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Legh of Lyme Muniments

Date range: 12th–19th centuries.

Extensive family papers of the Leghs of Lyme Park, Cheshire.1

These comprise muniments of title, including large numbers of medieval deeds and charters, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century manorial court records, original architect’s plans of Lyme Hall by Giacomo Leoni, surveys, wills, abstracts of title, estate correspondence, accounts and other papers.

The muniments relate to:

  • the Lancashire estates (the manors of Newton and Golborne, and property in Newton-le-Willows, Golborne, Lowton, Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Ince-in-Makerfield, Warrington, Burtonwood, Poulton and Fearnhead, Bold, Pemberton and Dalton)
  • the Cheshire estates (with property in Lyme Handley, Disley, Pott Shrigley, Macclesfield, Grappenhall, Norbury, Marple, and Broomedge and Heatley in Lymm)

There is an extensive and important selection of personal correspondence, dating from the sixteenth century onwards, including correspondence with members of the Gerard, Egerton and Chicheley families, including much material on eighteenth-century Northern politics.

1Other archives of the Legh family are held at the Greater Manchester County Record Office and at Stockport Archive Service.

Finding aids

  • Partially listed: calendar of deeds and typescript list of correspondence.
  • See also Catherine Danter, ‘The eighteenth-century rebuilding of Lyme Park, Cheshire, and the Leoni Collection at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 82, no. 1 (2000), pp. 49–80.


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Further information

Lyme 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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