Gibson maps, plans & volumes

Scope and Content

The large-scale maps and plans are of properties in the areas of Ryton, Chopwell, Stella and Winlaton, Co. Durham, many surveyed by the Bell family of surveyors. They are dated between 1775 & 1870 with many undated, most are of the early19th century.

3 volumes, mainly of precedents, proceedings, forms, depositions, fees and items relating to courts ca.1569-1733 mainly in the north of England: - Vice Admiralty Courts at Newcastle, York and elsewhere; Durham Consistory Court; the Archbishop ofYork's spiritual courts; Durham Chancery Court and Courts of Pleas & Assizes; the High Court & Exchequer, Westminster; depositions 1677-78 in Durham Chancery Court.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Clayton and Gibson, soliticitors, of Newcastle upon Tyne was formed in 1877. This continued under that name until 1972, when it became Wilkinson, Marshall, Clayton and Gibson, uniting the business with Wilkinson, Marshall and Companywith whom it had merged in 1951. The Bell family were noted surveyors in the region, based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Reflects the original arrangement of the plans in paper folders at donation.

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Given to the Department of Palaeography & Diplomatic, 3 November 1960 by Sir William Gibson of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Other Finding Aids

Online catalogue available at online catalogue.

Separated Material

Durham County Record Office, Tyne & Wear Archives Service and Northumberland Record Office all received deposits from the firm of Clayton & Gibson in 1972 relating to the geographic area each repository covered.

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

Clayton & Gibson Papers (from same firm, but primarily relating to their administration of the local estates of the Marquesses of Bute).