fonds PL - Place Deeds and Papers

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Place Deeds and Papers


  • 1545-1889 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.18 cubic metres

9 boxes

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Name of creator

(fl 1784-)

Biographical history

The Place family’s connection to Skelton began in 1784 when the Skelton manor and estates were divided into four lots and sold following the death of the last direct heir of the Brook line who had held the property since 1654. Two of the lots were subsequently purchased by Mary Place, the widow of Thomas Place who had been Clerk of the Peace for West Yorkshire.

At her death c.1807 the Skelton manor and estates passed to her son Edward Place and at some point between 1807 and 1817 he built a house there, Skelton Grange. In 1787 Edward had married Lady Anne Gordon, the third daughter of the Earl of Aberdeen and he would later acquire the Lochdochart and Crianlarich estates in Perthshire, Scotland.

Edward Place died c.1843 and the estate passed to his son Edward Gordon Place who rebuilt the Grange in 1866 following a fire.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by the Place family in 1969.

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Scope and content

Papers relating to the manor and estate of Skelton, including deeds, 1545-1889, rentals and accounts, 1808-1824, survey by Henry Bewlay, 1742, list of fields, tenants and acreage, n.d., sketchmap of road to Skelton landing, n.d., tracing of a plan of an estate at Skelton, 1844, plan of the manor and estate of Rawcliffe in the townships of Clifton, Rawcliffe and Skelton, 1848; probate documents and settlements relating to the families of Lovell, Brooke and Place, 1633-1843.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 06.05.15.




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