Estate Staff Time Sheets

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR14/61
  • Dates of Creation
      1883-1917
  • Physical Description
      35 items. Condition: several bundles have been affected by dampness and mould growth, resulting in decay and weakening of papers. Those particularly affected are: EGR14/61/1-3, /8 & /15.

Scope and Content

The series contains bundles of daily and fortnightly time sheets for estate staff. The time sheets provide detailed information on the duties of estate staff, the daily activities on the estate, and the fluctuating number of employees. They were compiled by the estate foreman (from May 1900 onwards Robert E[dward] Morris).

Prior to July 1896 most time sheets were found enclosed within the fortnightly wages account sheets (see EGR14/60 above). The earliest bundles (EGR14/61/1-2) consist of small slips of paper which record the time spent by a single estate worker in performing particular activities. The slips of paper were replaced by weekly time sheets in 1894, which in turn were succeeded by daily time sheets in March 1896.

Each daily time sheet consists of a pre-printed folio sheet of paper, down the left-hand side of which are printed the names and trades of all the staff. Columns are provided for entering by hand the location where each employee was working, and a description of his work. The twelve sheets for each fortnight (Sundays were not included) were pinned or stitched together and folded over.

The daily time sheets were replaced by fortnightly time sheets in May 1903. The names are staff are printed down the left-hand side of each double-foolscap sheet, arranged under headings for joiners, bricklayers etc., and labourers. Twelve columns are provided for recording the daily activities of each employee during the fortnight, beginning on a Friday, and another column for recording the total number of days worked. Within the fortnightly time sheets are numerous enclosures, such as doctors' sick-notes, daily time sheets and small sheets of paper containing notes on staff time.

The time sheets were generally found tied in bundles for six- or twelve-month periods. Bundles EGR14/61/22 & /23 also contain the wages account sheets for July to December 1905 and January to June 1906.

  • /1: (56 sheets), Jan-Oct 1883
  • /2: (74 sheets), Feb-Dec 1885
  • /3: (163 sheets), Jul-Dec 1886
  • /4: (168 sheets), Jul-Dec 1896
  • /5: (159 sheets), Jan-Jun 1897
  • /6: (157 sheets), Jul-Dec 1897
  • /7: (157 sheets), Jan-Jun 1898
  • /8: (156 sheets), Jul-Dec 1898
  • /9: (23 sheets), Feb-Apr 1899
  • /10: (156 sheets), Jul-Dec 1899
  • /11: (163 sheets), Jan-Jun 1900
  • /12: (156 sheets), Jul-Dec 1900
  • /13: (159 sheets), Jan-Jun 1901
  • /14: (12 sheets), Nov 1901
  • /15: (156 sheets), Jan-Jun 1902
  • /16: (156 sheets), Jul-Dec 1902
  • /17: (123 sheets), Jan-Jun 1903
  • /18: (15 sheets), Jul-Dec 1903
  • /19: (14 sheets), Jan-Jun 1904
  • /20: (1 sheet), Jul 1904
  • /21: (21 sheets), Jan-Jun 1905
  • /22: (46 sheets), Jul-Dec 1905
  • /23: (43 sheets), Jan-Jun 1906
  • /24: (17 sheets), Jul-Dec 1906
  • /25: (36 sheets), Jan-Dec 1907
  • /26: (37 sheets), Jan-Dec 1908
  • /27: (62 sheets), Jan-Dec 1909
  • /28: (73 sheets), Jan-Dec 1910
  • /29: (91 sheets), Jan-Dec 1911
  • /30: (69 sheets), Jan-Dec 1912
  • /31: (79 sheets), Jan-Dec 1913
  • /32: (57 sheets), Jan-Dec 1914
  • /33: (53 sheets), Jan-Dec 1915
  • /34: (54 sheets), Jan-Dec 1916
  • /35: (32 sheets), Jan-Oct 1917

Access Information

EGR14/61/2-3, /8 & /15 cannot be made available to researchers due to their poor physical condition.

Acquisition Information

The bundles of staff time sheets were received from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham in five separate accessions: EGR14/61/1, /4, /9-10, /14 & /20 in April 1981; EGR14/61/5-7, /11, /16, /21-24, /30 & /34-35 on 14 November 1990; EGR14/61/2, /8, /12, /17, /25, /27 & /31-33 on 31 January 1991; EGR14/61/3, /13, /15, /18-19 & /28-29 on 2 February 1991; and EGR14/61/26 on 24 January 1992.