Documents relating to Lancashire, Cheshire and other counties

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 418 E/7/1-E/7/6
  • Alternative Id.
      GB 418 Main/1
  • Dates of Creation
      14th century-19th century
  • Physical Description
      318 files

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous collection of deeds deposited in Chetham's Library in October 1940 by F. H. Mainprice of Taylor, Kirkman and Mainprice, solicitors to the Feoffees of Chetham's Hospital and Library. Many of the deeds are concerned with the Manchester area, with Taxal in Cheshire, and there are some concerned with Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, one of the estates which provided Chetham's Hospital School with income.


The deeds were not put in order when they arrived at the library, but were simply numbered and listed by C.T.E. Phillips, Chetham's Librarian, who provided an index of names. The collection is divided into two lots: Lot 1 reference E.7.1-E.7.4, total of 231 deeds; Lot 2 reference E.7.5-E.7.6, total of 87 deeds.

The deeds were reboxed in January 1989. Phillips's order is as follows:

E.7.1 Lot 1 nos. 1-60

E.7.2 Lot 1 nos. 61-98

E.7.3 Lot 1 nos. 99-160

E.7.4 Lot 1 nos. 161-231

E.7.5 Lot 2 nos. 1-52

E.7.6 Lot 2 nos. 53-87

The documents were rearranged on paper in a chronological order within an alphabetical order of places in 1989. Owing to Phillips's division of the collection into two lots, and the consequent duplication of the numbering sequence, it was necessary to prefix the lot number 2 to the reference given by Phillips.Thus (2) 81 is lot 2 number 81. Deeds belonging to lot 1 have no prefix.