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To whom should we attribute this catechism (which is also found in the 1662 BCP)? My guess is that it is not a carryover from the 1559.
In 1549 the present 1662 BCP Catechism was composed as far as the end of the explanation of the Lord's Prayer. This was possibly authored by Dr Nowell, a master of Westminster School and later Dean of St Paul's. Another contender is +Goodrich. In 1604 after the Hampton Court Conference when the Puritans complained that the Catechism was too short, the latter part concerning the Sacraments was added. This was composed by Dr Overall, Dean of St. Paul's and later Bishop of Lichfield. From 1549 to 1661 the Catechism, ending with the explanation of the Lord's Prayer, formed a kind of introduction to the Rite of Confirmation. What is now the Preface to Confirmation is the substance of the first two Rubrics which stood till 1661 before the Catechism. In the first of these Rubrics there was a direction that at the time of Confirmation, the Bishop or his deputy should put to the Candidates such questions from the Catechism they might think proper.
As Symphorian wote the majority of the Catechism was written during the reign of Edward VI, while the portion on the Sacraments was commissioned to be added by John Overall.
By the by, I love the simplicity of the design. Please keep it so