Court Roll of the Manor of Beverley Water Towns (1649-1764 with gaps) and title deeds relating to the Thornton family (1716-1735)
Manorial Court Rolls for Beverley Water Towns and miscellaneous deeds re Thornton Family
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The manor of Beverley included the 'water towns' of Sicey, Sneerholmes, Stork, Thearne, Tickton, Weel, and Woodmansey and the Manorial Documents Register says that the Manor was also referred to as Beverley Aquatica (Manor)
In 1542 it was exchanged by the Archbishop with the Crown and held by Robert Dudley (1561-1566). Some elements were granted to the town and after Beverley was incorporated in 1573 it was considered to be the owner of the manor. In 1572 it was leased to Michael Warton and held by the family until it was sold to Sir Michael Warton in 1628 and remained in the family until 1726 where it passed through family-lines to the Pelham family and as Baron Yarborough sold the estate in the early 19th century.
Courts were evidently held separately for each of the water towns while they were in the hands of the Crown. The Water Towns court met in a building at Hall Garth from the 17th to the late 19th century with some rolls headed 'the manor of Beverley Hall Garth Water Towns'.
U DX50/1-7 Court Rolls for the Manor of Beverley Water Towns, 1649-1764
U DX50/8-15 Miscellaneous title deeds relating to the Thornton Family, 1716-1735
U DX50/16 Court Rolls - notes and transcripts, 
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Donated by Mayor J.A. Iveson, 4 Aug 1953