Records of Davies-Cooke of Owston

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Details of Records of Davies-Cooke of Owston
Title: Records of Davies-Cooke of Owston
Reference: DD/DC
Description:

Apart from fine series of deeds, maps, surveys, rentals and account books dealing with the management of the estate, covering over 6,000 acres of land in the townships of Owston, Skellow, Carcroft, Burghwallis, Sutton and Thorpe-in-Balne from the 17th century to the 1970s, there are records relating to the enclosure and drainage of lands in these areas, papers relating to the rebuilding of Owston Hall, personal papers relating to the official positions held by members of the family, of Bryan Cooke as M. P. for Malton, J. P. for the West Riding and a Colonel of the 3rd West Yorkshire Militia, correspondence with other members of the influential Cooke family and of the Earl and Countess of Kingston.

Date: 13th century -1978
Held by: Doncaster Archives, not available at The National Archives
Arrangement:

DD/DC/A Manorial

 

DD/DC/A1/1-10 Manor of Owston 1617-1824

 

DD/DC/A2/1-2 Manor of Thorpe in Balne 1669-1807

 

DD/DC/A3/1-7 Manor of Barnby Dun 1779-1856

 

DD/DC/A4/1-3 Manor of Sherburn 1631-1705

 

DD/DC/B Business

 

DD/DC/B1/1/1-167 Railways: Correspondence 1821-1936

 

DD/DC/B1/2/1-8 Railways: Plans 1830-1909

 

DD/DC/B2/1/1-24 Coal Mining: Correspondence 1864-1967

 

DD/DC/B2/2/1-11 Coal Mining: Plans 1908-1960

 

DD/DC/C Estate Correspondence

 

DD/DC/C1/1-12 Agent's Copy Letter Books 1903-1946

 

DD/DC/C2/1-132 Subject Files etc 1912-1975

 

DD/DC/D Title Deeds and Leases

 

DD/DC/E Estate Administration

 

DD/DC/E1/1-7 Enclosure 1760-1907

 

DD/DC/E2/1-4 Drainage 1759-1972

 

DD/DC/E3/1-8 Field, Survey and Valuation Books 1723-1947

 

DD/DC/E4/1-6 Maps and Plans 1723-1854

 

DD/DC/E5/1-7 Rentals 1730-1977

 

DD/DC/E6/1-2 Wages Books 1812-1978

 

DD/DC/E7 Woods, Gardens and Park 1785-1963

 

DD/DC/E8 Game 1861-1948

 

DD/DC/E9 Cattle, Stock and Horses 1710-1863

 

DD/DC/E10 Auction Sales and other Catalogues 1793-1954

 

DD/DC/E11 Estate Accounts 1716-1955

 

DD/DC/F1-F7 Financial 1855-1978

 

DD/DC/G Genealogical, Heraldic and Historical 1612-1900

 

DD/DC/H Household

 

DD/DC/H1 Fabric 1783-1936

 

DD/DC/H2-H5 Furniture and Fittings; Food and Drink; Servants; Travelling 1763-1937

 

DD/DC/H6 Household Account Books 1749-1948

 

DD/DC/H7 Correspondence 1754-1854

 

Includes

 

Letters of Bryan Cooke M P 1795-1821

 

Letters of Earl of Kingston 1827-1829

 

Lady Isabella King [Ladies Association] 1816-1838

 

DD/DC/J1 J2 Literary and Artistic 17 cent-1828

 

Includes designs [2] by Robert Adam 1766

 

DD/DC/K Education 1809-1822

 

DD/DC/L Legal: Wills etc 1438-1911

 

DD/DC/M Military 1679-1886

 

Includes Letters of Bryan Cooke M P as an officer in the militia 1796-1810

 

Papers of Midshipman

 

Anthony Cooke 1819-1823

 

DD/DC/N National Affairs: Acts of Parliament 1761-1965

 

DD/DC/O Local Affairs 1725-1959

 

DD/DC/O1 Church and Living of Owston 1725-1956

 

DD/DC/O2 Tithes of Owston, Skellow, Thorpe 1567-1956

 

DD/DC/O3 Townships of Owston, Skellow, Sutton and Thorpe in Balne 1704-1872

 

DD/DC/O4 Carcroft National School 1843-1902

 

DD/DC/O5 Doncaster School of Industry 1809

 

DD/DC/P Political

 

DD/DC/P1/1-14 Bryan Cooke M P 1795-1812

 

DD/DC/P2/1-89 Third Earl of Kingston 1808-1830

Language: English
Extent: 15 Sub fonds
Administrative History:

Henry Cooke, second son of Sir Henry Cooke of Wheatley, Yorkshire, purchased the OWSTON ESTATE, near Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1698 from John Adams. The Adams family had held the manor and estate for over a century, but the last two squires had indulged in great extravagance and the sale of the estate was apparently necessary to settle their debts. The Cookes continued to hold Owston despite the early deaths of several sons. In 1763 on the death of Anthony Cooke, the management of the estate devolved upon his widow, Mary, as Bryan the only surviving son was only 5 years of age. For the rest of her life, Mrs. Cooke devoted herself to safeguarding and increasing her son's inheritance, purchasing large areas of land in the adjoining parishes of Thorpe and Adwick-le-Street. She died in 1785 shortly after Bryan Cooke had returned home after a brief career in the Army. The following year he married Frances Puleston, the heiress of Hafod-y-Wern, Wrexham, and Gwysaney in Flintshire. Their son Philip Davies Cooke inherited all three estates. These the family retained until the sale of the Owston Estate in 1980 confined their holdings to the Welsh Estate.

Subjects:
  • Owston, West Riding of Yorkshire
Creator Names:
  • Davies-Cooke family of Owston, Yorkshire
  • Cooke, Davies-, family of Owston, Yorkshire
Immediate Source Of Acquisition:
  • The collection comes from three sources: records originally deposited in the Gwysaney MSS at the University College of North Wales, Bangor following the work of G.A. Usher on the history of the family which culminated in the publication of Gwysaney and Owston: A History of the Family of Davies-Cook... in 1964, records deposited in the Flintshire Record Office at Hawarden; and records transferred to the Doncaster Archives Department directly from Owston Hall prior to the sale of the estate in 1980.

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