The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire
The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire
A Major Collection of pre 1828 Pedigrees, Charters, Documents, Deeds & Wills

Part of the PCC Will of Adam Wolley

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.
    Please 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".
    Excerpts from both books are on various webpages of the Matlock section of this website.

  • 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
    Go 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).
The Wolley Manuscripts,
Surnames A - B
Surnames C - F
Surnames G - L
Surnames M - P
Surnames R - S
Surnames T - Z
Places A - B (& misc)
Places C - E
Places F - L
Places M - R
Places S - T
Places W - Y
Wills A - K
Wills L - W
The Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock
Part of the Matlock OPS. The Matlock section is more detailed.
More Info (under Matlock):
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My very grateful thanks go to Jane Steer for her invaluable help and support with the material from the DASJ.
* DASJ Vol XXXVII, Jan 1911 Volumes 6666 - 6670
* DASJ Vol XXXIV, 1912 Volumes 6666 - 6675
* DASJ, 1913 Volumes 6687 - 6704, with notes on the remaining volumes