Papers of Edwin Chester, furniture remover of Nottingham, 1865-1922

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Extract of 1865 probate will of John Field, January 1908 (MS 275/1).
  • Extract of divorce decree, September 1911 (MS 275/2).
  • Draft agreement, 1922 (MS 275/3).
  • Certificates relating to payment for the erection of warehouses and domestic dwellings in Wilford Grove for Edwin Chester, 1899-1903 (MS 275/4).
  • Bills and receipts in respect of Mr E. Chester's residence in Coppice Hospital, Nottingham, July-November, 1920 (MS 275/5).

Administrative / Biographical History

Edwin Chester was recorded in the 1891 Wright's Directory of Nottingham as coal dealer,carter and cowkeeper of 12 Goodhead street. By 1894, directories show that he had specialised incarting. According to the draft agreement in this collection (MS 275/3), Chester was living inWilford Grove, Nottingham, and was still a furniture remover working from Wilford Grove and BeauvaleRoad in 1922. In that year, a partnership with his two sons, George Edwin Chester and John WilliamChester was formed creating the firm of 'E. Chester and Sons'. The company operated from RylandCrescent and Beauvale Road, Nottingham until the 1940s.

John Field, whose will appears in this collection, was a grazier of Whitwick, Leicestershire. Hisson George of Osgathorpe and his friend John Sketchley of Whitwick, shoe maker, are recorded as histrustees. Two of John Field's daughters, Ellen and Sarah, had the surname Chester but the exactnature of the link with Edwin Chester is not clear.


The collection has been divided by document type into five series. Within these series, itemshave been arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

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

Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

The papers were acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in 1977.