Wares Solicitors Collection

Scope and Content

The Wares Solicitors collection consists of legal documents relating to clients, including families and individuals, as well as properties / locations and businesses. Documents include deeds, wills, mortgage agreements, death certificates and bond certificates, amongst many others.

Administrative / Biographical History

The original founder of the company, John Brook, became a qualified solicitor in 1791 and he established his first partnership in 1812 with George Bulmer. The firm became known as Brook & Bulmer with their office based in Goodramgate, but later in new, larger premises in New Street.

Bulmer retired in 1833, and Brook's godson, Henry John Ware, became his partner in 1845. The Ware connection continued until 1966, when Innes Ware retired. The firm is now known as Ware & Kay Solicitors Ltd, and the Kay component traces back to Robert Newbald Kay, who became a solicitor in 1893, and whose great grandson, Peter Kay, is a senior partner at the firm today. They now have offices in both York and Wetherby.Ware & Kay Ltd have (in their previous forms) and continue to offer their services to both individuals and businesses. They provide a wide range of legal services including those involving property, family and financial matters.

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aids for this collection can be found online by searching the Explore website ( www.exploreyork.org.uk)

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Jenny McGarvey, Community Collections Assistant, October 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

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