- [c. 1150]-1949 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1.886 cubic metres (120 boxes, 43 volumes, 3 bundles, 1 wallet)
Name of creator
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.
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.
Content and structure area
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'].
Conditions of access and use area
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
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
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.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds.
Previous title: Pitchford Hall; Ottley Correspondence; Ottley Papers; and Pitchford MSS.
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Place access points
Name access points
- Pitchford Hall estate(England) -- Archives (Subject)
- Church in Wales. Diocese of St. Davids (Subject)
- Ottley, Adam, 1653-1723 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Ottley, Adam, 1685-1752 -- Correspondence (Subject)
- Willis, Browne, 1682-1760 -- Correspondence. (Subject)
- Liverpool, Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, Earl of, 1784-1851 (Subject)
- Ottley, Adam, 1653-1723 (Subject)
- Ottley, Adam, 1685-1752 (Subject)
- Willis, Browne, 1682-1760 (Subject)
- Ottley family, of Pitchford Hall -- Archives. (Subject)
- Cotes family, of Pitchford Hall -- Archives. (Subject)
- Jenkinson family, of Pitchford Hall -- Archives. (Subject)
- Cotes family, of Pitchford Hall (Subject)
- Jenkinson family, of Pitchford Hall (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
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).
Compiled by Mair James.