An Exact Survey of Humberston Lordship

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopy of plan, 'An Exact Survey of Humberston Lordship. Leying Situated on the River of Humber in the County of Lincoln[shire] Belonging to Matthew Humberston Esq'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The village of Humberston, located to the south of Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire, takes its name from a large boulder called the Humber Stone which was deposited there during the last ice age.

Matthew Humberston, was born in Homerton, London in 1649 and is believed to have been a foundling (an abandoned child). He became a customs officer and quickly accumulated a significant fortune which he used to purchase land in Humberston and took his name from this place. He occupied a manor house and contributed to the rebuilding of the parish church. In died in 1709 leaving a sizeable bequest for the church to rebuild its steeple and to found a Grammar School and alms houses. There was considerable dispute over the will and the school in Cleethorpes didn't open until 1823 by which time the bequest had increased to over £24,000.

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

Copied with the permission of RW Ambler, Department of Adult Education, University of Hull, May 1976

Related Material

Negative of the plan of Humberstone, co. Lincoln, by John Friend of Redderif, London, 1707 (Ref U DDKG/208)

Copies of village and other plans includes Humberston (Ref U DX229/2)

For other items relating to the Humberston family see U DDCV2/24/13-16

Other Archives:

Lincolnshire Archives (Ref MISC DON 1403/3/5)