TitleW. T. Freemantle (1849 - 1931), Bibliographer, Professor of Music and Organist, Sheffield and Rotherham (the Freemantle Collection)
AdminHistoryMr William Thomas Freemantle (1849 - 1931), was a noted Sheffield bibliographer. He was born in Chichester [Sussex] in 1849. His father Henry John Freemantle (c. 1820 - 1892) was a music seller and became a professor of music in Sheffield. W. T. Freemantle studied music in Sheffield before following in his father's footsteps and becoming a professor of music himself. He also became organist and choirmaster at St Andrew's Church, Sharrow, Sheffield. He was also secretary to the Music Hall Company (the Music Hall was situated on Surrey Street, Sheffield).

W. T. Freemantle married Margaret Massey (1859 - 1920) in 1882. They lived at Western Bank, Sheffield and latterly resided at Barbot Hall, Greasbrough, Rotherham. W. T. Freemantle died in December 1931.

W. T. Freemantle's collections were mainly of printed works. The first volume of his 'Sheffield bibliography' was published in 1911. The notes and manuscripts for volumes two and three are in the Brotherton Library and Rotherham Public Library, respectively.

This collection features deeds and papers collected by Mr W. T. Freemantle; the sources from which he obtained them are not known, and there appears to be little connection between many of the items.
DescriptionAncient Deeds mainly relating to Bradfield (catalogued in 'A descriptive catalogue of miscellaneous charters...' by T. W. Hall), 1327 - 1552 (FrC/1)

Deeds relating to Midhope and Wigtwizzle, Bradfield, 1498 - 1718 (FrC/2)

Deeds relating to land at Bents Green and Whiteley Wood in Sheffield, 1620 - 1682 (FrC/3)

Deeds executed by the Duke of Norfolk relating to land in Kimberworth and Sheffield, 1678 - 1760 (FrC/4)

Miscellaneous Yorkshire Deeds, 1368 - 1837 (FrC/5)

Deeds of the families of Bayes, Bagshawe and Wilkes relating to land at Greenhill in Norton and Holmesfield in Dronfield, 1699 - 1762 (FrC/6)

Deeds relating to the Hope district of Derbyshire (given into the keeping of George Eyre of Yorkshire Bridge, a witness), 1753 - 1762 (FrC/7)

Miscellaneous Derbyshire Deeds (including Norton, etc.), 1543 - 1795 (FrC/8)

Miscellaneous Non-Local Deeds, [c. 13th cent] - 1851 (FrC/9)

Papers of the Gillott [or Gillatt] Family of Norton Woodseats, 1767 - 1853 (FrC/10)

Manuscript Sermons and Music, 1791 - 1885 (FrC/11)

Miscellaneous Oddments, [late 18th - early 20th cent] (FrC/12)

Notes and Papers of Mr W. T. Freemantle, [early 20th cent] (FrC/13)
Date[c. 13th cent - early 20th cent]
Extent167 items
RelatedMaterialHall, T. W. 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Miscellaneous Charters and other Documents Relating to the Districts of Sheffield and Rotherham...' (1916) [includes ancient deeds held at the time in the custody of W. T. Freemantle] (HAL/PRINT SOURCE)

Miscellaneous manuscript material relating to William Sterndale Bennett (originally forming part of Mr. W. T. Freemantle's collections), [1732 - late 19th cent] (MD6317-6320)

Letters of Joseph Hunter and other items of his or connected with his family, all probably at some time in Freemantle's collections, 1753 - 1834 (MD6496-6499)

Letter from W. T. Freemantle to R. E. Leader, 1902 (MD1203)

Handwritten copy of Poor Rate Assessment for Sheffield township in Jul 1819, by W. T. Freemantle, [early 20th cent] (MD1867)

Letter to F. Bradbury from R. E. Leader at Whetstone [Leicestershire or London], of a fairly general nature but including details of his quarrel with Freemantle, 1920 - 1921 (BR/4/58)

Letter from W. T. Freemantle, about land at Bradfield, 1397, and views of Roche Abbey, 9 Jun 1904 (HAS/9/3/23)

Freemantle, W. T., 'Sterndale Bennett and Sheffield: Comprising an Account of the Bennett Family (Derbyshire, Cambridge and Sheffield), Part 1. Part 2: Sir William Sterndale Benett and Associations with His Native City', 1919 [Contains pedigrees, photographs and other illustrations] (BEN/BIOG)

Hunter Archaeological Society, 'History Makers - A Biographical Introduction to The Hunter Archaeological Society: 1912-2012' (2012) (BIOGRAPHIES GENERAL NO. 3) [includes biographical information on T. W. Freemantle].
ArchNoteCatalogue prepared by Tim Knebel, Feb 2013 (collated from original typescript paper list, card catalogues [Sheaf catalogues], and 'A descriptive catalogue of miscellaneous charters...' by T. W. Hall, 1916)
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