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Reference: GB0026 D187

Records of the Woolhouse and Hallowes families and their properties in Glapwell and elsewhere, thirteenth to nineteenth century.


The Woolhouse records are arranged in sections for title deeds (including family settlements and wills) manorial and estate records, personal papers and miscellaneous items


The title deeds include the documents published by Professor Darlington, placed first in this list in his order. Although these published documents were called by him the Glapwell charters, they do in fact include some items not charters (deeds) or connected with property transactions. See in particular D187/1/230 and 231 (tax assessments)


In addition, the documents published by Professor Darlington include 16th and 17th century documents which are connected to the documents not published by him and listed later in this catalogue. Cross-references between connected but separated documents have been given.


The manorial and estate records include two 16th century court rolls and a charge to jurors for Glapwell manor and a survey of the Glapwell estate 1633. The family's personal papers are more numerous and include documents relating to tax collection circa 1581-1642, the court of Peverell Honour 1661 and Thomas Woolhouse's private activity as arbitrator, witness etc on behalf of friends and neighbours, late 17th century


The Hallowes records strictly include the Woolhouse family's archives, acquired along with the Woolhouse estate as a result of the marriage of Samuel Hallowes and Elizabeth Woolhouse in 1684. To reflect the separate development of the Woolhouse archive and for the sake of clarity, their records have however been listed as a separate entity (see above)


The Hallowes records are arranged in sections for title deeds, settlements, wills, finance, estate papers and personal papers


There are no title deeds for the Dethick property (but see D1088) and little documentation for the disposal of the estate beginning in the late 18th century, except for the sale of the property at Muston, Leicestershire. Partly because the Dethick deeds are not in these documents, there are relatively few title deeds for the Hallowes estate. Of these, the Thornsett deeds are unusual in recording transactions arising out of a 16th century mortgage.


The family settlements and wills section is notable for the number of 18th century documents relating to the provision of portions etc for younger children, and the estate group for the lack of maps (but see D76 M/E 38) and the rarity of any records other than leases. More personal documents refer to offices held by members of the family: Rector of Pleasley, sheriff, deputy Leiutenant and captain in the Old Militia, mid-18th -early 19th century.




D187/1-5 Woolhouse family


D187/1-2 Title deeds


Including family settlements and wills


D187/3 Manorial and estate


D187/4 Personal papers


Including subsidy and forced loan records


D187/5 Miscellaneous


D187/6-37 Hallowes family


D187/6-13 Title deeds


D187/14-26 Settlements, wills, finance


D187/27-30 Estate


D187/31-36 Personal papers


Including papers relating to the Rectory of Pleasley and offices of sheriff, deputy lieutenant and captain in the Old Militia


D187/37 Miscellaneous

Date: 13th - 19th centuries
Related material:

See D76 M/E 37 for sale catalogue.


See also D76 and D1088 for further records of the Hallowes estate

Held by: Derbyshire Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Woolhouse family of Rotherham, Yorkshire and Glapwell, Derbyshire

Hallowes family of Dethick, Muston, Leicestershire and Glapwell, Derbyshire

Physical description: 9 series
Access conditions:


Immediate source of acquisition:

These documents were acquired by the County Library in 1951 and transferred to the Record Office in Jun 1963.

Publication note:

Prior to their transfer, 246 items, chiefly medieval deeds, were transcribed by Professor R R Darlington and published, with an introduction by Professor Darlington, by the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (1957-1959) under the title The Glapwell Charters. This volume is available on the Search Room shelves.

  • Glapwell Manor, Derbyshire
  • Glapwell, Derbyshire
  • Mugginton, Derbyshire
  • Estate management
Administrative / biographical background:

The earliest of the Glapwell documents related to persons without a surname and then the Glapwell family, whose property may have been inherited by William Woolhouse the younger, son of William Glapwell's cousin William Woolhouse the elder in 1496. The Woolhouse family were established in Rotherham from the fourteenth century and in Glapwell from the late fifteenth to the late seventeenth centuries. In 1684, Thomas Woolhouse's heiress Elizabeth married Samuel Hallowes son of Samuel of Norton.


The Hallowes family may have originated in Hallowes, Dronfield. The family became prominent in the 17th century through the activities of Nathaniel Hallowes (1582-1661) probably son and heir of Thomas of Derby, an active Parliamentarian and Member of Parliament for Derby in the Short and Long Parliaments.


Nathaniel Hallowes purchased substantial properties in Dethick, Muston (Leicestershire) Thornsett and Mugginton, but the family also maintained a connection with Norton and finally established itself in Glapwell after the marriage of Samuel with Elizabeth Woolhouse. Samuel succeeded to the Hallowes estate on his father's death and his wife Elizabeth came into possession of the Glapwell estate on the death of her father Thomas Woolhouse circa 1698, but with reversion to her son Thomas on her death. She died circa 1721


Little further property was added to the Hallowes estate after the 17th century and the Leicestershire property was sold at the end of the 18th century. The Mugginton property was sold to Lord Scarsdale in 1893. By the end of the 19th century the Hallowes family was no longer at Glapwell but the main estate and Hall were probably sold only in 1920.

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