Lincolnshire Documents

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 RYCH/2478-2808
  • Dates of Creation
      1314-1747 [bulk 17th cent.]
  • Physical Description
      103 subseries; 331 items.

Scope and Content

A collection of deeds, rentals, 'particulars' and other documents relating to Lincolnshire. Over one hundred places are represented, with particularly good coverage of Bardney, Freiston, Goxhill, Orby, Tupholme, Uffington and Wragby. There are also tiny numbers of deeds relating to Derbyshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The items date mainly from the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They are arranged alphabetically by place-name, with miscellaneous material at the end of the series.

There are many rentals and other documents relating to Lincolnshire manors and properties in which George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, his son George, 2nd Duke, members of the Manners family, Earls of Rutland, Philip, Earl of Pembroke, the banker Sir Robert Clayton MP and his partner alderman John Morris, among others, were interested. Several items concern the houses, sites and lands of dissolved Lincolnshire abbeys and priories, such as Bardney, Barlings, Heynings, Newstead, Spalding, Tupholme and Vaudey.

See Frank Melton, ‘Clayton, Sir Robert (1629–1707)’, Oxford dictionary of national biography (Oxford University Press, 2004),

Acquisition Information

Rylands accession no. R65877. Purchased by the John Rylands Library from the Leicester bookseller Bernard Halliday for £6 15s in July 1929.