Legal Papers in the Wrench Collection, 1843-1934

Scope and Content

This section of the Wrench collection relates to the settlement of the estate of Edward Mason Wrench (d 1912) and Annie Eliza Wrench (d 1920), and to the settlement of the affairs of the Kirke family with regard to their estates at East Markham.

Most of the material consists of correspondence relating to the settlement of estates, and testamentary papers. These include wills, accounts and property documentation. There are also two plans of Kirke estates in Nottinghamshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912) and his cousin Annie Eliza Kirke (1831-1920) were married in 1861, strengthening further the link between the two families. Edward M. Wrench was the son of Thomas William Wrench (1805-1875) and Diana Maria Kirke (1810-1876). Annie was the daughter of William Kirke (1799-1843) (brother of Diana Maria) and Ann White (1807-1874). Both families used the firm of Brooke Taylor, solicitors of Bakewell, Derbyshire for the management of their legal affairs.

See the fonds entry for the Wrench Collections (Wr-Wre) for more details about the family.


Material is arranged according to form (e.g correspondence, accounts) and listed chronologically within sections.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

Typescript Catalogue

At the National Register of Archives, London:

Typescript Catalogue

On the World Wide Web:

Catalogue accessible on the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue

The catalogue is also available online on the national A2A (Access to Archives) website.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on 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Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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

These papers form a sub-fonds of the Wrench family collection and came to the University library from Brooke Taylor, solictors, in 1969.

Related Material

See also the Kirke of East Markham (Ki) collection; the fonds entry for all the Wrench collections (WrWre); and the other sub-fonds and series which make up the Wrench Collections (Wr, WrC, WrDX, Wre and WrKi).