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Description of Special Collection

Collection Level Description: Additional Manuscripts 1719: Windyside Deeds
University Library

Collection Level Description: Additional Manuscripts 1719: Windyside Deeds

Collection name: Additional Manuscripts 1719: Windyside Deeds
Collection code: GB 033 ADD-1719
Date range: 1666-1904
Extent: 2 boxes
Language: English; Latin
Created by: Title holders of Windyside estate properties
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Part of : Additional MSS

The collection comprises 49 title deeds and associated documents for lands extending on both sides of the river Wear at Windyside in Westgate-in-Weardale, St John's Chapel (Weardale), formerly in Stanhope parish (until 1867) and latterly in the parish of Westgate St Andrew. The deeds evidence conveyances through the hands of a number of local families or their representatives from 1666 to 1904, including Emerson, Stobs, Allon, Coulthird, Fareless, Bainbridge, Robinson, Porter and Hodgson. At different times over this period this estate comprises: lands incrementally acquired and then grouped into the Easter and the Wester House parts; an additional house with two folds; part of a close called Middlehopeside Prye; part of four fields adjoining to the East the three Easter House fields lying North of the river Wear and a small area south of Windyside
Presented by Mr Clifford and Mrs Ann Peart on 5 November 2009 (Misc.2009/10:74)
Open for consultation.
Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.
Available online at
Related collections held at Durham:
Weardale Chest; Church Commission Durham Bishopric records.
Bowes, Peter, Weardale: Clearing the Forest: an evolution of rural life from early settlement to the end of Victorian times, Bishop Auckland [Peter Bowes] (1990).
Drury, J. Linda, "Sir Arthur Hesilrige and the Weardale chest", Transactions of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland n.s. 5 (1980), 125-37.
Drury, J. Linda, "More stout than wise: tenant right in Weardale in the Tudor period", inThe Last Principality: Politics, Religion and Society in the Bishopric of Durham, 1494-1660. Studies in Regional History No.1 (University of Nottingham Department of Adult Education, 1987), 71-100.
Heatherington, Ken, Windyside Deeds, 1665-1904. Transcribed for the Weardale Museum by Ken Heatherington, 2007.

Index terms

Weardale (England)
Deed collections and solicitors' accumulations.
Land tenure -- England -- Durham.

Date last modified: 25 February 2010

This is part of the Additional Manuscripts

The collections that are part of Additional Manuscripts are:
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  Chevallier/Corrie correspondence  
  Nicholas Kilburn Correspondence  
  Peter Pindar (John Wolcot) Manuscripts  
  James Raine Correspondence  
  William Bell Scott Letters  
  Samuel Smith papers  
  Charles Whitley Correspondence  
  Windyside Deeds (Add.MS. 1719)