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Papers of the Assheton Family of Middleton
Papers of the Assheton Family of Middleton
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Surveys of Middleton Manor 1511-1763, court rolls of the manor of Middleton 1515-1635, papers of the Manor of Radcliffe 1553-1663, papers of the Steward of Middleton Court 1599-1760,Title deeds: The whole estate 1197-1791, Middleton 13th C-1768, Thornham 1303-1744, Birtle c.1221-1717, Pilsworth 13th C-1665, Ainsworth 13th C-1728, the Advowson and Glebe of Middleton 1474-1731, properties in Lancashire 13th C-1766, property in Yorkshire 13th century-1761Legal papers 1366-1786, pardons and commissions 1460-1740, papers of the Assheton Family of Lever, Downham and Whalley 1517-1651, rentals for Ainsworth, Radcliffe, Thornham, Pilsworth, Middleton, and Birtle 1592-1837, personal papers of Lady Anne Assheton and Sir Ralph Assheton 1666-1726, surveys, estate maps and valuations 1720-1785, estate accounts 1766-1837, estate correspondence to and from Harbord Harbord, later Lord Suffield 1767-1822, volume of drawings by George Steuart for a possible market house in Middleton, LancashireLanguage: English, French, and LatinRelated Material:Suffield Papers, held at Norfolk Record Office (GB153)Letter books of the Assheton family of Middleton. Household affairs, breeding of horses, leases of property, receipts etc 1648-1715 (GB418.Mun.A.3(2) 90-91) held at Chethams LibraryRecords of the Egerton Family, Earls of Wilton, of Heaton Hall 1293-1961 (GB124.E4) held at Greater Manchester County Record Office.Place:/Middleton/Lancashire/England/Lancashire/England/Deane/Lancashire/England
Papers of the Assheton Family of Middleton
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The Asshetons held Middleton Manor from 1483. Before the Asshetons it was held by the de Middleton family and then the de Barton family. In 1483 Ralph Ashton, son of Sir John Ashton of Ashton under Lyne, held Middleton Manor in right of his wife Margery de Barton, heir of Richard de Barton. By the 1560's the Ashton's also held the Manor of Radcliffe. By the end of the sixteenth century the spelling of the surname had changed to Assheton. In 1660 Ralph Assheton was created Baronet. The third and last Baronet of Middleton died leaving two daughters and co-heirs; Mary,the elder sister married Harbord Harbord in 1760, the first Baron Suffield, and her sister Eleanor married Thomas Egerton, first Earl of Wilton. In 1773 the Assheton's estates were divided amonst the co-heirs, the Harbord portion being disposed of in the mid nineteenth century.
Purchased from B Weinreb Ltd, London and received on 2 April 1981, accession number 819; received from Irelend Chartered Surveyors, Aylsham, agents for the trustees of the Gunton Park Estate, via Norfolk Record Office on 21 July 1981, accession number 851; received from Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service on 25 April 1986, accession number 1251
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