Research Papers of John Fletcher, Nottinghamshire local historian, 1999-2002

Scope and Content

The collection is mainly composed of typescript selections from original manuscripts made inconnection with Fletcher's research into the archives of successive Dukes of Newcastle and theirClumber Park estate, with particular reference to the 4th Duke. The following elements are included.

  • Unpublished typescript work entitled 'History of Clumber Park: Extracts from the Estate AgentsReports 1905-1928'. 1999 (MS 735/1/1);
  • Unpublished study entitled 'The Hafod Estate and the 4th Duke of Newcastle-Under-Lyne 1832-1846'.2000 (MS 735/1/2);
  • Unpublished transcripts from the diary of the 4th Duke of Newcastle-unde-Lyne's family doctor,John Dethick, which is held by the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. The typescript isentitled 'The Final Illness and Death of Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton 4th Duke ofNewcastle-Under-Lyme'. 2001 (MS 735/1/3);
  • Research notes about Clumber and the dukes, covering the period 1880s-1940s, entitled 'TheNewcastles of Clumber Park'. 2002 (MS 735/1/4);
  • Copy of chapters from the draft of a book entitled 'The White Spaniel' by Jan Irving, withcorrespondence between her and John Fletcher on the subject of the Clumber Spaniel. 2000 (MS735/2/1).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Fletcher is a local historian of Nottinghamshire. He has undertaken extensive research intothe Pelham-Clinton archive of the Dukes of Newcastle, both at the University and in otherrepositories, and has provided the National Trust at Clumber with background research to assist theTrust's interpretation and management of the property. In 2001 the Trust published his extracts fromthe diaries of the 4th Duke of Newcastle, which form part of the University's Newcastle Collection,under the title 'Where Truth Abides'. John Fletcher has also lectured regularly to local groups andsocieties about his research.


Further accruals are expected to this collection. One series, MS 753/1 for research papers, hasbeen assigned. The notes on the Clumber Spaniel do not fit into this series and have been assignedMS 753/2/1 in the expectation that more miscellaneous research material will be deposited.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers byappointment.


Other Finding Aids

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

Separated Material

Conditions Governing Use

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

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 advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was given to the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in a number of transfers 2001-2002.

Related Material

  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Diaries ofHenry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle under Lyne and his sons, 1822-1855, in the Newcastle(Clumber) Collection. Reference: Ne 2F
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: Diary of Dr John Dethick.


  • John Fletcher, 'Where Truth Abides: Diaries of the 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme(1822-1850)', (Bakewell: Country Books for the National Trust, 2001)