House Steward's / Housekeeper's Cash Books

Scope and Content

The house steward's cash books record receipts of cash and expenditure on items of household consumption and on the fabric of Dunham Massey Hall. Receipts primarily consist of cash transfers from the agent, Mr [Hugo] Worthington (Aug 1819-Jun 1839), Mr Legh Richmond (Oct 1839-Apr 1855) and Mr [William Henry] Heywood (Mar 1856-Oct 1857).

Expenditure includes: bills for cheese, game, fish, fruit, preserved ginger, soda water, turtles from Liverpool, paper, house linen, coverlets, coal, gravel, parcels and boxes, boxes from London and Enville, music on Lord Stamford's birthday, payments to the poor, gamekeeper's vermin bill, bills from the ironmonger, saddler, stonemason, bricklayer, slater, joiner, plumber, cooper, rope-maker, clock-maker, apothecary, surgeon, and payments to the schoolmistress of Little Heath Charity School. The balance due to Lord Stamford was calculated at the end of each quarter.

The accounts were returned in the names of John Poole (Aug 1819-Aug 1834), John Howe (Sep 1834-Mar 1838), and George A[nthony] Dean (Sep 1838-Dec 1846), house stewards, and Mrs [Mary] McGill (Jul 1845-Jun 1855), and Mrs Wood (Jul 1855-Oct 1857), housekeepers. The accounts were probably closed when Dunham Massey Hall was vacated by the 7th Earl of Stamford in the 1850s.

Acquisition Information

All items were received from Dunham Massey Hall on 12 September 1978; provenance: Instrument Room off the Library.