Grindon Deeds

Scope and Content

Deeds, copy deeds (the earliest of which in translation) and papers relating to estates and royalties at Grindon and Silksworth, and Sheriff Hill (also known as Gateshead Park Moor, or Ellison Main Colliery) on Gateshead Moor, Co. Durham, withwayleaves, staithes etc., and to premises at Horton Grange and Spital and Backworth Colliery, Earsdon in Northumberland, in the same ownership, 1313-1940. Latterly, the Waldie-Griffith family of Hendersyde, Kelso, Scotland were owners, and fromwhose representatives this collection probably originated following the death of Lady Alice Waldie-Griffith in July 1955. The title to Silksworth is traced from the 11th century in two large volumes. The collection includes a bundle of sketch mapsrelating to farms and coal royalties. Other families associated with the above properties: Buddle, Clavering, Collingwood, Ettricke, Hutchinson, Johnson, Lamb, Maddison, Middleton, Ormston, Robinson, Vane-Tempest, Watson.

Administrative / Biographical History

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The collection is arranged in eight series, the first comprising 2 volumes, the remainder in bundles (now envelopes).

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the University of Durham's Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic (from 1990 part of the University Library's Archives and Special Collections department) in 1957 by P.J. King of Northamptonshire Record Office, acting forNorthamptonshire Records Committee.

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assistwhere possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

Durham Cathedral Muniments: Estate Papers. Release by George Middleton to Dean Sudbury of the manor of Silksworth, 1680 (DCD/K/LP1/96).

Miscellaneous Charters. Records relating to Silksworth manor, 14th-century (Misc.Ch. 6262, 6378-9).

Palatinate of Durham Records: Records of parties to GRI deeds, in land transactions in Silksworth manor, 1694-1794.

Rivington School Papers: Papers in the case of Rivington School v. George Middleton, Anne Booth (later Lionel and Anne Maddison), Isabel Booth and others, concerning a rent charge of £6 13s 4d laid on lands in Silksworth, 1638-1802(RIV/33-84).

Location of Originals

Durham Cathedral Muniments: Silksworth Deeds (Silksw.). Collection of original deeds relating to the manor and estate of Silksworth, donated to the Dean and Chapter by Canon Professor S.L. Greenslade, the abstracts of which deeds are bound withinGRI 1/1-2. Items are cross-referenced by numbers in red ink marked on both series.