Bundles of Quarterly House, Farm and Garden Accounts

Scope and Content

Detailed accounts survive for receipts and disbursements by the farming steward, house steward, head gardener and housekeeper at Dunham Massey in 1822. The farming and house stewards presented quarterly statements of their accounts with George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford, and enclosed supporting vouchers for disbursements. The head gardener presented bundles of vouchers for expenditure by him in each quarter, while the housekeeper presented an annual statement of her account with Lord Stamford.

There are four bundles containing quarterly statements of the account of John Davenport, farming steward, with Lord Stamford, enclosed within which are supporting bills and vouchers (EGR7/12/1-4); four bundles containing quarterly statements of the account of John Poole, house steward, with Lord Stamford, with supporting vouchers (EGR7/12/5-8); four quarterly bundles of vouchers for expenditure by Joseph Pickin, head gardener (EGR7/12/9-12); and a bundle containing an annual statement of the account of Ann Calder, housekeeper, with supporting vouchers (EGR7/12/13). The information in the farming steward's accounts is replicated in the farming steward's account book EGR7/3/3 above.

The statements of account in EGR7/12/1-4 are signed by John Davenport and Lord Stamford, those in EGR7/12/5-8 by John Poole and Lord Stamford. All statements of account were examined by Lord Stamford's agent, Hugo Worthington. In the following descriptions fractions of pennies have been omitted, resulting in minor arithmetical discrepancies.

The bundles were found in a paper parcel annotated "Dunham Massey | 1822 | House, Farm | & | Garden Accts" in the hand of the 6th Earl of Stamford, and "135" (on a modern adhesive paper label); bundles EGR7/12/9-12 were tied together in an inner wrapper annotated "1822 | Vouchers | to | Garden Accts | ex[amine]d S. & W." in the hand of the 6th Earl of Stamford.

Arrangement

All items constituted original parcel '135'.

Acquisition Information

All items were received from Dunham Massey Hall on 12 September 1978.