Taylor Deeds

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers, deeds and letters relating to premises at Aldin Grange, Broom, Relley Paper Mill and Gaudyhaugh in St. Oswald's parish, Durham and at Ushaw Hill Top, [parish Lanchester], Co. Durham, sometime in possession of John Taylor (d. ca. 1823) and then by marriage the Macrae family. There is, in addition, apart from business papers relating to the paper mill and some plans, a range of ephemera including a few documents relating to Worcester and a copy of the Inclosure Act of 1784 for Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

The property concerned in these documents is based upon the estate of John Taylor (died ca. 1823) in the Browney Valley, Co. Durham. This included Aldin Grange and Ushaw Hill Top, as well as Relly Paper Mill, mining interests and land bought by the North Eastern Railway Company and Deerness Valley Railway Company. His heiress, Francis Mary Taylor, married Dr Archibald Macrae of Bruiach, Invernesshire in 1856 and the property was formed into a trust. They later lived in Richmond, Yorkshire, and Worcester.

The property was sold in 1862 and subsequent owners include Durham Cathedral and St Cuthbert's College, Durham.


As received.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan in the Worcester Record Office on 4 December 1957 by Gallaher & Russell, solicitors, 2 Pierpoint Street, Worcester, with permission to distribute them appropriately; received by the University of Durham Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic (from 1990 part of the University Library's Archives and Special Collections department) on 11 February 1958. This collection was renamed in 1999, having previously, with the Arthur Hedley Maps, been referred to as the Worcester Solicitor's Papers.

Other Finding Aids

This collection description and summary typescript list.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.