Ground floor plan of Middleton Hall, Warwickshire, 1987

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a copy of a plan of the ground floor level of Middleton Hall near Tamworth, North Warwickshire. The survey was carried out for the Middleton Hall Trust from January to May 1985 by B.R. Flury. The plan shows the walls of buildings which existed in 1985, and the outlines of buildings which had existed in 1890 but were demolished after 1925. The copy in this collection is a copy of the third issue of the survey. The first issue was dated June 1985, the second July 1985, and the third March 1987. The third issue has additional details of old foundations, and the original was colour-coded to indicate the material of construction and the possible date (the plan is now monochrome). The location of two wells underneath the buildings has been subsequently marked in pen.

Scale: 4 feet to 1 inch (1 metre to 18.7 cm)

Administrative / Biographical History

Middleton in Warwickshire was acquired by the Willoughby family of Wollaton in Nottinghamshire in around 1435 through the marriage of Sir Hugh Willoughby (d 1448) to Margaret de Freville. It was the favoured residence of Francis Willoughby II (1588-1665) and his son Francis Willughby the naturalist (1635-1672). It has a medieval and Tudor core, including a sixteenth century Great Hall, with a large west wing added in the Georgian period. The Hall was sold by Lord Middleton in 1925 to John Averill. During the twentieth century it became dilapidated. Since 1980, the Hall has been restored and re-opened to the public for tours, exhibitions, weddings and functions, by the Middleton Hall Trust.

Arrangement

No archival arrangement has been necessary

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good

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Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 survey was acquired by the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham in November 1987.

Related Material

The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: The Family and Estate Papers of the Willoughby Family, Lords Middleton, of Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, Middleton, Warwickshire and Birdsall, Yorkshire; c.1150-c.1986 (Reference: Mi)

The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Photographs of Middleton Hall, Warwickshire; 1892 and 1908 (Reference: MS 111)