fonds UL7 - Records of Newman Barton, pawnbroker of Thorne

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Records of Newman Barton, pawnbroker of Thorne


  • 1912-1949 (Creation)

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0.07 cubic metres

3 boxes

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Biographical history

Newman Barton was born in 1864 in Staincross, Yorkshire, the son of Andrew Barton, a stone mason, and his wife Sarah Ann. By 1881 he was working as a pawnbroker’s apprentice, He married Sarah Jane Ellis in 1888 and the couple settled in Mexborough where Newman worked for some years as a clothier and boot dealer.

Some time between 1897 and 1901 he moved to Doncaster and established himself in his previous trade of pawnbroker. The 1901 census records him and his wife and children living in Oxford Place, where they remained until at least 1939. By 1911 two of Newman’s sons, Andrew and George, had joined the family business as pawnbroker’s assistants.

By 1922 Newman’s business spanned several properties. The Kelly’s Directory of that year lists three shops, at 14, 16 and 18 Finkle Street, Thorne, at 123 St Sepulchre-gate, Doncaster, and at 54 Doncaster Road, Barnsley.

Newman Barton retired prior to 1939 and died at Thorne in 1946.

Archival history

This archive forms part of the University Library Manuscripts collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute at an unknown date.

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Scope and content

Records of articles pawned, 1912-1947; memo pad containing details of payments made by Newton Barton, 1923; and receipt book, 1947-1949.


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. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

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.

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  • English

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

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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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Created by S. A. Shearn, 04.04.17.




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