Papers concerning the environmental protection of Thorne Moor, Hatfield Chase, Yorkshire,assembled by William Bunting, 1969-1970

Scope and Content

The collection comprises copies of papers providing evidence about the natural history andamenities on the Level of Hatfield Chase, particularly Thorne Moor, Yorkshire. It was compiled byWilliam Bunting in the context of a campaign to prevent the Central Electricity Generating Boardusing the area for the disposal of fuel ash. The survey itself includes information about: publicwater-based amenities; West Riding enclosure awards; notes on the vegetation, spiders and ecologicalresearch possibilities of Thorne Moore; survey of birds on the Level of Hatfield Chase; aspects oflocal history of the area; and a report on the Bryophytes of Thorne Waste.

The collection also includes: a foreword to the survey explaining its content and purpose, 21 May1969; a list of contents to the survey; an open letter to Peter Shore of the Department of EconomicAffairs requesting action to prevent the dumping of fuel ash on the Level of Hatfield Chase, 26 June1969; and a copy letter from J. Edward Lousley, Vice President of the Botanical Society of theBritish Isles to the Inspector of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government in Selby, Yorkshire,14 August 1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Bunting, the compiler and donor of this collection, was living in Thorne near the Levelof Hatfield Chase, Yorkshire in 1969. He was active in the campaign to prevent the CentralElectricity Generating Board from using the area for the disposal of fuel ash from Drax powerstation. His work included a literature survey about the area as well as natural historystudies.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in 1970.

Related Material

  • University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Records of theHatfield Chase Corporation, drainage authority, 1538-1970. Reference number: HCC