Survey of Laxton, Nottinghamshire, and other estates in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire managed by the Agricultural Land Commission, 1948-1953

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one item:

Hard-backed loose-leaf folder containing survey sheets from Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) files; the principal sheets are Form ALC 9, giving the name of the estate, the county, the name of the holding, the parish, the name and address of the tenant, the acreage, the rent, the date of commencement of original tenancy, details of outgoings including taxes and rates, details of acquisition of the estate and date of transfer to the Agricultural Land Commission, details of the extent of the holding including descriptions of rooms in the main house and outbuildings, details of equipment on the holding, and remarks on the condition of the property including provision of piped water, electricity, and sanitation. A few other sheets give details of expenditure on the holdings.

The bulk of the folder is made up of Form ALC 9 and original handwritten survey sheets relating to the Laxton estate, Nottinghamshire (reference ALC 394/1 - ALC 394/22/3), transferred to the Agricultural Land Commission on 28 Feb 1952.

The folder also contains sheets for holdings acquired by the ALC in the following places:

Ossington Airfield, Nottinghamshire (transferred 17 Jan 1953)

Bretton estate, Foolow, Derbyshire (transferred 30 Sep 1952)

Lound Common estate, Lound and Sutton, Nottinghamshire (transferred 1 Apr 1951)

Gladwin's Mark quarry, Ashover, Derbyshire (transferred 1 Apr 1951)

Archer's Barn Farm, Castle Gresley, Derbyshire (transferred 19 May 1952)

Blidworth, Nottinghamshire (transferred 21 Dec 1952)

Upper Hurst Farm, Outseats, Hathersage, Derbyshire (transferred 7 Mar 1953)

Hope Woodlands estate, Derbyshire (transferred 29 Sep 1948)

Administrative / Biographical History

Laxton in Nottinghamshire is famous for being the last English village to operate the open field system of farming. The Earls Manvers managed the Manor of Laxton until 1952 when Gervas Evelyn Pierrepont, 6th Earl Manvers, sold the Laxton estate to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Farmland owned by the Ministry was managed between 1947 and 1963 by the Agricultural Land Commission. The Laxton estate has been in the hands of the Crown Estate Commissioners since 1981.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The survey was acquired by the Department of Manuscripts, The University of Nottingham, in 1989.

Related Material

Manvers collection, Manuscripts and Special Collections (reference: Ma)

The National Archives (TNA) holds Agricultural Land Commission (ALC Series) Registered Files, reference MAF 245