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Leycester of Toft Muniments

Date range: 13th-19th centuries.

Muniments of the Leycester family of Toft near Knutsford, Cheshire, and the related Gerard family of Crewood in Kingsley, Cheshire.

The muniments of title relate chiefly to estates in Cheshire (especially Acton, Chester, Chorley, Cotton Abbotts, Crowton, Kingsley, Knutsford, Mobberley, Northwich, Over Peover, Plumley, Toft and Woodford), with smaller numbers relating to properties in Berkshire (Cookham), Lancashire (Manchester, Speke and Whittle-le-Woods), Lincolnshire (Sotby and Bleasby), Staffordshire (Colwich and Leek) and Flintshire (Hawarden).

They include 900 medieval charters, 17th- and 18th-century manorial court records, estate correspondence and papers.

There is extensive family correspondence ranging from the late 16th century to the 20th, roughly half being 17th-century.

Finding aids

Unpublished lists of correspondence and muniments.

Location

The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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