Research Papers and Correspondence of Professor Arthur S. Turberville concerning the History of Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire and its Owners, c.1925-1939

Scope and Content

The papers consist entirely of material relating to Turberville's research for his book on Welbeck Abbey. There are narrative drafts of various sections of the work and notes used in its preparation taken from a variety of historical sources. A few modern pamphlets are present and one eighteenth-century document concerning the settlement of the estate of Thomas Holles, Duke of Newcastle. Correspondents include the publishers Faber; agents for various Portland estates; the Duke of Portland; and Francis Needham, the Librarian at Welbeck.

During the period of Turberville's research, the vast archival holdings of the Cavendish-Bentinck Dukes of Portland were still housed at Welbeck Abbey itself. Much of the material used by Turberville, and present here in extracted form, is now part of the Portland Collection at the University of Nottingham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur S. Turberville, Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds, accepted the invitation of the Duke of Portland to undertake research on Welbeck Abbey and its occupants. The work engaged him from the mid 1920s, and was finally published as A History of Welbeck Abbey and its Owners in two volumes (i, 1539-1755; ii, 1755-1879) in 1938 and 1939 respectively.


The papers are listed in a single numerical sequence within two sections divided by form. The first includes draft texts, notes on source material and occasional publications, while the second comprises correspondence.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library: Typescript Catalogue to bundle level, 4 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue to bundle level, 4 pp

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email ). The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

LANGUAGE: English.

Custodial History

The papers were presented to the University of Nottingham Library in 1958, by the Professor's widow.

Related Material

  • See descriptions of the Portland Collection at the University of Nottingham (GB 159 Pw) for further information about the resources used by Turberville at Welbeck.


Professor A.S. Turberville, A History of Welbeck Abbey and its Owners (2 vols. 1938-1939)