Papers relating to the Kingsbury family of Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire,1887-1991

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Day book for Keyworth Hill Farm and Church Farm, Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire made by HenryKingsbury and his son Arthur. The book gives details of payments and farming activities. 1911-1947(MS 607/1);
  • Printed sale catalogues relating to Church Farm, Thrumpton and a manuscript sale book. 1931-1947(MS 607/2);
  • Cuttings from Nottinghamshire deanery magazines and newspapers relating to activities of theKingsbury family of Thrumpton. 1884-1948 (MS 607/3);
  • Photographs of Thrumpton, people involved with the village, and members of the Kingsbury andTowers families. Undated, c.1900-1987 (MS 607/4);
  • Word-processed manuscript about farming and village life by Philip Kingsbury entitled 'Thrumptonvillage, Nottinghamshire in the 1930s'. 1991 (MS 607/5);
  • Printed picture postcards depicting views of Nottinghamshire in general and Thrumpton inparticular. Other postcards appear amongst the correspondence series. Undated, c. 1900-1945 (MS607/6);
  • Correspondence to Arthur Kingsbury and his wife. 1906-1965 (MS 607/7);
  • Other items comprise: apprenticeship indenture of Henry Kingsley, 1877; manuscript song lyricsentitled 'Bob and his Bus', undated; Easter Day card for All Saints' Church, Thrumpton, 1931;Thrumpton Cricket Club card, 1938; clothing book for Isobel Towers, 1946; and invitation cards,undated (MS 607/8-13).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Kingsbury family was associated with Thrumpton, a small village in Nottinghamshire, from theearly 1900s to the late 1940s. Henry Kingsbury (1860-1941), the son of a farm labourer of IwerneMinster, Devon, moved to the Yorkshire woollen mills to find work in 1870. In 1877, he becameapprenticed to a baker in Kegworth, Leicestershire before setting up his own bakery in Ruddington,Nottinghamshire. He sold the bakery in 1901 and took up farming. He first took Kegworth Hill Farmbut moved to Church Farm, Thrumpton in 1931. Henry married Elizabeth Towers whose family had been inThrumpton since at least 1822. Their son, Arthur (died 1971) took over Church Farm on the death ofHenry and continued to work it until its sale in 1947. Philip Kingsbury (born 1926), who compiledthis collection, was the son of Arthur Kingsbury.


The collection has been divided by document type into 13 series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically where possible.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: 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 advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in 1991.