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Cornwall-Legh Muniments

Date range: 13th-19th centuries.

Muniments of the Cornwall-Legh family of High Legh near Knutsford, Cheshire.

The collection comprises medieval charters, later deeds and papers relating to the Cornwall-Leghs, the Leghs of East Legh, Cheshire (13th–19th centuries), the Leghs of Swineyard (or Swinehead) in High Legh, Cheshire (17th–18th centuries), the Cornwalls of Shropshire (15th–18th centuries), and the Chambres of Plas Chambres, Denbighshire (18th century).

Material includes deeds, business and estate correspondence, papers and plans for High Legh, Knutsford, Lymm and Manley in Cheshire, Barton upon Irwell and Openshaw in Lancashire, and Birstall in Yorkshire; and records relating to the manors of Sale (14th–18th centuries) and Thornton-le-Moors (13th–18th centuries) in Cheshire.

There are also correspondence and papers relating to the Cheshire militia and magistracy and to Bucklow Hundred in the early 19th century.

Finding aids

  • Outline catalogue available online via the A2A website.
  • Manuscript calendar of deeds by J.P. Earwaker (1892-3).
  • See also Evelyn Lord, 'The Cornwall-Leghs of High Legh: Approaches to the Inheritance Patterns of North-West England', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 73, no. 2 (1991), pp. 21-36.


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