Catalogue description Baxter and Somerville, solicitors of Doncaster records

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Title: Baxter and Somerville, solicitors of Doncaster records

This was the leading legal partnership in Doncaster for almost a century up to its abrupt demise in the 1920s. Robert Baxter succeeded William Bright, solicitor and town clerk, in his practice in 1824 and rapidly became a lawyer of consequence, assisted by his involvement in railway business, although there is relatively little in the archive to reflect this. Information about the partnership is to be found in Andrew St George, 'A History of Norton Rose' (Cambridge, 1995). A copy is available in the departmental library of Doncaster Archives. The archives of the firm are very extensive and only the most substantial or the most significant are noticed here. Including, Internal Records Ledgers (incomplete; cover thirty years in total only) 1846-1919; accounts for railway business 1847-1848, 1870; copy out-letter books (3) 1875-1877; other records 1913-1930; Enclosure Agreements Armthorpe 1703; Owston (Lincolnshire) 1790, 1795; Manorial Armthorpe 1605-1896 including letters patent granting the manor by king James I to Sir Robert Swift and Sir Hugh Worrall, 11 May 1605 and court rolls 1648-1660, 1662-1706, 1711-1738, 1825-1829; Auckley, court books 1772-1856, steward's minutes 1828-1856; Barnby Grange with Bramwith, court roll 1648-1804; Blaxton, steward's minutes 1839-1840; Brampton (Branton), court books 1772-1840, steward's minutes 1825-1843; Finningley, steward's minutes 1837, 1839-1840; Wroot (Lincolnshire) court book 1731-1754; Welton (East Riding of Yorkshire) court roll 1663-1763, court book 1801-1821, court proceedings 1832, 1835, 1839, court steward's minutes 1702-1821; Maps and Plans Ninety-four maps and plans 1711-1911, including Armthorpe 1851, manor of Bamford 1786, Childers estates in Cantley etc 1849 and 1868, Conisbrough tithe 1840, 1848 and 1858, Crowle enclosure 1852, Doncaster (adjacent Chequer lane) 1850, Kirk Smeaton enclosure 1810, Mexborough 1839, Mexborough tithe 1840, Wadworth 1839, Woodyeare estates in manor of Conisbrough 1770 and in Moss 1761; Client Records: Institutions and Organisations; East Retford (Nottinghamshire) parliamentary election 1832, records of the election agent of Sir John Beckett, including poll book and register of electors; Municipal Corporations Bill, 1835 : national committee of opposition 1835; Doncaster Tithe Trust 1700-1905, including minutes of the tithe commutation committee 1804-1905, and the tithe conveyance deed with plans 1821; Commission of Sewers, Level of Hatfield Chase etc., minute books (incomplete series) 1612-1786; Client Records; Anne of Burghwallis 1786-1873; Broadhead-Brinckman (subsequently Baron Monk Bretton), relating to property in Bolton upon Dearne, Goldthorpe and Royston 1557-1918; Browne and Nevile of Skelbrooke 1656-1843, including administration of the Skelbrooke estate 1772-1825, and papers of the commissioners for the Kirk Smeaton (West Yorkshire) enclosure 1808-1811; Childers of Cantley 1602-1917 including manorial records for Auckley 1772-1856 and Brampton (Branton) 1772-1843 (does not include the deeds to the Cantley estate); Cooke of Alverley 1816-1891; Cooke of Owston 1844-1895; Cooke of Wheatley and other members of the Cooke family 1824-1894; Cooke-Yarborough of Campsall 1828-1887 Coulman, 1772-1917, including records relating to Wadworth and Wadworth Hall 1812-1882; Faber, relating to property in Butterwick, Messingham, etc, (Lincolnshire) 1699-1878; Gresham of Barnby Dun 1648-1873, including manorial records for Barnby Grange with Bramwith 1648-1804; Gossip of Hatfield 1792-1860; Harvey of Ickwell Bury (Bedfordshire), relating to property in Finningley, Blaxton and Misson, 1709-1885 including manorial court roll for Wroot 1731-1754; Littlewood, relating to property at Bolton upon Dearne, Fenwick and Norton, 1832-1900; Parker of Streetthorpe (now Edenthorpe) 1711-1896 including Armthorpe manorial records 1605-1896, agreement for the enclosure of the Lower Common 1703 and copy enclosure award 1774; Scholfield of Howden, (East Riding of Yorkshire) 1816-1890; Vavasour, relating to property in Dobb Park, Weston and Askwith [North Yorks] 1761-1841; Woodhouse of Finningley and Owston (Lincolnshire) 1647-1913; Woodyeare of Crookhill (parish of Conisbrough) 1555-1879; Deeds relating to Doncaster places, 17th century - 19th century; Wills probates, copies, drafts (418) 1703-1927

Date: 16th century - 20th century
Held by: Doncaster Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Baxter and Somerville, solicitors of Doncaster

Physical description: 396 boxes + 6 map boxes
Access conditions:

Unless otherwise stated, everything over 30 years old is available for inspection

  • Cooke-Yarborough of Campsall, Yorkshire
  • Baxter, Robert, fl 1824, solicitor, of Doncaster
  • Bright, William, fl 1824, solicitor and town clerk, of Doncaster
  • George, Andrew, St, fl 1995
  • Saint George, Andrew, fl 1995
  • St George, Andrew, fl 1995
  • James I, 1566-1625, King of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Swift, Sir Robert, fl 1605, of Edenthorpe
  • Worrall, Sir, Hugh, fl 1605, of Doncaster and Loversall
  • Beckett, Sir John, fl 1832, of East Retford, Nottinghamshire
  • Anne family of Burghwallis Hall, Yorkshire
  • Broadhead-Brinckman family of Bolton, Yorkshire
  • Brinckman, Broadhead-, family of Bolton, Yorkshire
  • Brown-Nevile family of Skelbrooke, Yorkshire
  • Nevile, Brown-, family of Skelbrooke, Yorkshire
  • Childers family of Cantley, Yorkshire
  • Cooke family of Alverley, Yorkshire
  • Coulman family of Wadworth, Yorkshire
  • Faber family of Butterwick, Lincolnshire
  • Gresham family of Barnby Dun, Yorkshire
  • Gossip family of Hatfield, Yorkshire
  • Harvey family of Ickwell Bury, Bedfordshire
  • Littlewood family of Bolton upon Dearne, Yorkshire
  • Parker family of Edenthorpe, Yorkshire
  • Scholfield family of Howden, Yorkshire
  • Vavasour family of Weston Hall, Weston, Yorkshire
  • Woodhouse family of Finningley and Owston, Lincolnshire
  • Woodyeare family of Crookhill, Yorkshire
  • Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire
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