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Warburton of Arley Muniments and Related Collections

Date range: 12th-19th centuries

Medium: Archive

There are three components to the Warburton collections:

The Warburton of Arley Charters (12th-19th centuries) constitute a muniment collection of national importance, noted for the large number of early charters and for its fine seals, including royal (Great Seals), monastic and papal examples. The charters include examples relating to the constables of Chester (c.1172-1211), several monastic charters, plus some PapalĀ bullae.They mainly concern the Dutton and Warburton families and their Cheshire estates in Appleton, Aston by Budworth, Aston by Sutton, Chester, Dutton, Great Budworth, Lower Walton, Lymm, Newton by Chester, Northwich, Poulton, Pulford, Sutton, Thelwall, Warburton, Wincham and Winnington. In addition there are 13th- and 14th-century deeds relating to Beverley in Yorkshire.

The main (deposited) collection comprises the muniments of the Warburton family of Arley Hall, Cheshire (16th-19th centuries). It consists of muniments of title, settlements, mortgages, leases, bonds, rentals, manorial records, Acts of Parliament, plans, estate correspondence, papers relating to enclosure, roads in Warburton, Great Budworth church and other churches and schools, Croxton family papers, and an extensive collection of 18th-century accounts for the house and estate at Arley and the family residence in London. The deeds and other papers relate to properties in Appleton, Aston by Budworth, Aston by Sutton, Comberbach, Crowley, Higher Whitley, Sutton and Warburton in Cheshire.

The third component consists of papers relating to the navigation of the River Weaver in Cheshire from the 1750s and 1760s, including correspondence of Sir Peter Warburton, accounts, and contemporary official documents.

Further information:

  • Catalogue of Warburton of Arley Charters available online via ELGAR.
  • Unpublished manuscript catalogue of Warburton of Arley Muniments available via Special Collections reading rooms.
  • Weaver Navigation papers uncatalogued.


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