A small collection of letters and papers to and from the Wyatt family. The records include: fragments of John's diary, 1734-1740; deeds including marriage bonds, releases, agreements, accounts and receipts, notes, verses, 1710-1849; correspondence between various members of the Wyatt family, 1710-1891.
The Wyatt Papers
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 150 WP
- Dates of Creation1710-1891
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description95 items
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Wyatt (1700-1766), inventor. Son of John Wyatt and Jane (ne Jackson) of Thickbroom, Weeford near Lichfield and one of eight children. He worked as a carpenter at Thickbroom and came to Birmingham, c1830 His inventions included a spinning machine which was exploited with some success at Birmingham, c 1738; and a compound-lever weighing machine, for weighing loaded wagons, c 1744. He worked for Messrs Boulton and Watt at their Soho Foundry. He married twice and had two sons and four daughters by his second wife, Marabella (ne Craven): Charles (who married Jane, daughter of Benjamin Wyatt of Blackbrook); John (who married Sarah Reeves and also worked for Messrs Boulton & Watt as a foreman at the Soho Foundry); Cordelia Ann, (1749-1809 who married Thomas Dobbs in 1770; their eldest daughter, also Cordelia, 1771-1846 married John Southern in 1793. John Southern, d 1815, was manager of the Soho Foundry); Clarissa (who married Thomas Carter); Sophia; Emily (who married Edward Jee of Liverpool).
Reference: Pedigrees and notes in the collection; Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press).
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Conditions Governing Access
Open. Access to all registered researchers.
This collection was purchased in 1980.
Other Finding Aids
A paper catalogue to file and item level is available in the Special Collections Department and at the National Register of Archives in London.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Further deposits are not expected.