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TitlePapers relating to the Worksop Manor Estate, Nottinghamshire, 1824-1905.
Extent303 items
AbstractThe collection comprises correspondence, estate papers, maps and plans and receipts for the Worksop Manor estate, Nottinghamshire primarily during its ownership by the Duke of Newcastle, 1824-1905.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryFor many years the Worksop Manor Estate in Nottinghamshire rested in the hands of the Howard family, Dukes of Norfolk. It had come into the family in 1606, following the marriage of Althea, daughter and heiress of the Earl of Shrewsbury to Thomas, Earl of Arundel (grandson of the 4th Duke of Norfolk). After descending through the cadet branches of the Howard family, the estate finally emerged into the senior line with the succession of Thomas Howard, 8th Duke of Norfolk in 1701. For some time afterwards, Worksop Manor became the principal family seat. In 1839, however, Bernard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, sold the Worksop estates to Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne, who was consolidating his family's land holdings in Nottinghamshire.

The Duke of Newcastle's ownership of the manor lasted for little more than 50 years. In 1890 the Manor House and surrounding park land were sold to Sir John Robinson, with much of the remainder of the estate also being sold in separate lots.
Custodial HistoryThe papers were purchased by the University of Nottingham in 1986.
DescriptionThis is a small collection which reflects both the rural and urban nature of the Worksop estate. There are papers relating to individual farms, including an extensive series of correspondence recording a dispute over land and tenant right at Bridge House Farm, occupied by Joseph Beard. Another significant series relates to the break up of the Steetley Magnesia Works. Other correspondence covers subjects such as water supply, estate boundaries, local rates, telegraph and telephone communications etc, and is mostly with Joel Haslam, the Duke of Newcastle's receiver and agent. The collection includes a number of maps and plans. These reflect both individual properties and the estate as a whole, as well as features such as sewers, river banks and the like.

Issues of urban development are also illustrated, with the collection containing papers relating to the maintenance and building of roads, drainage, lighting and even proposals for a new cemetery. The ultimate disposal of the estate is recorded through sale particulars dating between 1890 and 1904.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
ArrangementThe material is arranged by series, in chronological order.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 72 pp. Online: Catalogue available through 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.
Related MaterialEstate and official papers of the Dukes of Newcastle (Ne A-X). Also three other estate deposits, (Ne 3), (Ne 5) and (Ne 6).
Hull University Archives: Papers relating to the sale of the Worksop Manor Estate of the Duke of Newcastle (DX 103/5-20).
Related RecordNeA;/D;/E;/I;/L;/M;/N;/O;/P;/S;/X

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA900Clinton; Henry P.F. Pelham- (1785-1851); 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne1785-1851
NA1009Haslam; Joel (fl 1887-1904); receiver and agent to the Dukes of Newcastle under Lynefl 1887-1904
NA1010Beard; Joseph (fl 1901-1904); tenant of the Duke of Newcastle under Lyne at Bridge House Farm Worksopfl 1901-1904
PL1121/Bridge House Farm/Worksop/Nottinghamshire/England
PL99397Worksop Manor Estate/Worksop/Nottinghamshire/England
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