Salvin Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of the Salvins concerning property at Sunderland Bridge and many other places in Co. Durham, Yorkshire and London. Also concerned are Cheshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Sussex, Westmorland and briefly France and the Dutch East Indies (Curacao). The properties and marriage settlements within the collection relate to the descendants of the Anthony Salvin (d. 1709), with some earlier material.

The documents are concerned mainly with title to property, deeds, abstracts, marriage settlements, wills, receipts and papers about legacy payments and administration of estates, shares, tax, lawyers charges, legal papers and awards, opinions. There is a group of pedigrees and a set of notebooks compiled in the late nineteenth century containing genealogical information on the Salvin family. There is, however, little personal material, and no architectural papers of Anthony Salvin or scientific papers of Osbert Salvin.

Administrative / Biographical History

A cadet branch of the Salvin family of Croxdale, Co. Durham, called by Robert Surtees Salvin of Sunderland Bridge (see Surtees, The history and antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham ... (1816-40) vol. IV, pt. 2, p. 120 for pedigree) descended from Anthony Salvin (d. 1709), the eighth son of Gerard Salvin of Croxdale (d. 1663). His descendant Lieut.-General Anthony Salvin, resident in London, was the father of Anthony Salvin the architect (1799-1881), who married his cousin Ann, daughter of the Rev. William Nesfield, rector of Brancepeth (d. 1828) and sister of the architect William Andrews Nesfield. Their elder son Anthony, also an architect, predeceased his father, and their second son was Osbert Salvin F.R.S. the naturalist (1835-1898), whose eldest daughter Sybil married Edmund Calverley in 1893.


Documents in their original bundles or box order, as received. List arranged by document category and then chronologically.

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the H.M.C. with the University's Department of Palaeography and Diplomatic (from 1990 part of the University Library's Archives and Special Collections), ca. 1958.

Other Finding Aids

Before deposit these papers were listed by the National Register of Archives Salvin MSS . The copy of this list at Durham has an index only of its main place names. It is available as an online catalogue at online catalogue

Alternative Form Available

A note on the pedigree of the Salvin family (No. 156) indicates that there was another copy at Croxdale.

Separated Material

County Record Office, Durham: Salvin Papers (D/Sa), listed Rutledge, P., The Salvin papers. A handlist of the documents deposited by Captain G.M. Salvin (Durham C.R.O. 1965). This is the main deposit of Salvin of Croxdale family papers (NRA reference 10404)

Drawings and papers of Anthony Salvin (1794-1881) the architect, are widely scattered, including architectural papers at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, and diaries, journals and sketchbooks of him and his daughters at Barnet Archives and Local Studies Department, London (NRA reference 28449).

Osbert Salvin's scientific papers are primarily at the Natural History Museum, London, and Cambridge University, Department of Zoology.

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.

Custodial History

Deposited with the Historical Manuscripts Commission on 11 December 1957, listed by the National Register of Archives before or after then, when owned by Miss A.M. Calverley.

Related Material

Additional MSS: include sketchbooks by the wives of the architects Anthony Salvin senior and junior, and a few Salvin letters.

Howard of Naworth Papers: include records of architectural work by Anthony Salvin relating to Naworth castle and Farlam parsonage.