Inventory of House Linen

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR7/17/2
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 bundle 93 (part).
  • Dates of Creation
      Nov 1815-1844
  • Physical Description
      32.5 x 20.5 cm, 1 vol., marbled card covers.

Scope and Content

Inventory of house linen at Dunham Massey, compiled for Lady Stamford. The inventory is divided into sections for: fine old damask table-cloths and napkins embroidered with the arms of George Booth (1675-1758), 2nd Earl of Warrington, laid down [i.e. no longer in use], dated 1695, 1698 and 1718; table linen in use; breakfast linen; Steward's Room linen; towels; best sheets; second sheets; under servants' sheets; best pillow cases; and second pillow cases.

The inventory was first compiled in November 1815, but continued in use until at least 1844. Many of the later entries and annotations are written in the hand of George Harry Grey (1765-1845), 6th Earl of Stamford. Right-hand pages contain detailed descriptions of sets of linen, included their dimensions and numbers, and there are diagrams of embroidery marks, which incorporated the monogram 'S' beneath a stylized coronet, in most cases, and the year of purchase. Left-hand pages are reserved for memoranda concerning the condition of sets, and the disposal of worn-out sets. Entries for discarded items have been struck out.

Entitled "Inventory | of the | House Linen | at | Dunham Massey | taken in November 1815. | for | Lady Stamford" in ink on the front cover.

Endorsed: "93 part" (in pencil on the front cover).

Acquisition Information

Received from Dunham Massey Hall on 29 June 1990; provenance: 2nd drawer down, chest of drawers F756 on Grey Gallery.