.

The maundy recipient was Mrs A E Hoadley.


1973 - Full Distribution

Westminster Abbey

Green Leather Purse - containing "allowance in lieu of provisions" (£1.50)

  • 1953 Coronation Crown
  • 1972 Silver Wedding Crown
  • £1 note

Plus

  • "For the redemption of the Sovereigns gown, worn on the day of distribution - 5 x £1 notes.

White Leather Purse - contained Maundy Money. As many pence as the Sovereign is years of age (47 pence).

  • 4 Full Maundy Sets plus extra 3d and 4d.

Official Maundy Case with Royal Crest in silver.

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham Palace:

  • 17th February 1973 - letter acknowledging receipt of Royal Maundy application form from Mrs B.C. Botwright.
  • 26th March 1973 - 2 page letter informing Mrs Botwright of succesfull application and detailing the arrangements for theMaundy thursday service on the 19th April 1973. This is signed by Peter Wright Secretary of the Royal Almonary.
  • UNDATED letter - describing "The Royal Full Maundy" describing both the first and second distributions.
  • 19th April 1973 - Ticket (Green) to admit MrsBotwright and companion to the Maundy ceremony.
  • June 1973 - letter thanking recipient for letter regarding Maundy ceremony. Signed by Peter Wright.

There is also a booklet showing the 1973 Maundy ceremony on the front cover - "The Pictorial History of the Royal Maundy" by Peter Wright.

The Maundy recipient was Mrs B C Botwright who was one of only 47 men and women to receive the Royal Maundy distribution in 1973.

Coins and banknotes in uncirculated condition with light toneing. Purses etc in good condition.

Photo of some of the 1973 letters, ticket and purses.

Photo of some of the 1973 letters, ticket & purses.

Photo of the Royal Maundy box / other coinage mentioned above.

Photo of the Royal Maundy box / other coinage mentioned above.


1974 - Full Distribution

Salisbury Cathedral

Red - white string, white - red string, white - green string leather purses.

3 Maundy sets.

Reverse of a maundy set - 1974

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham Palace:

  • 6th February 1974 - letter from Royal Almonary Office acknowledging receipt of application form for Royal Maundy service.
  • March 1974 - letter from Royal Almonary confirming Mr Purchase successful application. Signed by Peter Wright Secretary. Plus envelope addressed to Mr Purchase.
  • 11th April 1974 - Ticket, white to admit Maundy companion.
  • 9th May 1974 - letter from Royal Almonary thanking Mr Purchase for his recent letter about the maundy service. Signed by Peter Wright secretary.
  • Undated letter - outlining the maundy distribution and gifts.
  • Undated letter - notes about the Royal Maundy and King Georges Jubilee trust.

Official Booklet describing the 1974 maundy service including hymns etc.

Booklet "Royal Maundy" - The pictorial history of the Royal Maundy by Peter Wright.

The maundy recipient was Mr H W Purchase. One of only 48 men and women to receive the Royal Maundy distribution in 1974.

Letters / paperwork - 1974

1976 - Full Distribution

Hereford Cathedral

White, Red, and Green leather purses

5 x Maundy sets

1 x 1953 Crown

1 x Medallion and chain - Hereford 676 - 1976

Entry ticket to ceremony

2 x Postcards

Entry ticket - 1976
Maundy set and medalion - 1976
Leather photo album containing photos from the ceremony - 1976

Leather photo album containing photos from the ceremony.

Photo album - open
Postcard - 1976
Mrs G S Wherley - 1976

Presented to Mrs G S Wherley


1979 - Full Distribution

Winchester Cathedral

Red and Green leather purses.

One 1979 maundy set

Original letters from Buckinham palace:

Original programme from 1979 service.

Letters, paperwork, programme etc:

Original letters from Buckinham palace - 1979
Original programme from 1979 Maundy service
Envolope - 1979

Maundy recipient was Hannah M Dowding


1980 - Full Distribution

Worcester Cathedral

1980 full Maundy distribution set

plus 2 x Maundy companion passes

Maundy recpient was Sister Elzabeth Birch


1982 - Full Distribution

St Davids Cathedral

White leather purse containing the maundy money -- 5 x Maundy sets + 6p

Red leather purse

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham Palace:

  • March 1982 - Letter confiriming chosen from Peter Wright Secretary in original envelope.
  • March 1982 - Letter confirming details of the ceremony in original envelope. Signed by Peter Wright.
  • Notes for maundy recipients
  • Programme for the 1982 service
  • Pitkin guide
1982 full Maundy distribution set awarded to Mrs M J Davies

Awarded to Mrs M J Davies

1985 - Full Distribution

Ripon Cathedral

Original letters from Buckinham palace - 1985

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham Palace:

  • Letter acknowledging application for Royal Maundy
  • Letter to Maundy recipient with envelope
  • The Royal Maundy service programme
  • Entry ticket to the service

Maundy recipient was Mr J Farrar


1986 - Full Distribution

Chichester Cathedral

Red and White leather purses containing the following:

  • "Maundy money, as many pence as the Sovereign is years of age" - (60 pence).
  • 6 Full Maundy Sets - still in sealed in transparent holders.

Official Royal Maundy Case with Royal crest.

