Map of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, in 1879

Scope and Content

The map is a black and white photographic copy of an original map of the parish of Bulwell which may have been attached to a deed. The original was signed at the bottom by T. Alfred Mann, Percy H. Cooper and A.F.T. Cooper, who had each affixed their seals to the document. Some individual fields were delineated on the original map, but the area covering the town of Bulwell was left mostly blank.

Hand-drawn annotations have been subsequently added to the map at an unknown time, including the title 'Bulwell in 1879'. Different parts of the parish have been hand-coloured according to a schedule of three different types of landholding: 'Original manor (later copyhold)' [the blank area covering the town of Bulwell], 'Original manor, probably Lord's demense (later sold)', and 'Additional land acquired by Lord of the Manor after 1828'. Field names have also been added in black pen.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Thomas Cooper (d 1871) purchased Bulwell Hall and the Manor of Bulwell in 1864. By 1891 the estate had been purchased by the brewer Thomas Hardy of Kimberley. The history of this map is unknown, but its contents refer to the period of ownership of Bulwell Hall by members of the Cooper family.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair. The paper is lifting from the backing in places and is frayed at the edges.

Conditions Governing Use

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Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The previous ownership of the map is unknown. It was acquired by Manuscripts and Special Collections in October 2007.