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TitleThe W.A. James Collection of Manuscripts, 1559-1850
Extent6 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; deeds, wills
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThis artificial gathering is the creation of W.A. James, Librarian of Southwell Minster (after whom the Collection is named). Material was given to him from a number of different sources, much of it a gift from Mrs Becher, executrix of Mrs Handford, formerly Strutt, of Southwell. He acquired a series of documents from Westhorpe Hall, Nottinghamshire but many items bear no evidence of their provenance or the route by which they joined the collection.
Custodial HistoryThe documents were given to Nottingham University in 1949 after the death of Mr James, by his express wish.
DescriptionThe manuscripts consist chiefly of property documents (including leases, bargains and sales, mortgages and grants) relating to land primarily in Nottinghamshire but including some in Yorkshire. There are a small number of deeds relating to turnpike roads. Wills are present for members of the Egginton family, Nottingham (1640-1730) and a number of other individuals of Nottingham.

The earliest document is from 1559, the latest from 1850. The majority date from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
MgtGroupGenealogical and local history
MgtSubGroupDeeds and property records
ArrangementDocuments are listed in a single numerical sequence, which reflects their arrangement into alphabetical place sequence in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.
TermLand tenure - England - Nottinghamshire
Consolidation of land holdings - England - Nottinghamshire
Land tenure - England - Yorkshire
Consolidation of land holdings - England - Yorkshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 68 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Older version of the typescript Catalogue, 73 pp Online: Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA354James; W.A. (-1949); librarian Southwell Minster Nottinghamshire-1949
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