Family and estate records of the Wentworth, Vernon, and Vernon-Wentworth families of Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, near Barnsley.
Worsborough: Appointment of steward, 1899; notes about court rolls; deputation of gamekeeper (and for Stainborough and Penistone), 1879.
Records of Institutions, etc:
Dodworth National School: treasurer's cash books, 1887-1904.
Barnsley National School: list of subscribers, 1816.
Barnsley Chronicle: balance sheets, 1889-1898.
Wills, settlements, including legal papers and abstracts:
Wentworth of Wentworth Castle, Vernon of Hilton and Levison Vernon of Stoke Park (Northamptonshire). The last relate to estates at Aldeburgh, Snape, Sweffling, etc. (Suffolk), 1732-1832; papers relating to the Wentworth copyhold estates in Wakefield and Twickenham, in dispute between Henry and Levison Vernon, 1804-1806.
Later family wills, 1860-1902.
Rentals and Accounts: Wentworth Castle estate, 1814-1815, 1865-1881, 1881-1913.
Wombwell, 1882, Stainborough, 1884, Birdwell tenants, 1880, Vizard estate tenants, 1895.
Farm accounts, 1872-1880.
Loch Rannoch (Perthshire), accounts relating to house, estate and game, 1890s.
Cash books, 1852-1880 (including Hood Green School), 1881-1888.
Wage accounts, 1823.
Garden paysheets and accounts, 1878-1885.
Inventories: Wentworth Castle: lists of fixtures, etc., 1799, 1801, 1803-1804.
Survey and valuation: Ashford Lodge estate, Steep, Hants., 1827
Timber: Wentworth estates: letters and brief accounts.
Estate correspondence: Lord Raby to his steward, 1696-1712; Robert Smith (steward) to Henry Vernon, 1811; E. M. Henville (steward) to F. W. H. V. Wentworth, with weekly accounts, 1816-1819 (one bundle); letters to T. C. V. Wentworth, mainly relating to Suffolk estate, 1885.
Household: Recipe book of Mrs. Fisher, 1772.
Leases of land: Stainborough, and Dodworth, 1787-1885; Toddington and Harlington (Beds), 1805.
Maps: Water supply to Wentworth Castle, c.1875-1881, township of Stainborough (early 19th century), estates in Penistone, 1803, Hoyland Swaine, 1827, Stainborough, 1850.
Aldeburgh cum Hazlewood (Suffolk): 2 tracings showing proposed railway from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh, n.d.
Colleries: Correspondence and papers relating to leases, royalties in the West Riding: Blacker Main (including Edmunds Exchange), 1857-1885, 1893; Edmunds Main, 1875-1877; Darley Main, 1860-1872; Ossett, 1893-1898; Worsbro' dale, 1852-1857; miscellaneous correspondence and measurements of coal, statements of royalties, 1852-1906. Valuations: Wombwell Main, 1867-1871, Stainborough, 1832-1854; draft leases and agreements of various seams in the Barnsley and Stainborough area, 1822-1894.
Maps and plans of colliery working in Barnsley and Stainborough area, 1845-1912.
Tithe: Worsborough tithe rental (corn tithes), 1824-1833; apportionment of rent charge, commutation rental, etc., 1834-1846. Dodworth tithe rent assessment book (later 19th century).
Poaching: Summonses to appear on charges of poaching, 1815.
Personal and public office
Family letters: Henry Vernon of Hilton (d.1732), 1726-1727, concerning death of his wife.
Henry Vernon of Hilton (d.1814): travels abroad, 1783, 1789; from his son H. C. E. Vernon, 1793-1800; from his 2nd wife, Margaret Vernon, 1797-1812; from Mrs. Fisher, 1803; from Thomas Conolly, 1796-1802, a claimant to the Strafford estate.
Mrs. Margaret Vernon's (nee Fisher) correspondence: letters before her marriage, 1793-1794; letters between her, her husband and her mother, 1794-1795, 1799, 1802-1806; letters from her husband, 1800-1801, 1807-1813; correspondence relating to Henry Vernon's illness and death in Paris, 1814-1815; Paris journal, 1814. (The correspondence is extensive but relates mainly to family matters, especially the Wentworth inheritance).
Letters relating to the estate after her husband's death, 1814-1818.
F. W. T. V. Wentworth (d.1885): correspondence as Sheriff-appointment, official letters, grand jury, accounts in connection with his office, 1840-1842 (bundle each); letters from his wife's family (she was daughter of 1st Marquis of Ailesbury), 1824-1861 (about 35); begging letters and some others, 1880-1885; proposals for new voluntary schools in S. Yorks. parishes, 1870.
Pigott papers (of Patshall, Staffs.): journal of Sophie Pigott in India, 1777; personal letters to Miss Pigott (afterwards Mrs. Fisher), 1777-1783.
Miscellaneous: Family vault in Worsborough church, 1824: plans; address to F. W. T. V. Wentworth from Primitive Methodist Chapel, Blacker Hill.
Family of Wentworth, by Samuel Horsfall, 1810; Earls of Cardigan and Marquis of Ailesbury; descendents of Henry Vernon (d.1732); emblazoned arms of Mrs. Hatfield Kaye.
Also the following additions to the Wentworth Castle muniments of the Vernon-Wentworth family and their predecessors, the Earls of Strafford of the 3rd creation.
Deeds: Stainborough, Keresforth, Rockley, Rockley furnace and the manors of Worsbrough and Worsbroughdale (Cutler and Rockley families, 1610-18th century; Falthwaite and Dodworth in Silkstone 1693-1834; Hoyland Nether including the Hall and collieries (Townend and Vizard) 1653-1951; Dalton Parva in Rotherham 1723-1940; Exelby, Leeming, North Yorkshire (endowment of Stainbrough chapel) 1623-1775.
Estate: Rentals and surveys of Stainbrough and Rockley c1730, 1789; Hoyland 1771, 1776; farm at Dalton 1826.
Plans: Stainbrough Castle mid-18th century; Hoyland estate 1810-1857; Dalton estate 1850.
Wills and settlements: Cutler, Vernon, Townend, Phipps, Richmond.
|Held by:||Sheffield City Archives, not available at The National Archives|
VWM 1 - 690 Correspondence, papers and deeds
VWM Maps 1 - 156 Maps and plans
VWM P 1 - 17 Printed material
|Extent:||25 series, (34 boxes, 38 volumes, maps|
Thomas Wentworth (1672-1739) purchased the estate at Stainborough from the Cutler family in 1708, and after substantial rebuilding Stainborough Hall was renamed Wentworth Castle. Thomas Wentworth was created 1st Earl of Strafford of the 2nd creation in 1711.
His son William (1712-1791) subsequently became 2nd Earl. He died without issue and the title and estate passed to his cousin's son, Frederick Wentworth (1732-1799), the 3rd Earl. After he too died without issue the 2nd Earldom became extinct.
The estate passed to Frederick's sister, Augusta Wentworth (Mrs Hatfield Kaye), and after her death in 1802 was inherited by a descendant of the 1st Earl, Frederick W T Vernon (1795-1885), who changed his name to Vernon-Wentworth.
He was succeeded by his son, Thomas F C Vernon-Wentworth (1831-1902), and grandson, Captain Bruce Canning Vernon-Wentworth (1862-1951). Captain Vernon-Wentworth, who died without issue, sold the estate to Barnsley Corporation in 1948. The house was a teacher training college until 1978 and is now used by Northern College.
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