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TitleThe Potter Collection of Deeds and Records, c.1200-c.1924
Date Of Creation1200-1924 (c)
Extent8 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; title deeds, manorial documents.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThis collection of historical records was created by Colonel W. A. Potter of Lambley House, Nottinghamshire, and takes its name from the donor. Their earlier provenance is unknown.

Colonel Potter was educated at Uppingham School and Cirencester Agricultural College. He served in France during the First World War, and was awarded the D.S.O. in 1917. He was associated with the Army Service Corps for more than forty years.

His work in agriculture involved him in a number of organizations, including the Nottinghamshire Farmers Union and the Midland Agricultural College at Sutton Bonington (now part of the University of Nottingham). Official responsibilities over the years included the offices of J.P., Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff. From 1931 he was for twenty years chairman of the board of Thos. Forman and Sons Ltd.

A keen follower of local history interests, and particularly matters relating to land tenure, he became chairman of the Thoroton Society in 1932. His active support included practical assistance in its publication of local records. He himself built up an extensive library of genealogical and local historical resources.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was presented to Nottingham University by Colonel W. A. Potter in 1948.
DescriptionThe collection is made up of over 200 legal documents, dating from c.1200 through to c.1924, and relating mainly to the counties of Derbyshire and Leicestershire. Although there is a number of small groups of related documents, the majority of documents have apparently come from many different sources and have no obvious association. An exception is the deeds and leases concerning land in the manors of Market Bosworth and Cadeby, Leicestershire; all the Leicestershire material relates to the Dixie family of Market Bosworth.

Among the earliest documents are a charter of Reginald, Prior of Repton, relating to Willington, Derbyshire (c.1230) and a charter of Edmund Crouchback, Earl of Lancaster to the Church at Dore (1276). Other records range from fifteenth-century charters of Abney, Derbyshire, to eighteenth-century court roll copies relating to land in the manor of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Leases, bonds and copy wills are also present.
MgtGroupGenealogical and local history
MgtSubGroupDeeds and property records
ArrangementDocuments are listed in a single numerical sequence, within which they have been arranged according to county, sub-divided by place, and given in chronological order.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
Administration of estates - England - Derbyshire
Administration of estates - England - Leicestershire
Deeds - England
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:
Typescript Catalogue, 51 pp

At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew:
Old version of typescript catalogue, 50 pp

Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialDeeds, estate papers and manorial records of the Dixie Family, baronets, of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, can be found at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
Publication NoteThe charters for Abney, Derbyshire have been published in Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 34, January 1912, pp 67-74.

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CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA1057Potter; W. A. (c 1889-1953); Colonelc 1889-1953
NA75835Dixie; family; of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
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