Papers of the Mellish Family of Hodsock, Nottinghamshire, c.1160-1911

Scope and Content

The collection contains a number of accounts. These relate mainly to estates in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire but personal and household accounts are also present, as are some 17th century accounts reflecting the family's mercantile interests.

There are a large number of deeds dating from the 12th century to 1837, whilst manorial records for the manor of Tickhill, Yorkshire from c.1600 to 1715 are also included in the collection.

Much of the collection consists of correspondence which relates primarily to estate matters but also to business interests, family and social events and political issues. Of particular significance is a series of letters to Charles Mellish (1737-1797) which relate to the American War of Independence and include letters from General Henry Clinton.

The family's business and travel interests are reflected not only in the correspondence series but also in an interesting group of journals and travel diaries and in a series of miscellaneous papers.

Surveys, legal, printed and antiquarian papers are also present in the Collection, as is the 15th Century 'Rushall Psalter'.

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers form the core elements within the larger estate archive of the Mellish family. In subject matter and date, they complement other groups of papers in the Mellish archive, particularly that material separately catalogued as Me 2. There are many areas of overlap between these groups, which are defined as separate collections because of the date and manner of their transfer to the University. See the collection level record (Me) for details about the Mellish family and their papers.


The collection is divided into series according to form of material and arranged chronologically within sections.

Access Information

Accessible to all registered readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus:

1 Typescript Catalogue

At the National Register of Archives, London:

1 Typescript Catalogue

On the World Wide Web:

Catalogue accessible from the website for Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.

The catalogue is also available online on the national A2A (Access to Archives) website. (Please note that the catalogue of the Me D series is not complete on A2A)

Custodial History

The papers were acquired in 1947.

Geographical Names