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Read our new blog on World War I

Posted by Peter Lester at 16/09/2013 10:32:11

Read our new blog on Nottinghamshire Archives' project From Home to Battlefields of World War I: Nottinghamshire Memorials Project.

In the 1980s Patricia and Maurice Wakefield visited the 
battlefields and cemeteries of Northern France, and this inspired Patricia Wakefield to start researching into local soldiers who fell in World War I.  Over the following years she and her husband made repeated trips to France and Belgium and her research grew into an amazing resource about local soldiers who fought and died in 'Flanders Fields'.

A few years ago Nottinghamshire Archives was fortunate to be offered the documents as a deposit, and with the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now able to catalogue and preserve this unique collection of documents and photographs.  Our project involves a team of young volunteers who will not only work with the records but will also learn more about the war and its affects.

Our blog provides the latest updates on this project.


New collections available

Posted by Peter Lester at 07/08/2013 09:00:39

Catalogues for the following collections are newly available on Nottinghamshire Archives' online catalogue:

District Council Records 

  • Building plans submitted for planning permission to Bingham Rural District Council, c 1902 - 1974 (DC/BI/4/1)
  • Building plans submitted for planning permission to Huthwaite Urban District Council (formerly Hucknall Huthwaite UDC), 1883 - 1935 (DC/HH/3/1)

Deposited and purchased documents

  • Notts County Football Club programmes and fixture lists, 1978 - 1994 (DD/2702)
  • A product catalogue for Worthington-Simpson Ltd of Newark, water pump manufacturers, 20th century (DD/2705)
  • Nottingham and Retford theatre programmes, 1952 - 1976 (DD/2706/1-10)
  • John Heath Tilford of Newstead, funeral director: ledgers, 1893 - 1975 (DD/2710)
  • Additional papers of the United Charities of Abel Collins, 1894 - 2002 (restricted access) (DD/AC)
  • The Henry Rowlinson Collection, relating to Willoughby on the Wolds, 19th - 21st centuries (DD/HR)
  • Newsletters, minutes and annual reports of the Thoroton Society, 2010 - 2012 (DD/TS/56-58)
  • Diaries of Reverend Newton Heelas, curate of All Saints church, Nottingham, 1891 - 1894 (DP/102/1-3)
  • Stock book of Beggarlee and Strelley collieries, 1830 (DP/103/1)
  • Correspondence between Dame Laura Knight and Major Peter Casson, 1961 - 1969 (DP/105)
  • The archive of Thomas Cecil Howitt, architect of Nottingham, including ledgers, technical documents and photographs, 1914 - 2003 (DP/TH)

Nottingham City Council records

  • Electoral registers, 1991/2 - 2000/1 (CA/TC/3/145-9)  

Probate records

  • Wills, inventories, bonds and associated papers of over 32,000 people proved at the Exchequer Court of York: Nottingham Archdeaconry Court, 1589 - 1858 (PR/NW)   

School records

  • Admission registers and log books for schools throughout Nottinghamshire, 19th - 21st centuries (restricted access) (S/A and S/L)
  • Henry Mellish School, Nottingham, Old Boys' Association records, 1947 - 1951 (DD/2707)

Explore the online catalogue at nawcat.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

Details of all records currently available on the catalogue are available on our Catalogue Coverage page.


Wills and Inventories at Nottinghamshire Archives

Posted by Peter Lester at 06/08/2013 12:29:39

Wills and inventories are useful resources for researchers.

  • Family historians can find out details of descendants and kin
  • Local historians can find information on status, property and wealth
  • Inventories can provide details of furniture, goods and possessions, including crops and animals
  • Wills can provide glimpses of religious belief and attitudes to death
  • Wills were proved in church courts and provide evidence of their activities.

Nottinghamshire Archives holds a huge number of wills proved before 1858. The catalogues for many of these can now be searched on our online catalogue. These include wills proved in the following church courts:

  • Exchequer Court of York: Nottingham Archdeaconry Court, 1589 - 1858 (PR/NW)  Over 32,000 people are included in these records
  • Southwell Peculiar Court, 1506 - 1857 (PR/SW) and probate registers, 1530 - 1839 (PR/SR)
  • Mansfield Peculiar Court, 1640 - 1857 (PR/MW)
  • Manorial Court of Dale Abbey, 1753 - 1896 (PR/D)
  • Manorial Court of Gringley on the Hill, 1761 - 1855 (PR/GW) with 98 wills included on the manorial court rolls of Gringley, 1659 - 1775 (DD/P/14)
  • Manorial Court of St John of Jerusalem (Shelford St John's), 1646 - 1791 (PR/JW)
  • Ossington Manorial Court (copies), 1607 - 1792 (PR/OS).

If you find details of a will from our catalogue, please email us at archives@nottscc.gov.uk and we can provide a quote for a copy.  You will need to tell us the name of the person whose will you want, the date it was proved, and where they lived.  All of this information is included in the catalogue.  Please note that many wills have seals attached to them, and can therefore only be photographed.  You can find out more about our reprographics services online.

Looking for a will proved after 1858? Get in touch and we can provide advice on the National Probate Index and obtaining copies of more recent wills.

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