Catalogue description SIR JOHN DEANE'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, NORTHWICH [No. 12 Mid-Cheshire Divisional Executive]

This record is held by Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Details of SL300
Reference: SL300
Title: SIR JOHN DEANE'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, NORTHWICH [No. 12 Mid-Cheshire Divisional Executive]



Minutes of Trustees and Governors


Appointment of Trustees: deeds and papers


Charity Commission: correspondence and papers




Letter books and correspondence


Law suit case papers


Accounts 10-12


School buildings 12-13




Title deeds 13


Estate agent 13-14


Leases 14-23


Estate correspondence and papers 23-26


Maps and plans 27




Log books 28


Reports to governors 28


Staff registers 28


Salary lists 28-29


Correspondence and papers relating to staffing 29-32


School fees 32


Admission registers 33-34


Attendance registers 34


Form lists 35


Pupil activities 35-39


Miscellaneous 39-42


Cheshire Grammar School Headteachers' Association 42-43

Date: 1538-1976
Held by: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich

Physical description: 3 Sub-fonds.
Access conditions:

These records are subject to access restrictions.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acc 01078,02103,07323, 2621,2776,4131


The records came from various sources. From Moss and Haselhurst, solicitors of Northwich, comes a collection of documents brought together for the Chantler Case, 1811, see SL300/13/20 schedule no 1. Other records - account books, admission registers, some case papers and estate correspondence - came from the school, and the rest was found in the office of Chambers, solicitors, of Northwich, sometime clerks to the school see the lists compiled by Mrs Marjorie Cox, S.F. : Witton. All these records were brought together at the school whilst the school history was being written, and then transferred by the Headmaster in February 1973. SL300/1/7 transferred by Vale Royal DEO in Oct 1983. Copy statutes by Sir John Deane, 1558 fragment - see D/3415/34. SL300/4/13A transferred from acc 2776.

  • Northwich, Cheshire
Administrative / biographical background:

This school was founded in 1557 as Witton Free Grammar School by John Deane, Rector of St Bartholomew's, Smithfield, London. It was endowed with property mainly in Chester and at Newton-cum-Larton. Two of the 12 trustees or feoffees were to be bailiff feoffees and as such responsible for estate administration. This state of affairs continued until the nineteenth century when an estate agent, based in Chester, was appointed.


The history of the school is remarkable for the number of disputes involving schoolmasters and trustees, three of which resulted in extensive legal proceedings. The longest of these was the Hand Case, when the affairs of the school were in Chancery from 1833 to 1856.


One result of this case was a new scheme for the running of the school. This scheme was revised by the Endowed Schools' Commission in 1874, and amended in 1895. In 1910, under a scheme of the Board of Education, the school passed to the control of the County Council. At the same time it was amalgamated with Northwich High School for Girls, becoming a co-educational grammar school and adopting its present name.


The school buildings have been rebuilt several times: at least once during the eighteenth century, and in 1866 and 1884, and again in 1908 by the benefaction of Sir John Brunner.

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