Bundles of Estate Vouchers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR14/55
  • Dates of Creation
      1883-1939
  • Physical Description
      129 items. Condition: bundles EGR14/55/1-3, /7, /10, /11-13, /19, /81-83 & /105 have been affected by dampness and mould growth, causing weakening and decay of paper; EGR14/55/2-3 & /19 are particularly badly affected.

Scope and Content

The series contains bundles of vouchers for expenditure on the Cheshire Estates. The vast number of vouchers records in exhaustive detail all estate expenditure over fifty-five years. However, the quantity of material is daunting and information on expenditure is more readily accessible in the cash books and cash abstracts (EGR14/25 & EGR14/26 above).

Vouchers include demands and receipts for the payment of income tax, land tax, poor rates, general district rates, tithe rent charges and water charges; accounts for the payment of chief rents on properties rented by the Earls of Stamford; accounts for the payment of annuities and interest on loans; accounts for the payment of insurance premiums on Dunham Massey Hall and estate property; solicitor's accounts for legal costs; receipts for subscriptions and donations to churches, schools, charities and societies; accounts for repairs and improvements to estate property, including tradesmen's bills from builders, bricklayers, slaters, joiners, glaziers, plumbers, painters and decorators, and invoices for purchases of materials such as stone, bricks, sand and cement, slates, timber, paint, iron goods, tools and equipment; bills for the supply of coal, gas, electricity, oil and paraffin; bills for the carriage of goods; invoices for purchases of fodder and straw for the stables, and bills from farriers and veterinary surgeons for attending upon horses; accounts of wages and salaries paid to estate staff; accounts of office expenses including bills for postage, telegrams, telephones, stationery, travelling expenses, printing and advertising, and minor disbursements; receipts for payments out of the estate to the 9th and 10th Earls of Stamford, Penelope Countess of Stamford, and Lady Jane Grey.

In the period between 1883 and 1905, when the Cheshire Estates were held by the trustees appointed under the will of the 7th Earl of Stamford, the vouchers for a particular year were each folded, labelled on the outside and numbered sequentially in red ink for auditing purposes, and enclosed within brown paper wrappers. Frequently several related vouchers, such as invoices from a single creditor, were pinned or clipped together and then folded over. From 1905 until 1910, when the Estates were held by the 9th Earl of Stamford, the vouchers for each month's expenditure were tied up in separate bundles, with paper labels or wrappers. Each voucher is annotated with the name of the account to which it was chargeable (for the names of the accounts see cash abstract EGR14/26/3 above).

On the death of the 9th Earl in 1910 the Estates were again held in trust, and the earlier practice of numbering the vouchers and enclosing them in year bundles was resumed. After 1917, when the Stamford Trustees relinquished their title in favour of the 10th Earl of Stamford, the vouchers within each bundle were no longer numbered, but continued to be folded up and labelled. From 1930 onwards the vouchers were simple left flat and wrapped in brown paper parcels.

Due to the large number of vouchers in each bundle it was not possible to describe them individually. Where several related vouchers were pinned together and folded up as an assemblage they have been treated as a single piece. The numbers in the descriptions of EGR14/55/1-23 & /92-107 below refer to the audit numbers written in ink on the back of each folded voucher or assemblage of vouchers. In the case of EGR14/55/24-91 & /108-119, in which the vouchers are not numbered, the stated number of pieces refers to the number of folded vouchers or assemblages of vouchers, not to the number of separate sheets of paper. EGR14/55/120-129 each contain well over a thousand flat sheets of paper, which were deemed impractical to count individually.

