Papers of the Dunning family of Walkington

Scope and Content

Most of the estate papers in the collection relate to Walkington in the nineteenth century and they include the wills of Robert Harwood (1751), Thomas Railey (1774), Joshua Sampson (1792), Samuel Shaw (1833), Thomas Brigham (1849), Ann Dunning (1852) and Ralph Dunning (1860). A number of Walkington families are represented in the estate papers, one example being the Remington family. There are also a number of papers relating to Samuel Shaw, the schoolmaster.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dunning family had branches in Beverley, Beverley Parks, Walkington, Cherry Burton and Bishop Burton and seem to have been farmers, millers and small-time landowners. The papers in DDCV(2)/59 relate to the estates of Ralph Dunning (d.1865) and his heirs. He may have been the son of Robert John Dunning and his wife Betty of Bishop Burton. He had a sister, Ann, and a brother, John. He had no direct heirs and John became the trustee of his estates. These were not inconsiderable. In 1848 he had the capital to purchase 'The Anchor Inn' in Beckside, Beverley and he received rents from various tenants in that town. On his death in 1865 his estates devolved onto his nephew, Robert, who named his own son, Ralph.

Robert Dunning, having been a beneficiary himself, went on to become a major benefactor of Walkington School. He was a member of the board or school manager almost continuously until his death in 1913. He sold the board land for school expansion in the 1870s and was known for giving every child a New Year penny each year, as well as donating a football, boots and bringing the children gifts of chocolates and oranges. The papers in the possession include some estate papers of Samuel Shaw who was schoolmaster from about 1800 until his death in 1833 (Scrowston, A hundred years of education in Walkington, p.21).

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Related Material

Hull University Archives:

U U DDCV/15/584; U U DDCV/200/5-9; U U DDCV/205/31; U U DDCV(2)/3/82; U U DDCV(2)/53/20-23; U U DDCV(2)/85/12


Scrowston, R M, A hundred years of education in Walkington 1876-1976 (1976)