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Nicholas Papers

Date range: 14th-18th centuries.

Records forming part of the archives of the Nicholas family of West Horsley, Surrey. They relate chiefly to Sir Edward Nicholas (1593-1669), Secretary of State to Charles I and Charles II, to his sons John and Edward, and to the Nicholas estates in West Horsley, Surrey, and Gillingham, Dorset.

There are:

  • letters to Sir Edward Nicholas as Secretary of State, 1643-1644
  • account books of Edward Nicholas esq as Treasurer and General Receiver, 1694-1715
  • important manorial court rolls for West Horsley, 1385-1709
  • manorial court records for Gillingham, including a court book, survey, rental, perambulation and accounts, 1469-1725
  • an important collection of documents concerning the anti-enclosure riots at Gillingham in 1642–48
  • other documents relating to property in West Horsley and Gillingham, including deeds of conveyance, mortgages, leases and accounts

Finding aids

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • Published handlist, Robert Fawtier, Handlist of Charters, Deeds, and Similar Documents in the Possession of the John Rylands Library, vol. 1 (Manchester, 1925).


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