Fonds GB 0210 PITORD - Pitchford Hall (Ottley) Papers

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Pitchford Hall (Ottley) Papers


  • [c. 1150]-1949 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

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

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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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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.

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Scope and content

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

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'].

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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

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin

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Language and script notes

English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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.

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Related units of description

Pitchford (1983 Purchase) ['Pitchford MSS'] 122-124 are catalogued separately, having been transferred to NLW Dept of Maps & Prints, where they are numbered Pitchford [Maps] 39-40 and 38 respectively. A very small group of further papers relating to the Ottley family of the West Indies, is NLW, Ottley Additional.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.


Previous title: Pitchford Hall; Ottley Correspondence; Ottley Papers; and Pitchford MSS.

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2002.


  • English



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).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Mair James.

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