  • /1: nos. 1-475, 1883
  • /2: nos. 1-c.800, 1884
  • /3: nos. 1-628, 1885
  • /4: nos. 1-582, 1886
  • /5: nos. 1-634, 1887
  • /6: nos. 1-500, 1888
  • /7: nos. 1-350, 1889
  • /8: nos. 1-340, 1890
  • /9: nos. 1-330, 1891
  • /10: nos. 1-424, 1892
  • /11: nos. 1-424, 1893
  • /12: nos. 1-431, 1894
  • /13: nos. 1-450, 1895
  • /14: nos. 1-570, 1896
  • /15: nos. 1-603, 1897
  • /16: nos. 1-649, 1898
  • /17: nos. 1-593, 1899
  • /18: nos. 1-597, 1900
  • /19: nos. 1-611, 1901
  • /20: nos. 1-574, 1902
  • /21: nos. 1-608, 1903
  • /22: nos. 1-693, 1904
  • /23: nos. 1-168, Jan-Mar 1905
  • /24: 10 pieces, Apr 1905
  • /25: 28 pieces, May 1905
  • /26: 35 pieces, Jun 1905
  • /27: 42 pieces, Jul 1905
  • /28: 25 pieces, Aug 1905
  • /29: 23 pieces, Sep 1905
  • /30: 42 pieces, Oct 1905
  • /31: 48 pieces, Nov 1905
  • /32: 37 pieces, Dec 1905
  • /33: 56 pieces, Jan 1906
  • /34: 42 pieces, Feb 1906
  • /35: 42 pieces, Mar 1906
  • /36: 36 pieces, Apr 1906
  • /37: 42 pieces, May 1906
  • /38: 35 pieces, Jun 1906
  • /39: 46 pieces, Jul 1906
  • /40: 43 pieces, Aug 1906
  • /41: 36 pieces, Sep 1906
  • /42: 57 pieces, Oct 1906
  • /43: 54 pieces, Nov 1906
  • /44: 40 pieces, Dec 1906
  • /45: 55 pieces, Jan 1907
  • /46: 42 pieces, Feb 1907
  • /47: 44 pieces, Mar 1907
  • /48: 53 pieces, Apr 1907
  • /49: 40 pieces, May 1907
  • /50: 44 pieces, Jun 1907
  • /51: 61 pieces, Jul 1907
  • /52: 23 pieces, Aug 1907
  • /53: 34 pieces, Sep 1907
  • /54: 87 pieces, Oct 1907
  • /55: 92 pieces, Nov 1907
  • /56: 49 pieces, Dec 1907
  • /57: 69 pieces, Jan 1908
  • /58: 44 pieces, Feb 1908
  • /59: 29 pieces, Mar 1908
  • /60: 90 pieces, Apr 1908
  • /61: 33 pieces, May 1908
  • /62: 57 pieces, Jun 1908
  • /63: 66 pieces, Jul 1908
  • /64: 40 pieces, Aug 1908
  • /65: 28 pieces, Sep 1908
  • /66: 72 pieces, Oct 1908
  • /67: 83 pieces, Nov 1908
  • /68: 60 pieces, Dec 1908
  • /69: 90 pieces, Jan 1909
  • /70: 21 pieces, Feb 1909
  • /71: 44 pieces, Mar 1909
  • /72: 54 pieces, Apr 1909
  • /73: 46 pieces, May 1909
  • /74: 66 pieces, Jun 1909
  • /75: 53 pieces, Jul 1909
  • /76: 30 pieces, Aug 1909
  • /77: 27 pieces, Sep 1909
  • /78: 60 pieces, Oct 1909
  • /79: 157 pieces, Nov 1909
  • /80: 150 pieces, Dec 1909
  • /81: 33 pieces, Jan 1910
  • /82: 36 pieces, Feb 1910
  • /83: 41 pieces, Mar 1910
  • /84: 56 pieces, Apr 1910
  • /85: 23 pieces, May 1910
  • /86: 1 piece, Jun 1910
  • /87: 36 pieces, Jul 1910
  • /88: 22 pieces, Aug 1910
  • /89: 36 pieces, Sep 1910
  • /90: 3 pieces, Oct & Nov 1910
  • /91: 21 pieces, Dec 1910
  • /92: nos. 1-309, Jun-Dec 1910
  • /93: nos. 1-400, 1911
  • /94: nos. 401-576, 1911
  • /95: nos. 1-199, 1912
  • /96: nos. 201-401, 1912
  • /97: nos. 402-614, 1912
  • /98: nos. 1-180, 1913
  • /99: nos. 182-421, 1913
  • /100: nos. 422-580, 1913
  • /101: nos. 1-150, 1914
  • /102: nos. 151-300, 1914
  • /103: nos. 301-512, 1914
  • /104: nos. 1-200, 1915
  • /105: nos. 201-560, 1915
  • /106: nos. 1-478, 1916
  • /107: nos. 1-443, 1917
  • /108: 320 pieces, 1918
  • /109: 358 pieces, 1919
  • /110: 366 pieces, 1920
  • /111: 321 pieces, 1921
  • /112: 329 pieces, 1922
  • /113: 352 pieces, 1923
  • /114: 336 pieces, 1924
  • /115: 304 pieces, 1925
  • /116: 295 pieces, 1926
  • /117: 287 pieces, 1927
  • /118: 267 pieces, 1928
  • /119: 314 pieces, 1929
  • /120: 1930
  • /121: 1931
  • /122: 1932
  • /123: 1933
  • /124: 1934
  • /125: 1935
  • /126: 1936
  • /127: 1937
  • /128: 1938
  • /129: 1939

Access Information

EGR14/55/2-3 & EGR14/55/19 cannot be made available to researchers due to their poor physical condition.

Acquisition Information

The items in EGR14/55 were received from the Stamford Estate Office in Altrincham in several accessions: items EGR14/55/101, /103 & /106-129 in April 1981; items EGR14/55/4, /9, /14-18, /20-44, /81-92, /95-100, /102 & /104-105 on 31 January 1991; items EGR14/55/2-3, /5-7, /10, /12, /45-69, /71-74, /76 & /79-80 on 21 February 1991; and items EGR14/55/1, /8, /11, /13, /19, /70, /75, /77-78 & /93-94 on 24 January 1992.