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Repository Cheshire Record Office
Level Collection (Fonds)
Reference ZCR 63
Title J P Earwaker Collection and Manuscripts
Date c 1191-1897
Description The collection comprises Earwaker's notes and transcripts relating to his published works as well as manuscripts collected by him. The latter include manuscripts relating to the Done, Crewe and Arderne families, 1359-1795; historical collections of the seventeenth century Cheshire gentry, for example John Booth of Twemlow (1584-1659) and William Davenport of Bramhall; court rolls and other documents relating to Macclesfield; and drawings and plans of the second Eaton Hall by William Porden (c.1755-1822). There are also pedigree rolls of such families as Booth of Dunham Massey, Gamull of Chester and Bradshawe of Bradshawe.
Extent 126 volumes, 7 rolls, 778 documents, 173 bundles,110 plans and drawings, 13 other items
Administrative History John Parsons Earwaker (1847-95) had a particular interest in the history of Cheshire and Lancashire and acquired a large collection of printed books and manuscripts relating to both counties. In 1878, he helped to found the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire; was Honorary Editorial Secretary of the Chester Archaeological Society, 1887-92; and also served on the councils of the Chetham Society, the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire and the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society. Earwaker's published works include East Cheshire: Past and Present, 1877 and 1880; History of the Ancient Parish of Sandbach, 1890; and History of the Church and Parish of St. Mary on the Hill, Chester, 1898. He also contributed articles to various journals. The Cheshire material acquired by Earwaker was purchased after his death by the first Duke of Westminster, who presented it to the Chester Archaeological Society in 1898.
Related Material Abstracts and transcripts of charters of the Grosvenor family of Eaton, made by William Beamont, which formed part of the Earwaker collection, have for convenience been listed separately under the reference ZCR 64.
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