Catalogue description Gossip of Hatfield Deeds

This record is held by Sheffield City Archives

Details of GD 1-448
Reference: GD 1-448
Title: Gossip of Hatfield Deeds

This accumulation comprises mainly title deeds to the estate of the Gossip family of Hatfield, which comprised both freehold and copyhold land, 1605-1932


The deeds include deeds to property acquired by the Smeaton family in the 18th and early 19th centuries which were mortgaged from 1826


GD430 is a plan of the Hatfield House Estate, 1855; GD284 is an abstract of evidences and genealogical notes, 1838; GD283 is an abstract of title, 1838

Date: 1605-1932

The deeds are listed in date order.

Related material:

See also SY 670/21-7 Hatfield Gossip Deeds 1790-1925

Held by: Sheffield City Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Gossip family of Hatfield, Yorkshire

Physical description: 448 files
  • Smeaton family of Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hatfield, West Riding of Yorkshire
Administrative / biographical background:

William Gossip (I), of York, gent., bought the manor of Westhall in Stockhold and Hatfield, and diverse other lands in Hatfield, Thorne and Fishlake, from Sir Thomas Yarborough, of Snaith, kt., in 1714, for £2,010. The copyhold part of the estate was enfranchised after enclosure (1825). The Hatfield House Estate was acquired by William Gossip (III) through his marriage to Ann Hatfield in 1787, she being the only child and heiress at law of John Hatfield of Hatfield (1716-91). After the death of William Gossip III, the estate passed to his wife Ann, who survived him by three years until 1833. The estate then passed to the children of the marriage, but was relinquished by 1838 by the other children to the three spinsters, Georgiana Maria, Ann Louisa and Susanna Augusta. The three spinsters held under a trust, but became entangled in several mortgages.

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