Document referenceZTJ
TitlePICKARD AND PECKITT RECORDS
DescriptionMoor family of Oswaldkirk records including deeds relating to Oswaldkirk 1682-1750, Byland Abbey 1592-1732, Rosedale 1647-1740, Farndale 1626-1681, miscellaneous papers 1670-1717.
Thompson family records relating to Brotherton 1735, Settrinton 1724-1748, Baildon and Bingley 1701-1723, York 1665; personal papers of Leonard Pickard as executor of Edward Thompson 1742 and as executor of Mrs Mary Thompson 1784.
Estates of the Talbot and Ward families in Northallerton 1681-1741, Warlaby 1685-1689, Thrintoft 1678, Carlton in Cleveland 1595, Thirsk and Sowerby 1625-1695, Bagby 1564-1790, Seamer in Cleveland 1682, Stokesley 1713, Staveley 1762, York 1747, South Holme 1703-1831; papers of Reverend Robert Fish 1731.
Papers of Robert Ward, agent to the Duke of Newcastle 1684-1708.
Ward family papers including rentals of South Holme, Slingsby, Erre Holme, Knaresborough and Stokesley 1701, Newby, Ayton Stokesley, Tanton, Bagby, Sowerby, Slingsby, South Holme, Airy Holme, Swinton, Ryeton, Staveley, Hammerton and Poolbridge 1774; wills of Dr William Ward 1749; account and receipt for sheep, hay and implements purchased by Leonard Pickard 1773; abstracts of deeds 1774.
Records of the Talbot family of Wood End, Thornton le Street 1650.
Letters and papers relating to the Ward and Talbot families 1746-1791.
Lady Fagg's estate records 1777-1794 including wills and codicils, receipts, vouchers, accounts and sale particulars.
Dorothy Mott's trust records 1770-1792.
Ann Fowler's trust records 1759.
Miscellaneous deeds and papers including deeds relating to Ayton 1481, Deighton 1706, Dromonby 1670, Farnham and Scotton 1598-1723, Foxholes 1690-1707, Kirby Misperton 1650, Kirby Overblow 1666, Knapton 1611-1729, Monk Fryston 1687, Ormesby 1379, Little Ouseburn 1714, Shopton 1684, Staveley 1694; Askham Richard Enclosure Act 1812-1813.
Papers of Leonard Pickard, Steward of York City 1771-1780.
Records of the Archbishop of York's estates 1750-1783.
Documents relating to York 1594-1848.
Papers of Leonard Pickard as agent for Mrs Ann Bell of Eskrick 1783.
Papers relating to Leonard Pickard 1790-1802.
Papers of Reverend Thomas Pickard 1768-1793.
Papers of Reverend WL Pickard 1810-1852 covering Bishopthorpe, Rufforth, All Saints North Street, Crambe and Huttons Ambo.
Mary Pickard records 1768.
An Pickard records 1821.
Pickard pedigree 1859.
Printed pamphlets, leaflets and newspapers 1806-1869 including a few thoughts on the general effects of influenza; resolutions of Society for aiding the labouring classes in Thirsk and neighbourhood; rules of the Blue Coat Boys' and Grey Coat Girls' charity schools.
Prints, drawings and scrapbooks 1779 including prints of Rothwell Church, Ackworth Church, Hemsworth Church, Bradfield Church, Ardsley Hall, Dunnington Church, Sutton on Derwent Church, Holtby Church, Cliffe Church, Blenheim Park bridge, Crofton near Wakefield; engravings of Malta's Theatre Royal, Easingwold Church, Easingwold Town Hall, Kirby Malzeard Church, Bridlington Quay, Snowdon and Llanberis Lake, Nant Fancon pass, Wentworth House, Wakefield Bridge Chapel, Caernarvon Castle, Brailes Church in Warwickshire, Shandy Hall, Thirsk Church, Skipton Castle, Cirencester Agricultural College, Ferny Hall, Bolton Abbey, Sheffield Cemetery, Rotherham Church, Bootham Bar in York, Yorkshire Museum; photographs of Malta, the Peckitt family, Husthwaite Church before restoration, Carlton Husthwaite Church, Carlton Husthwaite cottage, Carlton Husthwaite Hall, Masham Church, Oldstead Hall, Crayke; painting of coat of arms.
Poster advertising the sale of property at Salton, Southolme, Oswaldkirk and Ampleforth 1848.
Carlton Husthwaite copies of court roll 1670-1777; parish papers 1751-1893; grant of oak trees by Welbank to Peckitt 1847.
Newspaper cutting about Husthwaite National School 1893.
Typescript notes on weeping birch tree in churchyard at Birdforth n.d.
Peckitt family records including those of Harriet Peckitt 1804-1817, Mary Peckitt 1803, Henry Peckitt 1802-1846, CC Peckitt 1893-1894.
Archery records including cuttings about Scorton Arrow of which Cecil Peckitt was at one time captain 1890-1932.
Newspaper cuttings about a school house in Coxwold 1894-1895.
Newspaper cutting about Old Byland Church n.d.
Records relating to St Robert of Knaresborough 1912-1946.
Bank notes n.d.
Manuscript verses n.d.
Miscellaneous papers n.d.
A volume recording travels and geographical descriptions of various parts of the world including the Holy Land and Aeneas Sylvius written (but perhaps copied from earlier documents) in the 15th-16th centuries.
Date14th century-20th century
LevelCollection
Catalogue statusCatalogued
Administrative historyThe earliest appearance of the Pickard family in these documents is probably the marriage settlement of Robert Pickard of Farnham, yeoman, and Ellen Brownrigg in 1636. There is a fragment of a lease of Little Ouseburn rectory to William Pickard and his son Robert of Deighton, yeoman, in 1714, and Leonard Pickard of York, yeoman, appears to purchase lands at Knapton in 1729.

