Information for "The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire"
has been extracted by the webmistress from a series of articles written
by Rev. Charles J. Cox, LL.D., F.S.A. and published in the Journals
of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (DASJ)*.
To assist your research the material is presented alphabetically here,
rather than as it was first published, and has been divided into several
sections, so you can search by place, surname or will.
- Cox presented what he described as a "general analysis of the
results of Mr. Wolley's labours." The Mr. Wolley whom Cox wrote
of was Mr. Adam Wolley of Riber whose document collection this
was. He bequeathed the Manuscripts to the British Museum in his Will.
see About the Manuscripts, in the Matlock section of this website,
for more information.
- Cox had begun his research almost forty years before the articles
appeared in the DASJ, "for the purpose of my then contemplated
work on the churches of the county". He made "no claim for
completeness", only aiming at giving "the more salient points
and always omiting entries which seemed to have no relationship to
the county." Cox refers to his other books in the text - Notes
on the Churches of Derbyshire (4 vols) and "Three Centuries
of Derbyshire Annals, as Illustrated by the Records of the Quarter
Sessions of the County of Derby from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Victoria".
from both books are on various webpages of the Matlock section of
- Extracts from the manuscripts for Matlock are also published in the
Matlock section. They generally give more detail than Cox, and are
from than the Catalogue of Derbyshire's County Hall Local Studies
Library. Where Matlock extracts are referred to in the Derbyshire
section, there's a link to the full information
to extracts from the manuscripts for Matlock
- There is no material in Cox's extracts from Volumes 6676 to 6686 being the manuscripts relating to the Derbyshire lead mining industry (although the sections relative to Matlock are published onsite as they are
from a different source).