Fortnightly Wages Account Sheets

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  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR14/60
  • Dates of Creation
      1883-1917
  • Physical Description
      59 items. Condition: many bundles have been affected by dampness and mould growth, resulting in decay and weakening of papers. Those particularly affected are: EGR14/60/3-5, /9, /12, /13, /16, /17, /21, /24, /29, /42, /43, /53, /55, /56 & /58.

Scope and Content

The account sheets record the wages paid to each member of the estate staff during a fortnightly period, apportioning the expenditure among various accounts according to the nature of the work performed. For each employee the following information is presented in tabular format, under pre-printed headings: the name of the employee, the number of days worked, the daily rate of pay, the total amount earned, and the apportionment of the wages among accounts such as estate expenses, game and covers, gardens, Hall, park, estate repairs, roads and building land, horses and carters, and river banks. The total wage bill for each account and the overall wage bill are calculated at the bottom of the sheet.

The earliest wages account sheets were entirely hand-written. From 1891 the column headings, columns rules and names of estate staff were pre-printed by the diazo process; from July 1896 they were letterpress printed. From January 1906 the wages account sheets were annotated with the folio numbers of the corresponding entries in the cash account books (EGR14/25 above). In October 1911 the wages account sheets changed to a larger format, and an even larger double-foolscap format was adopted in November 1917.

Enclosed within each fortnightly wages account sheet for the period 1885 to 1894 (EGR14/60/5-21) are between eight and twelve small slips of paper which record the time spent by a single estate worker in performing particular activities. The slips were found pinned together inside the account sheets. In 1894 these slips were replaced by weekly time sheets which record in tabular format the work undertaken by every estate worker on each day of the week. The time sheets were pre-printed by the diazo process, with the employees' names and ruled columns for the days of the week and total number of days worked. From March 1896 the weekly time sheets were replaced by daily time sheets. These were found pinned together inside the fortnightly wages account sheets. After June 1896 the daily time sheets were stored separately (see EGR14/61 below), although the account sheets continued to include small sheets of paper containing summaries of the wages accounts. The wages account sheets for July to December 1905 and January to June 1906 were found with the fortnightly time sheets for the corresponding periods (see EGR14/61/22 & /23 below). Some fortnightly wages account sheets also contain accounts for wages paid on the Permanent Improvements Account.

The wages account sheets and accompanying time sheets provide information on the wages of estate staff, the duties they performed, and the number of employees. In the 1880s the estate employed a dozen workers. On the eve of the First World War the number of staff had grown to thirty, but by the end of 1917 they had been reduced to about twenty.

  • /1: (13 sheets), Jul-Dec 1883
  • /2: (26 sheets), Jan-Jun 1884
  • /3: (30 sheets), Jul-Dec 1884
  • /4: (24 sheets), Jan-Jun 1885
  • /5: (138 sheets), Jul-Dec 1885
  • /6: (135 sheets), Jan-Jun 1886
  • /7: (158 sheets), Jan-Jun 1887
  • /8: (24 sheets), Jul-Aug 1887
  • /9: (117 sheets), Jan-Jun 1888
  • /10: (23 sheets), Jul-Sep 1888
  • /11: (116 sheets), Jan-Jun 1889
  • /12: (113 sheets), Jul-Dec 1889
  • /13: (99 sheets), Jan-Jun 1890
  • /14: (103 sheets), Jul-Dec 1890
  • /15: (112 sheets), Jan-Jun 1891
  • /16: (102 sheets), Jul-Dec 1891
  • /17: (141 sheets), Jan-Jun 1892
  • /18: (113 sheets), Jul-Dec 1892
  • /19: (111 sheets), Jan-Jun 1893
  • /20: (123 sheets), Jul-Dec 1893
  • /21: (96 sheets), Jan-Jun 1894
  • /22: (39 sheets), Jul-Dec 1894
  • /23: (40 sheets), Jan-Jun 1895
  • /24: (39 sheets), Jul-Dec 1895
  • /25: (124 sheets), Jan-Jun 1896
  • /26: (16 sheets), Jul-Dec 1896
  • /27: (17 sheets), Jan-Jun 1897
  • /28: (25 sheets), Jul-Dec 1897
  • /29: (22 sheets), Jan-Jun 1898
  • /30: (27 sheets), Jul-Dec 1898
  • /31: (24 sheets), Jan-Jun 1899
  • /32: (29 sheets), Jul-Dec 1899
  • /33: (18 sheets), Jan-Jun 1900
  • /34: (1 sheet), July 1900
  • /35: (26 sheets), Jan-Dec 1900
  • /36: (15 sheets), Jan-Jun 1901
  • /37: (15 sheets), Jul-Dec 1901
  • /38: (21 sheets), Jan-Jun 1902
  • /39: (16 sheets), Jul-Dec 1902
  • /40: (26 sheets), Jan-Dec 1902
  • /41: (22 sheets), Jan-Jun 1903
  • /42: (37 sheets), Jan-Dec 1903
  • /43: (27 sheets), Jan-Jun 1904
  • /44: (2 sheets), July 1904
  • /45: (30 sheets), Jan-Jun 1905
  • /46: (26 sheets), Jul-Dec 1906
  • /47: (81 sheets), Jan-Dec 1907
  • /48: (53 sheets), Jan-Dec 1908
  • /49: (56 sheets), Jan-Dec 1909
  • /50: (66 sheets), Dec 1909-Dec 1910
  • /51: (35 sheets), Jan-Dec 1911
  • /52: (42 sheets), Jan-Dec 1912
  • /53: (27 sheets), Jan-Dec 1913
  • /54: (34 sheets), Jan-Dec 1914
  • /55: (35 sheets), Jan-Dec 1915
  • /56: (34 sheets), Jan-Dec 1916
  • /57: (27 sheets), Jan-Dec 1916
  • /58: (22 sheets), Jan-Oct 1917
  • /59: (20 sheets), Nov-Dec 1917

Acquisition Information

The bundles of wages account sheets were received from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham in six separate accessions: EGR14/60/8, /10, /15, /18, /29, /31-34, /38, /44 & /57 in April 1981; EGR14/60/5, /12, /25, /27, /45, /52, /56 & /58 on 14 November 1990; EGR14/60/7, /11, /14, /19, /20, /23, /35, /39, /40, /43, /46, /47, /49 & /53-55 on 31 January 1991; EGR14/60/48 on 24 January 1992; EGR14/60/59 on 24 November 1994; and the remaining bundles on 21 February 1991.