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Pitchford Hall (Ottley) Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PITORD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Pitchford Hall (Ottley) Papers

Short Title: Pitchford Hall (Ottley) Papers

Creation date(s): [c. 1150]-1949

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.886 cubic metres (120 boxes, 43 volumes, 3 bundles, 1 wallet)

Name of creator(s): Ottley, Cotes and Jenkinson families of Pitchford Hall


Administrative/Biographical history: The Ottley family held the manor of Pitchford from 1473 to 1807. Thirteen generations of the Ottleys of Pitchford ended with the death of Adam Ottley (1745-1807), a few weeks after the death of his father, Thomas in 1807. The estate then passed by will to Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool. The 3rd Earl died without male issue and the estate was divided up between his three daughters. Pitchford passed to his youngest daughter, Louisa (1814-1887) who married John Cotes (1799-1874). On his death, Pitchford passed to his second son, Charles James Cotes. He died unmarried and Pitchford passed to his sister, Victoria Alexandria (1840-1918), who married secondly Lieut-General Sir Robert Grant (1837-1904). On Victoria's death, Sir Charles Grant became the owner of Pitchford.


Scope and content/abstract: Family and estate papers of the family of Ottley of Pitchford Hall, Shropshire, of Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, 3rd Earl of Liverpool (1784-1851), and later of the Cotes family, including extensive correspondence, 1684- c. 1793, mostly centered on Adam Ottley (1653-1723), bishop of St Davids, and Adam Ottley (1685-1752), registrar of St Davids, including a series of letters from Browne Willis (1682-1760), 1716-1723, and some civil war correspondence and literary papers, 16 cent.-18 cent; estate papers, mainly deeds relating to Pitchford Hall, Salop, mainly in the areas of Bridgnorth and Pitchford, with some lands in adjoining counties, c. 1150-1820; including almost a thousand medieval deeds.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin.

System of arrangement: Arranged into Ottley (Pitchford Hall MSS and Documents); Ottley (Pitchford Hall) Correspondence; Ottley (Pitchford Hall) Estate; and Pitchford (1983 Purchase) ['Pitchford MSS']. Ottley (Pitchford Hall MSS and Documents) and Ottley (Pitchford Hall) Estate arranged chronologically; Ottley (Pitchford Hall) Correspondence arranged by recipient and alphabetically within date order; Pitchford (1983 Purchase) ['Pitchford MSS'] arranged according to provenance.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues under the former titles, Pitchford Hall Documents, Ottley Papers and Ottley Correspondence, are available at NLW and HMC. The HMC produced a report in 1963 which contains details relating to the 1983 Purchase.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Sir Charles J.C. Grant, Pitchford Hall, between December 1932 and 1945, and converted into a donation in 1945. A further group was purchased in 1983.


Related material: A very small group of further papers relating to the Ottley family of the West Indies, is NLW, Ottley Additional.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Previously called Pitchford Hall Documents; Ottley Correspondence; Ottley Papers; and Pitchford MSS.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Mair James. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: A Victoria county history of Shropshire, vol III & vol VIII, (London, 1979 & London, 1968); Jones, E.D., 'The Ottley Papers', National Library of Wales Journal, vol. IV, (1945-46).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2002

Cotes family, | of Pitchford Hall | Archives
Estate administration | England | Shropshire
Great Britain | History | Civil War, 1642-1649
Ottley family, | of Pitchford Hall | Archives
Ottley, Adam, | 1653-1723 | Correspondence
Ottley, Adam, | 1685-1752 | Correspondence
Pitchford Hall Estate (England) | Archives
Willis, Browne, | 1682-1760 | Correspondence

Personal names
Cotes family , of Pitchford Hall
Liverpool , Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson , 1784-1851 , Earl of
Ottley , Adam , 1653-1723
Ottley , Adam , 1685-1752
Ottley family , of Pitchford Hall
Willis , Browne , 1682-1760

Corporate names
Pitchford Hall Estate (England)


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