Cash books of Robert Mellors of Nottinghamshire, farmer, 1866-1880

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a single series of four cash books covering the period from 1866 to 1880which are divided into Mellors' expenditure on charity, farm, house, garden and horses. Some looseaccounts and a valuation of individual tools, implements and harnesses are also present. The papersin this collection are written in various different hands.

The volumes are an incomplete record of Mellors' farm and domestic expenditure. Their value wouldbe enhanced if further evidence could be found to identify Mellors. They provide an insight into thecost of a variety of goods and services purchased by a gentleman farmer at the time.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nothing is known about Robert Mellors other than that he was a farmer. The cash books in thiscollection suggest that he was a farmer of some stature who contributed regularly and generously tocharity. Where Mellors farmed is also unknown. There are references in the cash books to Nottingham,such as in the payment to Rowland and James, a company of bookbinders in the town. The only farmersin Nottinghamshire recorded in trade directories in this period with the surname Mellors andvariations on Mellors farmed in North and South Carlton near Carlton-in-Lindrick. A Robert Mellarsis recorded in an 1894 directory as a farmer in South Carlton. Earlier directories record a RobertMellars as a blacksmith in the same village.


Items in this collection have been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

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.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of the cash books must be sought in advance inwriting from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and the responsibility forcopyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.


Custodial History

The cash books were given to The University of Nottingham in September 1941.

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