Summary Information
Title: Ripon, England Documents
Collection Number: SC.1961.01

Collection Dates: 1636-1770
Extent: 1.0 oversized folder

Language: English

The material in this collection is in English and Latin.

The Ripon, England documents consist of 23 English manuscripts, mostly from the town of Ripon, England, which were donated by the English Nationality Room Committee in 1961. Mostly indentures, the manuscripts include mortgages, deeds, bargain and sale transactions, and marriage settlements from 1636 through 1770 with at least one from the reign of each English monarch during that period. All but one are written on parchment.

ULS Special Collections Department
University of Pittsburgh Library System
Hillman Library, Room 363
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

February 2011

Finding aid prepared by Claire Cohen in July 2010.

The Ripon, England Documents, which date 1636-1770, consist of 23 English manuscripts, mostly originating from Ripon, early spelling Rippon, which is located in West Riding, North Yorkshire, England, on the River Ure. The city is roughly 1,300 years old and happens to be one of the smallest cities in England. The town is known primarily for its gothic architecture and the Ripon Cathedral; however, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it was also recognized for its production of spurs.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Ripon, England Documents (1636-1770) include a total of 23 documents that convey legal transactions such as indentures, deeds, marriage settlements, wills, and mortgages from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Ripon, England. Many of the documents include wax seals and tax postage stamps; however the earlier documents are without postage stamps. Many of the documents are handwritten on parchment while only one is written on paper. There is at least one document from the reign of each English monarch during this time period. Two of the documents are written in Latin; the one dated 1636 is in both English and Latin, while the rest are written in English. Only one document uses a printed form in which the persons, date, etc. are written in.

The greater part of the documents are indentures, frequently of the "bargain and sale" type. There are several mortgages, one marriage settlement, a will, and an apppointment of a minor official. This latter document is rather interesting: the appointment of the under steward of the Courts of Leets and Barron, by William Grosvenor, Land Steward for the Duke of Devonshire in 1710. Another document of interest was signed and sealed by William Ward, "Commissary of the Exchequor Court" of the Lord Archbishop of York, and gives the widow of a man who died intestate the administrative rights to his goods, chattels, and "cattels", etc. This occured in 1740 and women's rights to property bore no similarity to those they hold today.

Subject Terms

  • Deeds -- England -- Ripon
  • Land tenure -- England -- Ripon
  • Land titles -- England -- Ripon
  • Legal instruments -- England -- Ripon
  • Marriage settlements -- England -- Ripon
  • Mortgages -- England -- Ripon
  • Trust indentures -- England -- Ripon
  • Wills -- England -- Ripon

Corporate Names
  • English Classroom (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. English Nationality Room Committee.

Personal Names
  • Braithwaite, Christopher
  • Chambers, William
  • Crandall, Richard
  • Craven, Thomas
  • Evans, Thomas
  • Grimston, Thomas
  • Grosvenor, William
  • Lister, Charles
  • Midgty, Sam
  • Moore, William
  • Northrop, Jane
  • Oxley, Charles
  • Pickering, Elma
  • Pincknoy, Ruth
  • Preston, Mary
  • Smithson, Christopher

  • Ripon (England)
  • Ripon (England) -- History -- 17th century
  • Ripon (England) -- History -- 18th century

  • Deeds
  • Indentures
  • Legal documents
  • Mortgages
  • Wills

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

The English Nationality Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh presented the Ripon, England documents to the University Library System on May 11, 1961. The documents had been given to the English Room Committee by Mrs. Elma Pickering, a member.

Preferred Citation:

Ripon, England Documents, 1636-1770, SC.1961.01, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Claire Cohen in July 2010.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Collection Inventory
Map-case 1 Mortgage, 1636
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1638?
Map-case 1 Mortgage, 1655
Map-case 1 Document, 1710
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1661
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1687
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1697
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1703
Map-case 1 Will, 1712?
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1714
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1723
Map-case 1 Unknown, 1730
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1730
Map-case 1 Will, 1732
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1737
Map-case 1 Note, 1740
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1742
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1742
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1752
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1760
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1765
Map-case 1 Indenture, 1770
Map-case 1 Unknown, unknown