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Mainwaring Manuscripts

Date range: 12th-19th centuries.

Manuscripts of the Mainwaring family of Peover Hall, Cheshire.

The collection contains state papers, diaries, manorial records, rentals, pedigree rolls and household records, as well as a large number of deeds and charters relating to estates in Cheshire and other counties.

Some 400 charters predate the reign of Henry VIII, the earliest consisting of charters granted by the Earls of Chester in the 12th century.

Deeds relate to numerous Cheshire townships, but particularly to Allostock, Astle, Baddiley, Goostrey cum Barnshaw, Chelford, Knutsford, Nantwich, Over Peover, Great Warford, Little Warford, Waverton, Wharton, Withington and Worleston.

Finding aids

  • Published handlist, Robert Fawtier, Hand-List of the Mainwaring and Jodrell Manuscripts at Present in the Custody of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1923)
  • Unpublished outline list of additional material. Note that numerous items recorded by Fawtier were removed by the depositor in 1972 and sold at Sotheby's


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