The collection of Bishop Foley [collection reference: DDFY], Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster (1962-1985), is a varied one reflecting not only his faith and work, but also his interest in Catholic history and travels to Italy. An intriguing inclusion to the collection is a series of letters written by Thomas Clarkson, a Catholic priest at Coppull, near Chorley. At the age of eleven, Thomas went away to school and during this time kept in touch with his parents and siblings through letters home. The letters chronicle his studies at school, his time at the seminary preparing for his ordination, up to his second posting in Weld Bank & Coppull, where he stayed until his death in 1952. It isn't clear how Thomas' letters to his family came into the possession of Bishop Foley, or if there was any connection between the two priests, but their survival is unusual and highlights the types of letters which many children at boarding schools must have written home.
DDFY: Bishop B C Foley, 1725-1999
Papers of Bishop Brian Charles Foley (1910-1999), Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster (1962-1985), including research papers and correspondence relating to 'The Cause of the English Martyrs', 1960-1982; research papers and correspondence relating to Father Godfrey Anstruther & his research for 'The Seminary Priests', 1960s-1980s; notes relating to Ann Fenwick, 20th cent; research papers, drafts and correspondence relating to 'Portraits of Penal Times', c1990s; copies of masses & talks, 1962-1990; correspondence files, 1965-1999; Lancashire Infirm Secular Clergy Fund papers, 1827-1970; Catholic Archives Society papers, 1978-1985; Catholic Record Society papers, 1929-1977 & Roman diaries, 1931-1937
MBCO: Colne Municipal Borough Council: additional records, 1881-1974
Letter books, 1881-1974; rate books, 1860-1960; valuation lists, 1921-1934; financial records, 1910-1967 & overseers of the Poor papers. 1843-1894
DDX 1269: Amalgamated Association of Beamers, Twisters and Drawers (Hand and Machine): additional records, 1893-1984
Blackburn, Nelson, Burnley & Colne branches including collecting books, 1963-1982; financial records, 1913-1982; members contribution books, 1893-1980 & minute books, 1895-1981
DDX 1742: Baldwin, Weeks & Baldwin, Solicitors of Clitheroe, 1647–1957
Records of Baldwin, Weeks & Baldwin (before 1897 called Baldwin, Hall & Weeks). Mainly 19th & early 20th century correspondence, deeds, legal papers, plans, day books & accounts. Includes Aspinall trust, 1856-1859; Aspinall v Mitchel relating to pollution of the River Ribble, 1878-1880; Colonel Starkie v Padiham Local Board re. Padiham waterworks, 1881-1884; day books, 1863-1921; Diggle v Blezard, 1896-1897; disputed election at Clitheroe, 1852-1853; Dr Thomas Walshman trust, 1840-1894; E&J Crabtree Ltd, Clitheroe, 1919-1925; Elizabeth Croasdale, Fleetwood, 1890-1905; Elizabeth Dewhurst estate, 1900; Elizabeth Slater, 1869-1873; Fletcher v Watson, 1873; Gocher trustees, 1870-1893; Henry Hall estate, 1845-1880; Hindle v Sabden Printing Co., 1909; John Atherton estate, New Hold, Accrington, 1842-1876; John Cowman, Clitheroe, estate 1914-1936; Kirkmam v Tremellen, 1892-1895; Old Hold estate, Accrington, 1841-1871; Peter Ormerod estate, 1865-1867; Riley v Ormerod, Higher Rose Grove, 1864-1872; Sager v Atherton, 1870; sales notices, 1903-1933; Sir Henry Wilson Worsley-Taylor, 1925-1927; Skipton Auction Mart Co., 1902-1941; Smith v Bracewell, 1887-1888; Starkie v Hindle & others, 1883-1885; Taylor v Atherton, 1878; Thomas Noble probate, 1906-1911 & William Turner estate, 1840s-1859.
As a result of several changes in ownership, the collection is extremely muddled and the original order of the records has been lost. For the most part the records are not bundled or grouped in any way and are simply loose in the boxes so an attempt has been made to summarise the main contents of each box. However, items relating to individual cases and people can be found in multiple boxes.
