Towers Papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 33 TOW
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English ; Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 metre

Scope and Content

Deeds and papers relating to Durham City, illustrating the use and subdivisions of the ancient burgages and the finances of tradesmen. The properties concerned are between Framwellgate Bridge and the lane to Broken Walls, 36 Silver Street, 36 & 55 Sadler Street, 55-58 New Elvet & houses in North Bailey & Queen Street.

Administrative / Biographical History

Part of a solicitor’s accumulation, saved from destruction by Rev. Thomas Towers, of Ushaw Moor, when the office of Maddison's lawyers in Saddler Street, Durham was being cleared.


Arranged by property, in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited with the University of Durham Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic (from 1990 part of the University Library’s Archives and Special Collections department) by Rev. Terence Towers: 1-64 in 1973 and 64a-123, with earlier strays, in 1977.

Other Finding Aids

Towers Papers, (1977) by J.L. Drury, indexed (persons, place names and subjects) with substantial introductions, available as online catalogue at online catalogue

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 assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Related Material

Durham City Deeds and University of Durham Records, Surveyor’s Deposit: contains deeds etc. relating to similar and adjacent properties.