Leonard Pickard acted as agent, executor and trustee from at least the 1740s for a small group of interrelated families. Some note on the Pickard family pedigree made in 1859 indicate that a father and son both called Leonard in the eighteenth century acted as land agents, but those notes do not seem to be entirely reliable and the original manuscripts do not confirm this: on the other hand if there was only one Leonard acting as land agent he must have been an active and experienced man of business for at least fifty years, entrusted with the execution of the will of a gentleman of considerable estate at an early age, and he must have lived to an age of over ninety years: Leonard died 5th September 1801.

Edward Thompson of Marston MP for York from 1722 till his death in 1742 at the age of 45, was descended from the Thompsons of Kilham and closely related to the Thompson of Eskrick and other branches of the family. His own branch estates at, inter alia, Setterington (near Malton), Baildon (near Bradford), and Brotherton (near Castleford). Leonard Pickard as his executor came into possession of deeds and papers relating to these properties.

Edward Thompson married Mary daughter of William Moor of Oswaldkirk, who had purchased the manor of Oswaldkirk from Sir Edward Hales in 1674. She died in 1784 and Leonard Pickard was the executor of her will. Through this connection Pickard came into the possession of deeds and papers relating to Oswaldkirk, Byland Abbey, Rosedale, Farndale and other places. This Moor family property may also have included Whitaside moor in Swaledale.

Mrs Mary Thompson was a niece of Dr William Ward of York, who appointed his "faithful servant" Leonard Pickard a trustee in his will in 1750. His family held property in Stokesley (where his father had been rector), Tanton, Newby, Seamer, Great Ayton, Little Ayton, and in South Holme, Slingsby (where Robert Ward had been agent for the Duke of Newcastle), Swinton, Ryeton, and in Staveley, Green Hammerton, Kirk Hammerton and Pool Bridge. His daughter Sarah married firstly Sir Robert Fagg and secondly Roger Talbot of Wood End, Thornton le Street (after her second marriage she retained her title of Lady Fagg till the end of her life). By this second marriage to the last of the Talbots of Wood End, property in Northallerton, Warleby, Thrintoft, Carlton in Cleveland and elsewhere came within the interest of Leonard Pickard as her agent advisor and executor.

Leonard Pickard also held more public appointments apart from his posts as advisor to the complicated Thompson-Ward-Moor-Talbot-Fagg family complex. He was probably a steward of the Archbishop of York's estates, and he was certainly a steward of the City of York's estates.

The genealogical notes on the Pickards made in 1859 show the Reverend Thomas Pickard as a brother to Leonard, and several papers relating to Thomas' ecclesiastical appointments survive. There are also similar papers relating to his son the Reverend WL Pickard.

The complications of the family relationships and official appointments have made the arrangement of the manuscripts difficult, and there remain several deeds and papers which have no obvious affinity with one group of documents or another and may not be part of the "Pickard archive".

The "Pickard archive" passed into the hands of the Peckitt family, but the manuscripts do not contain any indications of the connection between the two families. The Reverend Leonard Pickard owned a farm at South Holme in 1831, and by the 1870s Colonel Peckitt was described as a Lord of the manor of South Holme. The Peckitts seem to have acquired their estate at Carlton Husthwaite between 1823 and 1840, and they remained at the Hall there until the 1940s. The earliest members of the family for whom any records survive are Harriet Peckitt, the daughter of the stained glass artist, and Henry Peckitt who invested in East India and Navy Stock in the early 1800s, was at Trinity College in Cambridge in 1823, travelled in France in the 1830s when he was described on his passport as a "rentier" and received a letter at Carlton Husthwaite from Edward Meynill about archery in 1846. The Peckitt records include useful photographs and drawings, a few local press cuttings (including some which indicate a continuing interest in archery) and miscellanea.
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CopiesParts of this collection have been microfilmed [MIC 1306, 1307, 1331, 1982].
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