Catalogue description Elmhirst Papers

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Title: Elmhirst Papers

The records listed here were all deposited at various times by Mr. A. O. Elmhirst and comprise the Elmhirst family papers, the Pye family papers which came into his possession through a family connection and the Clarke papers which were acquired through the purchase of a solicitor's business.


There are a few papers and documents of Richard Elmhirst and some papers of William Elmhirst of Genn House, the apothecary, but the bulk of the papers are those of William Elmhirst of Ouslethwaite and his successors. There are title deeds to Ouslethwaite and Round Green, but very few deeds relating to Houndhill. There are title deeds to the property in Thorne and Hatfield and estate papers relating to the Lincolnshire estates. There are also deeds and papers relating to the coal mines in and near Worsbrough.


The Pye and Clarke records form separate sections, as do the A. O. Elmhirst records received in 1975. The other Elmhirst muniments are, however, very much broken up in the catalogue, which is dominated by the categories of the original N.R.A. listing. Thus no clear pattern emerges of the survival of records of the different generations of the family. For instance of the sons of William Elmhirst (d.1821) and Ann Rachel Elmhirst, Robert and William, who farmed Round Green in turn, there are practically no records of Robert's except some scattered items which probably came into his executors' hands, and practically nothing of his brother William's before he came to Round Green in 1835, when he was already 36 years of age. Apart from a few diaries (mainly of the ladies of the family) there is very little between 1821 and 1835.

Date: 1479 - 20th century

Elmhirst family


Deeds West Riding (Elmhirst family)


Deeds West Riding Ackworth


Deeds West Riding Birstall. Gomersall


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Manor of Worsbrough


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Genn house, etc


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Houndhill


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Lewden and Snape Syke


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Ouslethwaite


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Round Green and Dayhouse


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Worsbrough Church


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Worsbrough School


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Worsbrough Tithes


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Worsbrough township


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Elmhirst leases


Deeds West Riding Darfield. Miscellaneous and photostats


Deeds West Riding Ecclesfield. Combs and Bithom House


Deeds West Riding Ecclesfield. Onesacre


Deeds West Riding Ecclesfield. Miscellaneous


Deeds West Riding Hatfield. Thorne, etc.


Deeds West Riding Silkstone. Barnsley


Deeds West Riding Silkstone. Dodworth


Deeds West Riding Silkstone. Dodworth tithes


Deeds West Riding Silkstone. Thurgoland


Deeds West Riding (Not Elmhirst family)


Deeds West Riding Barnsley, Gawber Hall and Hawkesworth


Deeds West Riding farm in Stainborough


Deeds West Riding Various places


Settlements and Wills


West Riding (Elmhirst family)


(Not Elmhirst family)


Personal (Elmhirst family)


Deeds East Riding. Skirpenpeck


Deeds North Riding. Norton Conyers


Deeds Lincolnshire.


Deeds Lincolnshire. Barton, Barrow and Goxhill


Deeds Lincolnshire. Friskney


Deeds Lincolnshire. Fulletby


Deeds Lincolnshire. Harby


Deeds Lincolnshire. Stixwould


Deeds Lincolnshire. West Halton


Deeds Lincolnshire. Worlaby


Deeds Lincolnshire. Wroot


Settlement and Wills


Lincolnshire. (Elmhirst family)


Public local records


Worsbrough township and church


Turnpike and other roads


Estate records




Maps and surveys


Miscellaneous papers


Farming records












Sale Catalogues


Miscellaneous legal papers




Executors' accounts










Papers relating to sport




Printed matter


Additional Papers


Pye family


1st deposit


Records relating to public office


Personal and family records, wills


Deeds. Clifton Campville (Staffs.)


Deeds Miscellaneous


Manorial records. Clifton and Haunton, Staffs


Estate records. Mynde, Kilpeck, Dewchurch, Herefordshire


Clifton and Haunton, Staffs


Pedigrees and various


2nd deposit


Records relating to public office


Executorship for Philip Earl of Pembroke


Estate papers


Deeds. Clifton Campville and Haunton


Hoone and Chilcote (Derbys.)


Stoke Hammond (Bucks)


London and Westminster


Plans. Clifton Campville and Haunton


Wills, settlements and personal papers


Clarke papers


Manorial records. Aberford, Barwick, Bramham, Clifford, Garforth, Sherburn


Public local records. South Milford and Lumby




Deeds. Barnsley




Denby and Cawthorne






South Kirkby




Additional Papers

Held by: Barnsley Archive and Local Studies Department, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Elmhirst family of Yorkshire

Physical description: 3 Sub fonds
Access conditions:

Certain items are on Restricted Access

Immediate source of acquisition:

Mr. A. O. Elmhirst's family muniments at Houndhill were one of the first collections in private custody to be listed by the South Yorkshire Committee of the National Register of Archives in 1953-4. A report was made on the N.R.A. 3rd Stage report forms, in accordance with the N.R.A. instructions, which rather tended to produce a list of estate records under specific subject categories. At this date the records remained at Houndhill.


In 1959 Mr. Elmhirst deposited in the Archives family papers of the Pyes of Clifton Campville which had come into the Elmhirst family by a 19th century marriage. This was followed by a second deposit the following year.


In 1960 Mr. Elmhirst deposited in the Archives most of the papers which had been the subject of the N.R.A. report, that is the Elmhirst family papers from Houndhill.


In Dec 1961 Mr. Elmhirst deposited deeds etc. from his solicitor's business office at Sherburn-in-Elmet. Most of these concerned the Clarke family and their business as solicitors. A few further items were added to these at a later date (1966).


In Dec 1966 and in 1967 further deposits of Elmhirst family papers from Houndhill were received. Subsequent small additions were received in Apr 1968, 1969, 1973 and Apr 1975. In Dec 1972 papers concerning opencast mining on the estate were deposited. None of these formed part of the original N.R.A. listing.


In May 1975 Mr. Elmhirst deposited a considerable collection of his own records relating to Houndhill farm and also private correspondence.

  • Yorkshire
Administrative / biographical background:

Richard Elmhirst of Houndhill died in 1673 leaving a young son who died shortly after and a daughter, Elizabeth, who married John Copley of Nether Hall to whose family Houndhill then passed. It remained out of the possession of the Elmhirst family until it was re-acquired by purchase by Mr. A. O. Elmhirst in the 1930s. The other family estates passed to William, a younger brother of Richard Elmhirst, who built Genn House and died in 1715 leaving his estates to his nephew, William, the eldest son of Thomas Elmhirst of Boston, Lincs. William Elmhirst died in 1746 and was succeeded by his son, William Elmhirst of Genn House, an apothecary surgeon with a large practice, who bought Ouslethwaite in 1769, and died in 1773. He was succeeded by William Elmhirst of Ouslethwaite who married his second cousin, Ann Rachel, daughter of Thomas Elmhirst of Stixwould and heiress to her father's estates in Lincolnshire. William Elmhirst of Ouslethwaite inherited estates in Fishlake, Hatfield and Thorne on the death of his distant cousin, Mordecai Cutts, a descendant of Elizabeth Elmhirst, younger sister of Richard Elmhirst of Houndhill. When William Elmhirst of Ouslethwaite died in 1821 he was succeeded by his son, Robert, who lived at Round Green and died unmarried in 1835 being succeeded by his younger brother, William Elmhirst of Round Green. He died in 1864 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Reverend William Elmhirst, who died in 1899 and was succeeded by his son, Reverend W. H. Elmhirst, who lived until 1948.

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