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Papers relating to Norton Hall, South Yorkshire

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS 226

Scope and Contents

Manuscript legal documents, correspondence, and notes relating to Norton Hall, and to other land holdings and genealogy of the Offley and Shore families.

The bulk of the collection consists of circa 100 land leases and other legal documents including marriage contracts, wills, and military commissions, most on parchment, most dated 1605-1768, with a few dated 1584-1896.

Papers documenting political philosophy and the practice of law during the Restoration period include an account book, 1670-1721, with entries listing income and detailed personal and household expenses of Middle Temple barrister Robert Offley (1634-1678), 1670-circa 1676, and his brother, Middle Temple barrister Joseph Offley (-1721), 1678-1721; and a commonplace book titled “Politica et historica,” in an unidentified 17th-century hand, possibly also by Robert Offley, with undated entries in English and Latin, most relating to philosophy, politics, government, and religion, with extensive extracts from Machiavelli, Bacon, and other 16th-17th-century authors.

Other papers, 18th-19th centuries, include correspondence and notes, 1720-1760s, most relating to land holdings of Samuel Shore (1738-1828) and his brother-in-law Francis Edmunds, 1760s, including Norton Hall and manors in Essex and Suffolk; memoirs of members of the Shore family about an Offley family inheritance dispute in 1754; and a printed catalog and map for sale of Norton Hall estate, 1850, with annotations in unidentified hands.

Other correspondence, notes, and genealogical tables, circa 1880s-1910s, document genealogy research by Offley Bohun Stovin Fairless Shore (1863-1922), his father, Offley Bohun Shore (1839-1911), and his uncle, Harrington Offley Shore (1833-1908), including research on Norton Hall, the Clarke, Offley, Shore, and related families, and the Shore family relationship to John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth (1751-1854) and to Florence Nightingale (1820-1910).

A few items relate to P. E. Davis Limited, a home furnishing business in Oxford, England, 1930s, including business and financial records of Margery Morris Davis, Percy Edwin Davis, and Percy William Davis, and photographs of two unidentified people, circa 1930s.

Dates

  • 1584-1943
  • Majority of material found within 1605 - 1912

Language of Materials

Mostly in English; some materials in Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Series III. Legal documents (boxes 6-14): Restricted material. May not be seen without the permission of the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Dean Cooke Rare Books on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2021.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Offley family papers, 1630-1754. II. Shore family papers, circa 1600-1912. III. Legal documents, 1584-1896. IV. Papers relating to P. E. Davis Limited, 1924-1943.

Extent

6.76 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.nortonhall

Overview

Manuscript legal documents, correspondence, and notes relating to Norton Hall, and to other land holdings and genealogy of the Offley and Shore families.

The bulk of the collection consists of circa 100 land leases and other legal documents including marriage contracts, wills, and military commissions, most on parchment, most dated 1605-1768, with a few dated 1584-1896.

Papers documenting political philosophy and the practice of law during the Restoration period include an account book, 1670-1721, with entries listing income and detailed personal and household expenses of Middle Temple barrister Robert Offley (1634-1678), 1670-circa 1676, and his brother, Middle Temple barrister Joseph Offley (-1721), 1678-1721; and a commonplace book titled “Politica et historica,” in an unidentified 17th-century hand, possibly also by Robert Offley, with undated entries in English and Latin, most relating to philosophy, politics, government, and religion, with extensive extracts from Machiavelli, Bacon, and other 16th-17th-century authors.

Other papers, 18th-19th centuries, include correspondence and notes, 1720-1760s, most relating to land holdings of Samuel Shore (1738-1828) and his brother-in-law Francis Edmunds, 1760s, including Norton Hall and manors in Essex and Suffolk; memoirs of members of the Shore family about an Offley family inheritance dispute in 1754; and a printed catalog and map for sale of Norton Hall estate, 1850, with annotations in unidentified hands.

