Including manor court rolls for Esholt Priory 1370-1630, Idle 1667-1790, Yeadon 1361-1377 and 1766-1798, deeds for Bradford 1611-1780, Esholt 1539/40-1830, Gargrave 1623-1739, Guiseley 1670/1-1741, Idle 1584-1827, Shipley 1558-1783, Wilsden 1558-1775, Yeadon 1544/5-1767 and elsewhere, Crompton, Stansfield and other families, papers including settlements 1603-1798, wills 1630-1818, legal papers 16-18 cent accounts and papers of William Rookes 1784-1791
WYL500/A The DEEDS relate [chiefly] to lands in the West Riding of Yorkshire and are arranged under TOWNSHIPS in alphabetical order. The original grouping of documents has not been interfered with, but as the majority of deeds were not grouped at all, these have been arranged chronologically under their respective townships, deeds relating to specific properties being grouped together where possible. They are written on parchment and paper - all are legible, only a few being difficult to read owing to physical defects in the documents.
WYL500/A/1 Bradford (WYL500/1-29)
WYL500/A/2 Esholt - general - (WYL500/30-74)
Baildon's lands in Esholt (WYL500/75-86)
Esholt Mills (WYL500/87-107)
WYL500/A/3 Gargrave (WYL500/108-114)
WYL500/A/4 Guiseley (WYL500/115-119)
WYL500/A/5 Idle - general - (WYL500/120-237)
- Hilltop Farm (WYL500/238-247)
- Idle Hall (WYL500/248-259)
- Idle Mills (WYL500/260-310)
- Raistrick House (WYL500/311-340)
- Rocliffe House (WYL500/341-356)
- Smithy Closes (WYL500/357-367)
- The Stubbings (WYL500/368-373)
- Westwood (WYL500/374-426)
- Apperley Bridge (WYL500/427-441)
WYL500/A/6 Shipley (WYL500/442-512)
WYL500/A/7 Wilsden (WYL500/513-617)
WYL500/A/8 Yeadon - general - (WYL500/618-657)
- lands of the Hoppey family (WYL500/658 - 677)
- Brook Hall - belonging to Hoppey family - (WYL500/678-688)
- other lands of the Hoppey family (WYL500/689 - 702)
WYL500/A/9 Miscellaneous deeds. (WYL500/703 - 734)
WYL500/B. SETTLEMENTS. Deeds shewing title to lands in Bradford, Esholt, Calverley, Yeadon, Idle, Guiseley, Shipley and Harden (Bingley), owned by the well known local families of Calverley, Crompton, Ferrand, Rookes, Stansfield and Thompson. The majority are Marriage Settlements and contain much genealogical material for these families.
WYL500/C. MANORIAL DOCUMENTS. This group contains Court Rolls (and / or Files), Rentals and a few miscellaneous documents for Esholt, Idle and Yeadon, including valuable 14th and 15th century Court Rolls of the Prioress of Esholt Priory, founded in the late 12th century for Cistercian nuns.
WYL500/D. ECCLESIASTICAL DOCUMENTS. These relate to the collection of tithes belonging to the rectories of Calverley and Guiseley, and disputes with regard to payment between the tenants and the rector. Also, the allocation of lands for the augmentation of the living of Idle Chapel and some deeds relating to the Sunderland Charities.
WYL500/E. TESTAMENTARY DOCUMENTS. Wills, Probates and Letters of Administration (many of them only copies), Inventories, Correspondence and other administration papers relating to local families. They are arranged alphabetically.
WYL500/F. LAW SUITS. Papers relating to each suit have been collected and grouped together. They are not complete and each group contains a selection of documents only - but much information may be gleaned of local details concerning boundaries, rights of way through certain fields and lanes, the course of streams and their deflection for business purposes to feed corn and fulling mills.
WYL500/G.-H. PRIVATE PAPERS. A few documents relating to private family and financial matters - chiefly papers kept by William Rookes of Esholt Hall dealing with the management of properties where he acted as a trustee or executor.
WYL500/I. MISCELLANEA. The bundles of Accounts in miscellanea are worthy of closer study. They are fairly complete for the period they cover and give prices and quantities for every kind of household commodity and food stuffs, as well as for various articles of clothing, and travelling expenses.