Original letters from Buckingham Palace:

  • February 1986 - Letter informing recipient of succesful application and detailing arrangements. Signed by Peter Secretary.
  • Undated Letter - Enclosing the Royal maundy service book.
  • Undated Letter - Enclosing notes for recipients regarding the Maundy service programme.
  • 27th March 1986 - Signed letter by Peter Wright, Secretary of the Royal Almonary detailing the maundy service at Chichester Cahedral.

Two official booklets describing the 1986 Maundy service including hymns etc.

Map of Chichester.

Booklet - "The Pictorial History of The Royal Maundy" by Peter Wright.

Blue Folder embossed with crest of Chichester Cathedral.

Maundy recipient was Mr H K Burford, one of only 60 men and women who were given the maundy distribution in 1986.

All coins are as struck and still sealed in their original official containrs. Purses are in good condition also.

Original letters from Buckinham palace - 1986

1991 - Full Distribution

Westminster Abbey

Red Leather purse containing:

  • "Allowance in lieu of clothing"
  • "Allowance in lieu of provisions"

For the redemption of the sovereign gown, worn on the day of distribution - Total £5.50

£5 note & 50p coin

White leather purse holding the maundy money, as many pence as the sovereign is years of age (65p).

  • 6 maundy sets
  • 4p & 1p

Official programme for the 1991 service.

The Story of The Royal Maundy booklet by Pitkin.

Original letters plus envelopes from Buckingham Palace:

  • 12th February 1991 - Letter from the Royal Almonry office acknowledging receipipt of the application form.
  • 18th February 1991 - Letter confirming that Miss Williams has been chosen to be a maundy recipient.
  • March 1991 - Letter confirming details/information for the day tgether with notes for the maundy recipients.
  • 3rd May 1991 - Letter from the Royal Almonry office acknowledging receipt of a letter from Miss williams which they have passed to the Queen.

The maundy recipient was Miss Margaret Williams.

All coins as minted in their sealed plastic packets.

Full Maundy distribution set - 1986

Red leather Purse.

White leather purse containing:

  • 6 maundy sets
  • 4p & 1p

1991 Maundy service programme.

Maundy distribution set - 1986

Maundy recipient was Gwendoline Fullwood.


1998 - Full Distribution

Portsmouth Cathedral

Red Leather purse containing:

  • "Allowance in lieu of clothing"
  • "Allowance in lieu of provisions"

For the redemption of the sovereigns gown, worn on the day of distribution - Total £5.50

1998 £5 coin (Prince of Wales 50th birthday)

1998 50p coin (EU 25th anniversary of UK membership 1973 - 1998)

White Leather purse containing: Maundy money, as many pence as the Sovereign is years of age (72 pence).

  • 7 Full maundy sets and two extra 1d coins.

Official Booklet describing the 1998 ceremony at Portsmouth Cathedral.

Original leters from Buckingham Palace:

  • 6th January 1998 - Letter from Royal Almonary advising of nomination as possible recipient of maundy money on the 9th April 1998. Signed by the Secretary Christopher Williams. Wth original Buckingham Palace envelope.
  • 31st January 1998 - Letter from Royal Almonary acknowledging receipt of Royal Maundy application form. With original Buckingham Palace envelope.
  • March 1998 - Letter from Royal Almonary informing recipient of succesful application and giving details of the ceremony. Signed by Christopher Williams Secretary.
  • Undated Letter - From the Royal Almonary detailing the Royal Maundy Distribution and gifts.
  • Undated Letter - From Royal Almonary with notes about the Maundy service.

Maundy recipient was Mrs Alice Nutley, one of only 72 men and women to receive the maundy distribution in 1998.

All coins as struck and the maundy sets are still sealed in their original transparent holders. Purses in good condition.

Letter & paperwork for the 1998 Maundy service.
Outside Portsmouth Cathedral - 1998

1999 - Full Distribution

Bristol Cathedral

7 x maundy sets + 3p

Red leather purse.

Original letters and paperwork from Buckingham palace:

  • 12th January 1999 - Letter confirming nomination.
  • 26th January 1999 - Confirmation of nomination form received.
  • March 1999 - Confirmation that recipient has been selected.
  • Entry ticket - For maundy companion in envelope from Buckinham Palace.
  • Programme - Giving full details of order of service.

Maundy recipient Cliff Fawdry.


2000 - Full Distribution

Lincoln Cathedral

White leather purse containing: 7 complete maundy sets and a 3d and 1d.

As many pence as the sovereign was of age - 74.

Service programme for the distribution in 2000.

Queen Elizabethh II at the maundy ceremony.

Bristol Cathedral Maundy service - 2000

Maundy recipient was John xxxxxxxxx in 2000.


2005 - Full Distribution

Wakefield Cathedral

Maundy distribution set - 2005

White Leather purse - 7 x complete sets plus 3 x 3ds

Programme - Giving full details of the order of service - hymns, prayers etc.

DVD of service

The maundy recipient was Walter Nindi.


2006 - Full Distribution

Guildford Cathedral

Full Maundy distribution set - 2006

1 x Red purse.

1 x White purse.

Original letters from Buckingham Palace:

  • Letter to Mr Chapman confirming nomination.
  • Confirmation from Peter Hartley Assistant Secretary that Mr Chapmen was succesful in his application.
  • The Royal Maundy service programme.
  • Original pass signed by Mr Chapman - this should have been handed to the wandsman at the ceremony - therefore rare to see.

Maundy recipient was Mr James Chapman.