Deeds and other documents relating to the estate of Hammerton in the parish of Slaidburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The Hammerton Deeds and Papers
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Administrative / Biographical History
Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653) of Crumpsall, Manchester, left an estate estimated to be worth £15,139. In his will of 1651 he left £7,000 to found a school for the education of 40 poor boys, £1,000 to establish a library (now known as Chetham's Library), and he made provision for the creation of five parochial libraries.
Humphrey Chetham died on 20 September 1653, but it was not until 21 May 1657 that his Executors and Feoffees agreed that £1,000 should be 'with all possible and convenient speed, bestowed on such books as may be judged useful for the Library, and that the remainder of the Estate due to the Library be forthwith, and as soon as may be, bestowed on lands to be and remain for a revenue for the said Library'. The decision was confirmed on 12 August 1657, when it was stipulated the £1,000 should be spent in 'procuring and purchasing lands or rents for an Estate of which the Annual Revenue is to be bestowed for the buying of books and other charges belonging to the Library', that Estate to be purchased in the name of the Executors and Feoffees. The transfer of the Hammerton Estate in the parish of Slaidburn, West Riding of Yorkshire, to the Feoffees of Chetham's Hospital and Library was completed by a deed dated 15 March 1661 (see E.2.9 Bdl 7 Deed No. 19), at a cost of £2,556. The income from these lands was expected to be about £126 per annum, and was to be 'settled for a revenue on the Library'.
The Hammerton Estates comprised three farms covering approximately 700 acres, farmed separately at different rents.
The lands at Hammerton were sold by the Feoffees of Chetham's Hospital and Library in 1946-7 for £8,500.
Although Slaidburn village and civil parish were historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire, they are now within Lancashire.
See J.S. Roskell, 'An account of the relations between Chetham's Hospital and the Library, with special reference to finance', (unpublished, 1981); Minute Books of the Feoffees of Chetham's Hospital and Library.
The collection is arranged into 2 series: Deeds relating to Hammerton, Holehouse and Raingill Estates and land in the Forest of Bowland and Deeds relating to Stephen Moor.
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Received from Taylor, Kirkman and Mainprice, solicitors, in 1953.
No further accruals are expected.