Survey of Lancashire Estates Belonging to Edward Chetham of Castleton

Scope and Content

The volume is entitled A Survey of the Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments in the County of Lancaster, late belonging to Edward Chetham of Castleton, Esq., deceased, taken in the year 1770. This concerns property and tenants in Salford, Pendlebury, Broughton, Kersall, Chetham, Crumsal, Spotland, Newton, Droylsden, Failsworth, Manchester, Turton and Moston. There is the following note on folio 35v: The Estimate of the within Estates made in the year 1770 and compleated on the 15th Day of September by us - R. Lang, John Taylor, Thomas Smedley. The survey was almost certainly made for the executors of Edward Chetham.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Chetham (c 1689-1769) was born in Manchester, the son of Edward Chetham. He was educated at Manchester School and at Sidney College, Cambridge, where he was admitted as a pensioner (the second rank of student) in September 1707. He went to Gray's Inn in May 1709 and later became a barrister at law.

When Samuel Chetham of Castleton, High Sheriff of Lancashire, died in 1745, he left a widow and a brother, Humphrey Chetham of London (1680-1749), who was his heir and administrator. On the death of Humphrey in 1749, Edward Chetham, who may have been another brother, was his sole surviving executor, and probably his heir. From 1749 Edward became known as Edward Chetham of Castleton, Esquire, and in July 1750 he resigned from the Deputy Stewardship of Macclesfield Courts. Edward Chetham died sometime between 9 February and 15 March 1769. In 1773 his Law Library, along with the library of Humphrey Chetham, were sold by L. Davis.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library from the bookseller G.H. Last of Bromley, Kent, in June 1932 (Catalogue 179).


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan and Jo Humpleby, project archivists.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928-35 (English MS 704).

Related Material

Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service holds a transcript of this item within the Walch Papers (ref.: GB 125 ZWL/54).

The Clowes Deeds held by the JRUL contain a number of deeds and papers (including business letters, legal papers, bills, accounts and inventories) relating to Edward Chetham of Castleton (ref.: GB 133 CLD/51-127): see online catalogue at