Scope and Content

Consists of a diary entitled 'Young Mr Peter Pownall's Farm Diary', the entries cease on 1789; thereafter the diary becomes an account book, giving entries for harvest labour 1796-1810, receipts and expenditure 1806-1808 and sales of farm produce 1799-1815 1782-1815

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Pownall, keeper of the diary and accounts described, belonged to a well-known Cheshire family. He appears to have owned land in several parts of the county, and undertook a wide range of agricultural activities including market gardening, dairying and stockraising. He was probably related to Thomas Pownall (1722-1805), politician and antiquary and sometime Governor of Massachusetts, the farm was owner-occupier

Access Information

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1957 November from R.C. Hatchwell (Acc no 146)

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

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