Estate Papers of the Kirke Family of East Markham, Nottinghamshire, 1560-1942

Scope and Content

The collection provides good coverage of the properties of the Kirke family of East Markham,Nottinghamshire from the 16th to the 20th centuries, although it lacks any substantial evidence ofrentals or any quantity of maps. The bulk of it comprises title deeds and associated papers. Theseare heavily concentrated on East Markham and East Retford, although other properties and adjacentcounties, are also listed. Miscellaneous estate papers include copies of enclosure acts for EastMarkham, Pinxton and Headon cum Upton in Nottinghamshire, and there is an account book detailing theexpenses of the Leverton enclosure in 1796-1799. A couple of printed items concern turnpike roads.Manorial records for the Soke of Dunham in the 16th and 17th century are present, including copiesof 'The custome of Dunham Soke', 1652.

The documents of title have been kept in original bundle arrangements, which sometimes includepersonal letters, genealogical items and even verses together with the legal and financial documentsconcerning properties. There is, for instance, a letter from Florence Nightingale (1856) concerningthe Scutari hospital in the Crimea. Many papers concern the Kirke, Tye and Wrench families and theirgenealogy and properties, including copies made by F.H. Wrench in 1916-1917 of the Kirke schedule ofdeeds in 1781. Personal accounts and diaries include records of Ann Kirke and Hannah Browne, and acommonplace book is present, containing accounts, medical receipts, and horticultural notes.

A small number of papers relate to militia provision and training in the early 19th century.Account books, with some rentals, are mainly from the 18th to mid-19th centuries. They include somepersonal accounts, and a record of the building accounts for Mirfield Hall, 1774-1779. Maps andplans are in general 19th-20th century, but the surveys include a few 18th century items, includingan account of the arable lands in the open fields of East Markham.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Kirke family settled in East Markham, a village in north-east Nottinghamshire where JohnKirke (1657-1710) of Anston, Yorkshire, purchased Mirfield Hall (sometimes referred to as MarkhamHall) in 1687. Mirfield Hall and its estate was in the possession of the Cartwright family from 1780until 1835 when it was repurchased by William Kirke (died 1843), the son of John Kirke (1777-1826)and great-great-grandson of the original John Kirke of Mirfield Hall.

William Kirke was succeeded in 1843 by his son, John Henry Kirke (1836-1892), a Colonel of the19th Foot regiment and Justice of the Peace of Nottinghamshire. John Henry married Flora Jones in1863 and they had four daughters. Under the terms of his father's will, John was succeeded by hissisters, Ann (1831-1920) and Harriet (d. 1928). In 1862, Ann married Dr Edward Mason Wrench(1833-1912), an army surgeon.


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

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.
  • In the Reading Room, University of Nottingham Library:Typescript Catalogue to bundle level, 76 pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London:Typescript Catalogue to bundle level, 76 pp

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and privatestudy purposes only, depending on the nature and 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 transferred the library of the University of Nottingham in 1949-50 by adescendant of the family.

Related Material

  • University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Papers of theWrench family who were related through marriage to the Kirke family. Reference code: Wr