Records of the Manor of North Wheatley, Nottinghamshire, 1633-1935

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Court rolls. From 1738 they are in volumes and indexed and later volumes occasionally contain maps and plans. 1633-1935 (NWM 1);

Suit rolls. 1732-1872 (NWM 2);

Maps. 1808-1922 (NWM 3);

Warrants. 1764-1899 (NWM 4-NWM 6);

Admissions, surrenders and letters of attorney. 1732-1935 (NWM 7-NWM 13);

Presentment papers and Jury lists. 1738-1884 (NWM 14);

Receipts and fines. 1830-1892 (NWM 15);

Wills. 1732-1895 (NWM 17-NWM 19);

Administrative reocrds and correspondencepondence. 1712-1935 (NWM 20-NWM 21);

General and Special Court rolls. 1861-1900 (NWM 22)

Administrative / Biographical History

The surviving court rolls of the manor of North Wheatley in north Nottinghamshire date from 1633 to 1935. During this period, the Lords of the Manor were John Ramsden, Knight (1633-1636); Milonius Newton (1637-c.1650); William Childers (c.1650-1662); Francis Birkely, Baronet (1663-1669); Jonathon Keat, Baronet (1670-1673); Thomas Lewes, Alderman of the City of London (1674-1685); Thompson family (1685-1839); Lawley family, Barons Wenlock (1839-1858); and Willoughby family, Barons Middleton (1858-1935). By the time that the Barons Wenlock were Lords of the Manor, most of the manorial land was held on copyhold tenure with fines paid on the death or change of tenant, equal to one and a half years rent. This situation ceased in 1935 when the manor was disbanded and land was transferred to freehold.

The title of Lord Wenlock was created in 1839 for Beilby Lawley. Lawley assumed the name Thompson as a condition for his inheritance of the manor of North Wheatley. Beilby Lawley's eldest son, Richard Lawley (born 1818), became 2nd Lord Wenlock and Lord of the Manor on the death of his father in 1852. The Barons Middleton, who had been the principal landowner in the parish of North Wheatley for many years, acquired the manor in 1858.


The collection has been divided by document type into series. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good but requires cleaning

Conditions Governing Use

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

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was purchased by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in July 1983.