Miscellaneous Collection of Deeds

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 418 E.3.11
  • Dates of Creation
      12th century-17th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Latin English Old French
  • Physical Description
      3 boxes, 52 files

Scope and Content

This collection includes 13 items relating to Lancashire, and 39 items relating to other counties. It includes some of the earliest documents held by Chetham's Library.


The collection is arranged into 10 series according to the counties the documents concern, along with a miscellaneous series.

Access Information

There are no restrictions on access to this collection. Viewing is by prior appointment. Please contact archivist@chethams.org.uk.

Acquisition Information

The immediate source of acquisition is unknown. It is not known how or why the collection was created. It is possible that the documents were originally part of the Mainprice Deposit at Chetham's Library. The Mainprice Deposit is a large collection of deeds and papers mainly concerning land and property in Lancashire and Cheshire. It was deposited in Chetham's Library by F. H. Mainprice of Taylor, Kirkman and Mainprice, solicitors, between October 1940 and [1946].


No further accruals are expected.


Ian McAlpine, '12th Century Royal Charter', The Manchester Genealogist, vol. 27 no. 2 (April 1991), pp. 29-30.