DDX 2655: Shaws of Darwen, c1890s-1990
Records of Shaw's of Darwen (terracotta, glazed brick and ceramic sink manufacturers), originally the Shaws Glazed Brick Company Ltd, established in 1897. Includes minutes, 1984-1988; financial records, 1927-1970; order book, 1926-1928; draughting book, 1936; correspondence, 1963-1987; catalogues, 1932-1976; photographs, c1960s-1970s & plans, 1988-1989
DDBU: Buck & Dickson, Solicitors of Preston, c1552-1930
Mainly 19th century deeds, correspondence, legal papers, minutes of evidence, plans, receipts, sale posters & agreements, including estates of Cornelius Bourne of Stalmine Hall, 1714-1854; James Caunce of Preston, 1821-1890; Joseph Briggs Dickson of Preston, 1744-1890; Christopher Bland Walker & John Grimshaw Walker of Preston, 1818-1878 & Preston Corporation Ribble Navigation Scheme, 1883-1889
DDM: Molyneux, Earls of Sefton: additional records, 1662-1963
Deeds & legal papers concerning properties in Aintree, Altcar, Bootle, Bretherton, Cronton, Ditton, Fazakerley, Ford, Formby, Grange, Great Crosby, Halsall, Hightown station, Ince Blundell, Kirkby, Knowsley, Litherland, Lunt, Lydiate, Melling cum Cunscough, Netherton, Orrell, Sefton, Simonswood, Tarbock, Thornton, Toxteth Park, Walton on the Hill, Warbreck, Waterloo with Seaforth, Wavertree, West Derby & Whiston including Grove House Estate, Harrison's Farm in Gill Moss, Rycroft House Estate, Town Row in West Derby, Lunt House, Homers Green in Thornton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Richard Richmond property in Thornton, Park Stile Farm & Stone Bridge Farm in West Derby. Also Altcar tenants toll exemption papers, 1906-1912; Toxteth Park rentals, 1802-1866; marriage settlement between Charles William, Lord Molyneux, and Lady Isabella Stanhope, 1768-1771 & settlement of estate of Earl of Sefton, 1834.
DDX 116: K H Docton Collection: additional records, 1809-1929
Plans of lands and property in Ashton with Stodday, Barnacre with Bonds, Barrow-in-Furness, Blackburn, Bold, Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Caton, Chistlehurst, Church, Claughton, Cockerham, Dalton, Egton cum Newland, Ellel, Elswick, Forton, Galgate, Goosnargh, Great Eccleston, Halton, Hawkshead, Heysham, Holleth, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster, Lytham, Morecambe, Moss Dale, Myerscough, Nateby, Nether Kellet, Nether Wyresdale, New Accrington, Newchurch, Old Accrington, Ormskirk, Oswaldtwistle, Over Kellet, Over Wyersdale, Poulton le Fylde, Poulton le Sands, Preesall, Quernmore, Roeburndale, Scotforth, Skerton, Stalmine, Tatham, Thornton, Torrisholme, Ulverston & Woodplumpton
Drawing of details of a bar front, 1903 [DDX 116: K H Docton collection]
Thanks to funding provided by the Friends, work has started on a project to improve the descriptions of many collections held by the Archive. The project builds on from a previous survey project, undertaken in 2019-2020, which identified nearly 9,000 locations in the Archive strongrooms for which there is currently no information available in Calm/LANCAT. So, while there is a record of where the locations are and what collection they belong to, it is a bit of a mystery what is actually stored there or what it consists of.
Whilst the large number of locations to be listed means that detailed cataloguing will not be possible in most instances, the aim is to provide enough description to enable searchers to identify whether the material may be of interest to them. The project will also help to identify further work needed on collections, repackaging needs and possible volunteer projects, which should all help to inform future workstreams in the Archives.
Keep an eye on this blog for reports on progress, collections which have been listed and for items of interest which have been found along the way. Below is the front cover of a 1932 Olympia Show exhibition brochure for Shaws of Darwen, manufacturers of terracotta, glazed brick and ceramic sinks [collection: DDX 2655].