Account book of the Nottingham Ratepayers' Association, 1860-1862

Scope and Content

The collection contains a slim volume of manuscript accounts for the Nottingham Ratepayers' Association. It records income from membership subscriptions and interest and expenses such as printing, stationery and the use of the Guildhall for meetings. The accounts are complete from November 1860 to January 1862.

The remainder of the volume has been re-used for other purposes. Following on from the Ratepayers' accounts, there is an account headed 'No. 1, Mr Bailey', apparently used to record interest payments, 1865-1869. A further four similar leaves have been cut out.

The inside cover and first leaf have been re-used as a rough account book of expenditure on frocks, hats, trimmings, a 'bird cage', and mending boots. The name Sarah War is mentioned, and the date 6 February 1867.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ratepayers' Associations were established to campaign for good value for people paying rates in particular areas. In the nineteenth century association members also had the power to elect local councillors. Members were often owners of commercial concerns or wealthier residents. There do not appear to be any surviving records of the Nottingham Ratepayers' Association beyond this volume.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding is loose

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Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 volume was acquired by the library of University of Nottingham in about 1948.