Papers of Mrs Sophia Letitia Barnard of South Cave

Scope and Content

The papers of Sophia Letitia Barnard represent the last papers related to the Barnard estates of South Cave, including Cave Castle, their family home (earlier papers of the South Cave estates of the Barnard family are catalogued as DDBA). Sophia Barnard had placed her affairs into the hands of Messrs. Crust, Todd and Mills, including the management of her estates on behalf of her daughter after she died.

The papers include an 1890 plan of South Cave, tenancy agreements with the local girls' and boys' schools, tenancy agreements for farms, houses and allotments, a photograph of the memorial stone of Sophia Letitia Barnard and her husband as well as the account for death duties paid on her estate 1910-1913, papers related to the settlement of her will, a 1932 letter from Horsley Smith and Co about shooting rights and poaching at Cave Castle, the 1925 sale catalogue of Cave Castle and the 1938 sale catalogues of miniatures, paintings, porcelain, furniture, carpets, old English and foreign silver and the estate itself. There are a few papers including title deeds, an inventory and a sale catalogue of Ursula Barnard's house in Bournemouth to which she retired in 1925.

Further papers in this series were purchased at auction in 2014 and comprise U DDCV2/54/100-103.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sophia Letitia Stuart was born on 12 August 1830, the fifth daughter of the honourable Andrew Godfrey Stuart, of Lisdhu in County Tyrone, Ireland. Her father was the youngest son of the Earl of Castlestuart. In 1862, in St George's Hanover Square, she married Charles Edward Gee Boldero-Barnard (b.1822) who had succeeded to the Barnard estates at South Cave on the death of his uncle, Henry Gee Barnard (b.1789), in 1858. He and his wife did not move in until the death of Elizabeth Mary Barnard, Henry Gee Barnard's widow, in 1872, and they then spent the next three years renovating (Hall, A history of South Cave, pp.30, 34-5, 37; Alec-Smith, 'Cave Castle', pp.55-6).

Sophia and Charles Barnard had three children: Sophia Isabel who was born and died on 14 January 1867, a son who was born and died on 25 April 1868 and Ursula Mary Florence who was born on 4 July 1869. Charles Barnard died in 1894 and the papers in the collection largely date from this time when Sophia Barnard left the management of her affairs in the hands of her solicitors. When she herself died in 1910 she left her estate in the hands of trustees for her sole surviving daughter, Ursula, who lived at Cave Castle with her mother until that time. Ursula went on living there with a relative, Miss Stuart, but moved to Bournemouth in 1925 and tried to sell the South Cave estate. It eventually sold in 1938 when she herself died, the last in the Barnard line. The trustees sold all the art works, furniture and objets d'arts, just leaving Cave Castle to transfer into new hands. It has since had several owners. (Hall, A history of South Cave, pp.30, 34-5, 37; Alec-Smith, 'Cave Castle', pp.55-60).

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Papers of the Barnard family of South Cave [U DDBA]


  • Alec-Smith, R A, 'Cave Castle', Transactions of the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire, 4 (1956-8)
  • Hall, John George, A history of South Cave and of other parishes in the East Riding of the county of York (1892)