Document ReferenceEy
TitleEstate Papers of the Eyre family of Grove, Nottinghamshire, 1500-1849
Extent17 boxes
AbstractDeeds, court rolls, correspondence, wills, agreements, naval log books.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe documents in this collection fall into two groups. One concerns estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire inherited by the Eyre family from the families of Wasteney and Johnson, and one concerns Eyre family estates in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

Thomas Johnson of Bilsby (d 1699) held lands in Lincolnshire and Nottingham. On his death his lands passed to his stepson William Duncombe, who died soon afterwards in 1703. Johnson's niece Judith, daughter of his brother Richard Johnson, and wife of Sir Hardolph Wasteney of Headon, inherited at this time. The lands then passed to Sir Hardolph's great niece, Judith Laetitia Bury, who married Anthony Eyre of Adwick le Street, Yorkshire in 1755.

The Eyre family had estates in Adwick le Street and Laughton in Yorkshire, which they sold in the 1760s. They also held lands in Rampton and Treswell in Nottinghamshire, as well as the Manor of Grove which was purchased by Anthony Eyre in 1762. Along with Grove, the Eyre family also acquired lands in Little Gringley and Ordsall, Nottinghamshire. Anthony Hardolph Eyre of Grove died in 1836, leaving two surviving daughters. The manors of Grove and Headon passed to Granville Harcourt Vernon (1792-1879), the husband of Anthony Hardolph Eyre's younger daughter Frances Julia. Grove continued to be held by the Vernon and Harcourt-Vernon families until it was sold in 1946.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by the University in 1946.
DescriptionThe collection consists of material relating to the estates of the Johnson, Wasteney and Eyre families from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. The vast majority are title deeds, although there are two sixteenth-century court rolls of Headon Manor and some late eighteenth-century papers relating to disputes about manorial rights. A small number of maps and plans from the eighteenth century are present. There are also two seventeenth- and eighteenth-century manorial court books from Rampton and Treswell. The few eighteenth-century personal papers concern Sir Hardolph Wasteney. The presence of a number of nineteenth-century Royal Navy log books can be attributed to the naval interests and careers of certain members of the Vernon family.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe documents have been arranged in territorial groups as held by the families from whom the Eyres derived their title.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
Administration of estates - England - Lincolnshire
Administration of estates - England - Yorkshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 38 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Old version of typescript catalogue, 15 pp Online: Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue has since been enhanced, and is fuller than the version on Discovery. Family and Estate Resource relating to the Eyre family and their records, published on the Manuscripts and Special Collections website:
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialPapers of the Paget family including records of the Manor of Rampton, Nottinghamshire, 1778-1939 (reference: PGR)
Probate of the will of Diana Eyre of Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire; 19 May 1759 (reference: MD 140)
Related RecordPGR

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA75946Eyre; family; of Grove, Nottinghamshire
PL151/Headon Manor/Headon/Nottinghamshire/England
PL154/Grove Manor/Grove/Nottinghamshire/England
PL159/Adwick le Street/Yorkshire/England
PL46639/Little Gringley/Nottinghamshire/England
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