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Egerton of Tatton Papers

Date range: 14th–19th centuries.

A collection of letters, papers and allied documents belonging to the Egerton family of Tatton, Cheshire.1

These chiefly relate to Samuel Egerton (1711–80) and his uncle Samuel Hill (1691–1758) of Shenstone Park, Staffordshire.

Hill, art collector, MP for Lichfield and Registrar to the Court of the Admiralty, acted in loco parentis to the sons of John Egerton (1679–1724), directing their education and using his wealth and influence to establish them in successful careers.

The second son, Samuel, inherited Tatton on the death of his elder brother John in 1738; he was master of Tatton for the next forty-two years, and became one of the leading figures in Cheshire society.

The archive includes:

  • Egerton family accounts and receipts, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • correspondence, deeds and legal papers of the Pickering family of Thelwall and Hatton, Cheshire, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • miscellaneous accounts and receipts, eighteenth century
  • records of the court leet and view of frankpledge for the manors of Knutsford and Tatton, c.1700–58
  • over one hundred constables’ and burleymen’s presentments to the court leet of Bucklow Hundred for various townships, 1703–15


1Other archives of the Egerton family are held at Manchester Archives and Local Studies and at Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

Further information

Tatton Park is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. Visit the National Trust website for further information.

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