Two boxes of deeds and miscellaneous legal and family papers, chiefly referring to the Love, Pearson, Ferens and Marshall families of Durham City and County Durham, ca.1836-1920. These families were inter-related by marriage and were prominent in the business, industrial and professional life of Durham City and the surrounding area.
The deeds and related papers illustrate in particular the importance of Joseph Love (1796-1875) and Robinson Ferens (died 1892) as colliery owners and property developers in the neighbourhood of Brancepeth, Bedburn, Willington, Inkerman and Shincliffe, all in County Durham. The collection also includes family papers, mainly relating to the Pearson, Love and Ferens families, and some papers concerning the business affairs of John Edwin Marshall (died 1868), a Durham City solicitor.
The contents of the collection are arranged in the following groups of material:
- SGD 51/1-28:- Deeds re Brancepeth colliery and Beechburn colliery in North Bedburn township, County Durham, and a Methodist New Connexion chapel in Monkwearmouth, County Durham, and Pearson, Love and Ferens family deeds, wills, correspondence and papers, ca.1846-1876.
- SGD 51/29-56:- Deeds re Coxhoe, West Parks in Brancepeth parish, Willington, Cornsay Fell and the Inkerman colliery, and Shincliffe, all in County Durham, ca.1836-1875.
- SGD 51/57-83:- Love and Ferens family deeds, papers, wills and other probate material, ca.1880-1920.
- SGD 51/84-104:- Marshall business papers, Marshall and Ferens family papers, and deeds relating to Durham City and to Hartlepool and Harton, County Durham, ca.1854-1896.
- SGD51/105-107:- Papers of Colonel H. Lawson, 1910.