Catalogue description Jodrell Muniments

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Details of JOD
Reference: JOD
Title: Jodrell Muniments

The collection primarily comprises deeds and allied documents such as grants, final concords, releases, leases, surrenders, extracts of court rolls and letters of attorney. These relate to the following properties in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and elsewhere:


Cheshire: Disley Stanley, pa. Stockport, 1351-1731; Kettleshulme, pa. Prestbury, 1368-1631; Macclesfield Forest, pa. Prestbury, 1308-1620; Overton, pa. Malpas, 1603; Taxal, 1339-1733; Twemlow pa. Sandbach, 1661; and Yeardsley cum Whaley pa. Taxal, early 14th cent.-1657.


Derbyshire: Castleton, 1416; Hartington, 1286; Hayfield, 1362; Makeney pa. Milford, n.d.


Lancashire: Chatburn pa. Whalley, 1598-1694.


Staffordshire: Marchington, 1382; Tunstall, 1517; Waterfall, 1386.


Yorkshire: Waddington, 1342.


Jodrell family papers include wills, inventories of goods, bonds and covenants, marriage articles and settlements, commissions in the militia, and a small quantity of correspondence. There are also papers relating to Edmund Jodrell's two terms as sheriff of Cheshire, 1650-1 and 1670-1.

Date: 1286-1783

The collection was arranged in 1835 by Mr C. Devon of the Chapter House, Record Office, Westminster, into two sequences: records in which the name Jodrell is found; and records in which the name is not found. The first series was arranged by Devon in chronological order and numbered 1-104. Each document was wrapped in a piece of paper on which a summary of its contents was recorded. In some cases several documents are enclosed within one wrapping: these are numbered 90a, 90b etc. The second series was not numbered by Devon, but was arranged in approximate chronological order and numbered 200-302 on its arrival at the Library.


In Fawtier's published handlist, items are arranged alphabetically under the names of the places to which they refer.

Held by: Manchester University: University of Manchester Library, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Jodrell family of Yeardsley cum Whaley, Cheshire

Physical description: 0.8 cu.m
Immediate source of acquisition:

The bulk of the collection was deposited in the John Rylands Library by Colonel and Mrs Ramsden-Jodrell in 1922. Additional material was received in August 1982

  • Whalley, Lancashire
Unpublished finding aids:

Published handlist, Robert Fawtier, Hand-List of the Mainwaring and Jodrell Manuscripts at present in the custody of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1923); unpublished outline list of additional material.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Jodrell family of Yeardsley, Cheshire dated their ancestry to one William Jaudrell, an archer under Edward the Black Prince, Earl of Chester, in the French wars in the mid-fourteenth century. At the time of his death he held lands at Yeardsley cum Whaley, Disley, and Kettleshulme, Cheshire. His son, Roger Joudrell (as the name was then spelt) was one of the four Esquires of the King's body in the reign of Richard II. In 1393-4 he was granted an estate at Whiston, Leicestershire by Thomas de Mowbray, Earl Marshal, and served with the latter at Agincourt. By the late fifteenth century the family was known as Jodrell. In the reign of Henry VII Roger Jodrell of Yeardsley acquired estates at Twemlow by marriage to Ellen, daughter and co-heir of Roger Knutsford. The Jodrell family then made their home at the Twemlow estate. The family later intermarried with the Burdetts family of Foremarsh, the Molyneuxs of Teversall and other ancient families.


In the eighteenth century the Twemlow estate passed to the Leigh of High Legh family, following the marriage of Elizabeth, younger daughter of Francis Jodrell to Egerton Leigh in 1778. Her elder sister and heiress to the Yeardsley estate, Frances Jodrell married John Bower of Manchester, who then assumed the surname Jodrell. John Bower Jodrell was succeeded by his son, Francis, in 1796. He died in 1829 and his two sons, who succeeded him, both died without issue. Thus in June 1868 the estate passed to Thomas Jodrell Phillips-Jodrell (1807-1889), the nephew of Francis Jodrell, who owned an estate at Shallcross, Derbyshire. Phillips-Jodrell died without issue and was succeeded by his nephew, Henry Richard Tomkinson, who made a deed of gift and was in turn succeeded by his nephew, Sir Edward Thomas Davenant Cotton-Jodrell (1847-1917). He was MP for Wirral 1885-1900 and served on the Headquarters Staff of the War Office 1906-1912 (he had assumed the surname Jodrell by Royal Licence in 1890). He was succeeded in 1917 by his eldest daughter, Dorothy Lynch Ramsden-Jodrell, who had married Col. Henry Ramsden in 1902 (she assumed the name and arms of Jodrell by Royal Licence in 1920).

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