Located AtStaffordshire Record Office
Alt Ref NoD948, D1527
TitlePipe-Wolferstan estate and family papers
Administrative HistoryThe Wolferstans, originally of Wolverstone Hall, Suffolk, seem to have become established in Staffordshire in the mid-16th century, when a younger son married Katherine Stanley, heiress to Statfold Manor. Over the next three centuries they added considerably to their property in the Tamworth area and in the neighbouring parts of Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Leicester.
During the eighteenth century there was a particularly large accession of property to the family when Joyce Wolferstan married Edward Littleton, who inherited the estates of his uncle, Devereux Littleton of Tamworth. This accounts for the presence in the collection of a number of Littleton family papers.
The name "Pipe-Wolferstan" was adopted in 1776 by Samuel Pipe, who inherited the Wolferstan estates from his grandfather, Stanford Wolferstan (d.1772). Samuel Pipe-Wolferstan (d.1820) was a distinguished antiquary who gave considerable assistance to the Reverend Stebbing Shaw for the latter's History and Antiquities of Staffordshire, 1798, (see preface, page X) and was also a friend of William Hamper, the Birmingham antiquary. His diaries, 1776-1820, are deposited at Staffordshire Record Office under reference D1527, with transcripts available upon request.
The presence in these collections of a number of medieval deeds and other documents apparently unconnected with the Pipe-Wolferstans is presumably to be explained by his activities as a collector.
Datec1300- 1889
DescriptionD948/1 Wolferstan and Pipe Wolferstan family
D948/1/1 Title
D948/1/2 Settlements
D948/1/3 Estate management - chiefly leases
D948/1/4 Documents affecting title
D948/2 Littleton family
D948/2/1 Title
D948/2/2 Settlements
D948/2/3 Leases
D948/2/4 Miscellaneous
D948/3 Medieval deeds
D948/3/1-72 Lichfield and Tamworth area
D948/3/73-79 Haselour
D948/3/80-99 Elsewhere in Staffordshire
D948/3/100-106 Yorkshire
D948/3/107-115 Other counties
D948/4 Later deeds and papers apparently unconnected with the Pipe-Wolferstan family
D948/4/1 Stanley family - Drayton Bassett area
D948/4/2 Inge family of Thorpe Constantine
D948/4/2/1 Knighton (Leics.)
D948/4/2/2 Thorpe Constantine manor and property in Leics.
D948/4/2/3 King's Newton (Warwicks.)
D948/4/2/4 Phillips family of Birmingham and King's Newton
D948/4/3 Middlesex - deeds and leases
D948/4/4 Miscellaneous deeds and papers
D948/4/5 Swinfen family documents
D948/4/6 Letters
D948/5 19th century elections

See also D1527/1-45: Pipe-Wolferstan Diaries, Dec 1775-1820 (paper catalogue in reading room)
Extent19 Series
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