Document ReferenceFr
TitleA collection of farming and rural records primarily from the East Midlands, 1706-1951
Extent5 boxes
AbstractThe collection contains records relating to farming and rural life, primarily in the East Midlands. Financial accounts for farmers and other rural folk are the most common type of record but there are also 18th century personal memoranda books (diaries) kept by a farmer in Ireland and a rector and headmaster in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers. Fragile material is currently restricted pending repair.
Admin HistoryThis artificial collection brings together small groups of records and individual items which concern farming or rural history of the East Midlands. It grew out of a collection compiled by staff of The University of Nottingham's School of Agriculture, but a number of items were given independently to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections. Further items are added if they fit the subject matter criteria.
Custodial HistoryThe records contained in this collection came from a variety of sources and were acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections between 1951 and 1989.
DescriptionThe collection is dominated by accounts recording expenditure and the earnings of individuals or their rural businesses. These accounts provide a useful primary source for studying the costs of farm produce, machinery and labour during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection also contains personal memoranda books (diaries) that were kept in the 18th century by Jonathan Ash, a farmer in Ireland and Rev. Seth Ellis Stevenson, a rector and headmaster of Retford, Nottinghamshire.

The collection is defined by the subject matter of nine smaller collections which all in some way concern farming or rural life of the East Midlands (with the exception of one item which has an Irish provenance, Fr 74). Although some of these smaller collections include significant entries about individual farmers or the business of particular farms, the majority represent only a single volume or a few documents. The value for research of these smaller collections is increased by their association with other records of a similar type.

The collection contains the following component collections:

Farming records from The University of Nottingham's School of Agriculture at Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, 1738-1951 (Fr 1-58, 76-87);

Cash books of Henry Daws of Nottinghamshire (distiller, maltster or brewer), 1786-1816 (Fr 59-60);

Cash book of a resident of East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, 1807-1825 (Fr 61);

Family papers and historical notes of Frank Hays, 1882-1943 were formerly part of this collection as Fr 62-64, but they have been relocated and given the reference number: MS 163 (formerly Fr 62-64);

Records of G.A. Lacey and Son, farmers of Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, 1900-1944 (Fr 65-67);

Records of Robert Mellors of Nottinghamshire, farmer, 1866-1880 (Fr 68-71);

Account book of Jabez Ride, blacksmith of Mugginton, Derbyshire, 1919-1926 (Fr 72);

Memoranda and expenses book of Reverend Seth Ellis Stevenson, rector and headmaster of Retford, Nottinghamshire, 1760-1777 (Fr 73);

Memoranda and account book of Jonathan Ash, farmer in Ireland, 1706-1724 (Fr 74);

Account book of W.P. Adlington, farmer of Carlton on Trent, Nottinghamshire, 1892-1894 (Fr 75).
MgtGroupBusiness records
Personal papers
ArrangementThe intention in creating this collection was to bring small groups of records and scattered items relating to farming and rural life together as a subject based collection. Groups within the collection retain distinctions based on their separate provenance.
TermAgriculture - England - History
Agriculture - Ireland - History
Great Britain - Rural conditions - 19th century
Agricultural laborers - England - History
Great Britain - Rural conditions - 18th century
Agriculture - Economic aspects - England - History
FindingAidsThis description revises an earlier catalogue, incorporating accruals and copyright on this description belongs to The University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 37 ff At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 7 ff Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionGenerally good but Fr 74 is in a poor, fragile condition.
Related MaterialPapers of Frank Hays of Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire (MS 163)
Related RecordMS163

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA261Stevenson; Seth Ellis (c.1728-1793); Rev.; rector and headmaster of Retford Nottinghamshirec.1728-1793
NA262Ash; Jonathan (fl 1706-1724); farmer in Irelandfl 1706-1724
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