Collection of documents with local interest to Nottingham and Lincolnshire, apparently collected by Bernard B. Granger (1874-1955); 1700-1943

Scope and Content

The collection contains miscellaneous personal papers including bonds, induction mandates, marriage licences and correspondence, and a few title deeds. It also includes a diary kept in 1812 by William Booth of Kirkby Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, farmer.

Some of the documents in the collection (William Booth's diary, some documents relating to James Smith's property on Broad Street in Nottingham, and offprints from 'The Old Streets of Nottingham' by James Granger) clearly relate to Bernard Granger's family history. The remainder of the items in the collection have no clear connection with Bernard Granger, and were perhaps collected out of general interest.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernard Booth Granger (born 1874) was the younger son of James Granger (1827-1918) and his wife Marie. Bernard appears in the 1881 census, aged 6, living with his family at 25 All Saints' Street, Nottingham. He was listed as a member of the Thoroton Society of Nottingham from 1931 to 1953. He died in 1955.

Bernard's father James Granger was a founder member of the Thoroton Society and one of its Vice-Presidents, and author of "Old Nottingham: its streets, people, &c.", published in two series in 1902 and 1904. James Granger's parents were John Granger and Mary Smith, who married in 1815. Mary Smith was the daughter of James Smith (1764-1847), lay preacher at Broad Street Baptist Chapel in Nottingham. James Smith's brother-in-law was William Booth (1768-1836), farmer, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Another of the sons of John and Mary Granger was Francis Smith Granger (born 1833). His son, and therefore Bernard B. Granger's cousin, was Professor F.S. Granger (1864-1936), Professor of Classics and Philosophy at University College, Nottingham.


The collection has been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Accessible to all readers

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript catalogue, 16 pp.

Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The documents were acquired by the Library of University College, Nottingham in around 1942.

Related Material

Genealogical research of Bernard Granger into Granger family history (MS 115)

Records of Broad Street General Baptist chapel, Nottingham (Mr)

Notebook of James Smith (MS 118)

Geographical Names