Accounts are often not seen as the most interesting or accessible of records (especially for those of us who are not great with numbers), and make unlikely bedtime reading for most. However, information about income and expenditure, whether it be for businesses, organisations or individuals, can often provide fascinating insights into their subjects. Estate & household account books are no exception and provide snapshots in time of the workings of landed estates and the lives of the people who lived and worked on them.
Another unexpected find in the de Trafford of Trafford collection [ref: DDTR] has been an account book for Cooke & Beever, a solicitors firm based in Salford. Members of the de Trafford family were customers of the firm (hence the connection to the de Trafford estate collection), but the volume also covers work undertaken for other clients, one of whom was Chetham's Hospital (or School) in Manchester.
DDTR - de Trafford of Trafford collection (part one)
Around 170 boxes (out of a total of 700) have now been completed. It is difficult to easily summarise them, but a basic list is below.
Barton upon Irwell manorial records, 1676-1872
Stretford Manor manorial records, 1686-1862
Bollin cum Norcliffe manorial records, 1636-1872
Deeds relating to properties in Cheshire, 1600-1836
Deeds relating to Barton upon Irwell, 1563-1838
Stretford leases, 1561-1949
Barton upon Irwell leases, 1626-1946
Mawdesley leases, 1603-1820
Pilling, leases 1615-1760
Deeds relating to Bradfield, Norfolk, 1723-1849