Biographical / Historical

Norton Hall was a country house and estate, 11th-19th centuries, in the traditional county of Derbyshire, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Owners of Norton Hall included members of the Clarke family, 1668-1695, the Offley family, 1695-1759, and the Shore family, 1759-1850. Since the 1920s, parts of the former estate have been acquired by Graves Park, a city park in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Family members represented in the papers include:

Offley family

1) Robert Offley (-1625) married (1588/9) Anne Osborne Offley (-1653/4).

-----2) John Offley (1592/3-1667) married Elizabeth Moore Offley (1604-1678).

-----------3) Robert Offley (1634-1678), Bencher of the Middle Temple, married (1661) Elizabeth Best Wynne Offley.

-----------3) Joseph Offley (-1721), Bencher of the Middle Temple and member of Parliament for Rye, 1698-1702. Inherited Norton Hall from Robert Offley (1640-1717).

-----2) Stephen Offley married (1635) Ursula Clarke, sister of Cornelius Clarke (-1696) and heir of Norton Hall.

-----------3) Robert Offley (1640-1717) married Mary Burton Offley (1647-1704).

----------------4) Stephen Offley (1671-1727), High Sheriff of Derbyshire (1716-) married (1700) Ulrith Smyth (1681-1711). Inherited Norton Hall from Joseph Offley (-1721).

---------------------5) Joseph Offley (1702-1751) married (1732) Mary Bohun (1702/3-1740).

-------------------------6) Edmund Offley (1732/3-1754).

Inheritance dispute:


Edmund Offley (1732/3-1754), estranged from his nonconformist father’s executors, made a will leaving Norton Hall to Reverend George Carr, English Episcopal Congregation, Edinburgh. After Offley’s death, the dispute was resolved in favor of his sisters:


Urith Offley (1737-1781) married (1759) Samuel Shore (1738-1828).

Hannah Maria Offley (-1805) married (1767) Francis Edmunds.

Shore family

1) Samuel Shore (1738-1828) married (1759) Urith Offley Shore (1737-1781). Deputy lieutenant, Derby militia. Rebuilt Norton Hall estate, including a house extant in 2021.

-----2) Samuel Shore (1761-1836) married (1788) Harriet Fitz-Walter Foye (1760-1826). Lieutenant, Norton Volunteer Corps, 1803-1810.

-----------3) Offley Shore (1797-1870) married (1832) Elizabeth Brewin Shore (1802-1872). Entered Shore pedigree at College of Arms, 1837. Sold Norton Hall estate, 1850.

----------------4) Offley Bohun Shore (1839-1911) married (1861) Anna Maria Leishman.

---------------------5) Offley Bohun Stovin Fairless Shore (1863-1922) married Caroline Perry Sinnickson (1870-1957).

----------------4) Harrington Offley Shore (1833-1908).

The Shore family was related to:


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), through a sister-in-law of Samuel Shore (1738-1828).


Possibly related to John Shore, 1st Baron Teignmouth (1751-1854), governor-general of Bengal, 1793-1798.

Sources:

Addy, S. O. “A contribution towards a history of Norton, in Derbyshire.” In: Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. volume II (1880 January), pages 2-27.

British history online. “Norton”.

British listed buildings (website).“Norton Hall Hospital with Colonnade and Orangery”.

Dwyer Laye (archived genealogy website). “Florence Nightingale’s Shore family, from perspective of Shores of Norton Hall/Meersbrook”.

Hunter, Joseph. A true account of the alienation and recovery of the estates of the Offleys of Norton in 1754, with remarks on the version of the story by the author of “Tremaine” and “De Vere” (London: Pickering, 1841). The title refers to fictionalized versions in novels of Robert Plumer Ward (1765-1846).

Soc.genealoy.medieval (website). “Shute/Offley” (newsgroup thread).
Title
Guide to Papers relating to Norton Hall, South Yorkshire
Status
Completed
Author
Karen Spicher
Date
2021 June
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