William Crackanthorpe: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

[1-23] Correspondence of Christopher Wordsworth and William Crackanthorpe on education; Richard Wordsworth to William Crackanthorpe as executor of Christopher Crackanthorpe, 1792-1806; Christopher Wordsworth to Christopher Crackanthorpe, c.1792-95, and to Mrs. Crackanthorpe, 1804-6 (9); Richard Wordsworth to Mrs. Crackanthorpe, 1802-5 (7); William Cookson to Mrs. Crackanthorpe, 1803-4 (2); and Dr. D.M. Peacock and Dr. Gretton (schoolmasters), 1802-4 (2).

[24-27] William Crackanthorpe, travel journals: Scotland (1810), Ireland (1812) and the Continent (Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, 1813-14); Sarah Crackanthorpe (sister), a journal of a tour in Scotland, undated.

[28-79] William Crackanthorpe to his mother and to his sisters Charlotte and Sarah (29), 1813-15, from cities in Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France.

[80-142] Letters to William Crackanthorpe from acquaintances on the Continent, mostly unidentified women, in French, Italian, and English, 1813-18.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Crackanthorpe (1790-1888), of Newbiggin, Westmorland, was first cousin of William Wordsworth. His father Christopher Crackanthorpe (earlier Cookson) (1745-1799) was brother of Wordsworth's mother Ann, and guardian of the Wordsworth children. Wordsworth's elder brother Richard Wordsworth (d.1816) was Christopher Crackanthorpe's executor; his younger brother Christopher Wordsworth (1774-1846) studied at Cambridge and later became Master of Trinity College. Mrs Crackanthorpe's brother-in-law was William Cookson (1764-1852), Canon of Windsor.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1992.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue. A list is also available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Maps of Scotland and of the Continent, acquired with the papers, have been transferred to the Map Department.