This collection of deeds and other documents has been deposited in the Leicestershire County Record Office on indefinite loan by Mr. Clement Winstanley of Andover, Hants.
It is mainly comprised of deeds relating to the Braunstone area, on the west side of Leicester. The manor of Braunstone was held by the Hastings family from the middle of the fifteenth century but, ruined by their support of the Royalist cause, they sold this in 1650 to James Winstanley, a Parliamentarian lawyer from Lancashire. Winstanley consolidated his position by obtaining property in neighbouring parishes and elsewhere, and also by acquiring the Recordership of Leicester in 1653 and holding it until 1662 when he refused to conform.
Out-county deeds present in this collection are largely the result of family alliance - for instance the Cambridgeshire deeds stem from the marriage of James' son Clement to Catherine Willoughby whose sister Lettice married and outlived Sir Thomas Wendy of Wendy, Cambridgeshire, the property coming to the Winstanleys on her death. The occurrence of several Lancashire deeds is explained by the marriage of Clement's son James, M.P. for Leicester, to Frances the daughter of James Holt of Castleton, Lancashire.
This James' son, also a James, and High Sheriff of Leicestershire, married his cousin Mary (both great-grandchildren of the James Winstanley who bought Braunstone). Their son, Clement, also a High Sheriff of the county, and builder of the present Braunstone Hall (c.1775), married Jane Parkyns, sister to Lord Rancliffe; their son Clement died in 1855 a bachelor, and so the ownership of the Winstanley estate passed, (as he had outlived his contemporary relatives) to the second son of his third brother, James Beaumont, who also died unmarried seven years later; whereupon the inheritance went to his sister Anna Jane, the wife of Commander Ralph George Pochin, R.N., J.P., a member of the Pochin family of Barkby, Leicestershire. By deed of gift their son, Richard Norman, succeeded to the estate in 1904, assuming the name of Winstanley. In 1925 the Winstanley land in Braunstone was largely acquired by the Corporation of Leicester for housing development and ten years later it was brought within the city boundary by virtue of the County of Leicester Review Order 1935.
DE728/1-87 Manor of Braunstone.
Premises in Braunstone:-
DE728/88 Brigg Acres etc.
DE728/89-114 (Church Field, Brokendale Field, Littlemere Field, (Risam Field and Hatt Field.
DE728/115-125 Forest Close.
DE728/126-127 Foulkes (alias Gillyvers) Close.
DE728/128 Hacketts house etc.
DE728/129-130 Land between le Langeslade and Sandbedsick.
DE728/131 Land near la Sike.
DE728/132-134 New Close.
DE728/135 Land near the new lane.
DE728/136 Paddock Close.
DE728/137 Premises on south side of Braunstone Lane near Rowley Fields.
DE728/183 Slade Field.
DE728/184-188 Townsend Close.
DE728/189-194 Biggs Close.
DE728/195-283 Premises, un-named, in Braunstone.
Premises in Braunstone and elsewhere:-
DE728/284-364 Aylestone etc.
DE728/366 Croft and Newton Harcourt.
DE728/369-373 Glenfield etc.
DE728/374 Groby and Charnwood Forest.
DE728/375-384 Kirby Muxloe etc.
DE728/385-391 Leicester etc.
DE728/392-417 Leicester Forest.
DE728/418 Long Clawson.
DE728/427 Sileby etc.
DE728/428-429 Swithland etc.
DE728/430-432 Wigston etc.
DE728/436 Barons Park.
DE728/437-457 Bromkinsthorpe etc.
DE728/458 Burrough on the Hill.
DE728/459-460 Carleton Curlieu.
DE728/475-476 Great Glen etc.
DE728/479 Illston on the Hill.
DE728/480-504 Kirby Muxloe etc.
DE728/525-537 Leicester Forest
DE728/538-539 Leicester Frith.
DE728/556 Shoby etc.
DE728/557-570 Deeds not indicating property.
DE728/571-660 Out-county deeds
(Pilloxmill, Fletton, Harlington, Higher Gobion, Beds; Gt. Missenden, Bucks;
Barnwell, Haslingfield, Barrington Elsworth, Wendy and Hauxton, Cambs;
Dalby and Ash, Derbys;
Barking, Cressing Temple, Witham, White Notley, Rivenhall, Havering atte Bower, Hornchurch, Henham, Debden, Chickney, Pledgden, Rainham, Dagenham, Missenden, Purleigh, Essex; Rainham, Upchurch, Halstow, Hartlip, Newington, Smarden, Kent;
Huddersfield, Rochdale, Castleton, Burg, Tinton, Droylesden, Failsworth, Lancs;
St. Botelph, St. Martin in the Fields, London;
Hillingdon, Colham, Islington, Edgware, Kingsbury and Swanncliffe, Mddx.
Barton in Fabis, Toton, Attenborough, Button Bonnington, Notts; Carlton, East & West Hall, Ashby, Middleton, Cottingham, Wilbaston, Stoke Albany, Maxey, Stamford Baron, Northants; Menax, Wawne, Yorks).
DE728/675-769 Financial, (including household and personal accounts).
DE728/770-800 Particulars, terriers, valuations etc.
DE728/812-832 Correspondence etc - various.
DE728/833-839 Correspondence etc - railways.
DE728/857-868 Leicester Forest.
DE728/895-934 Militia and Military.
Acts of Parliament
DE728/937-966 Family and personal correspondence.