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TitleOborne family of Ravenfield
AdminHistoryThe account books are those of Elizabeth Parkin and of her cousin and devisee, Walter Oborne.

Elizabeth Parkin was the surviving representative of the Parkin family of Sheffield who made a fortune in the hardware trade in the first half of the eighteenth century. She appears to have carried on the family business. She subsequently bought an estate at Ravenfield in 1749 and lived at Ravenfield Hall, Rotherham, which was altered by John Carr the architect. She died unmarried on 9 May 1766. In the records Elizabeth Parkin is often referred to as 'Mrs' Parkin, even though she was not married. The term was perhaps used to denote social status, businesswoman or a person of capital.

Walter Oborne was married to Mary Laughton, Elizabeth Parkin's niece. He lived in the house in Sheffield High Street where the Parkins had carried on their business, how far on his own account and how far as Elizabeth Parkin's agent is not clear. His partner was Thomas Gunning. When Oborne succeeded to the Ravenfield estate, he and his wife went to live at Ravenfield Hall. Gunning moved into the High Street house. Oborne became a West Riding Justice of the Peace and died on 22 May 1778. His widow died 5 Aug 1785. They left no children.
DescriptionLedger of receipts and cash payments relating to Elizabeth Parkin's Ravenfield estates, 1734 - 1766 (OR/1).
Trade accounts etc., of Walter Oborne and partners, 1766 - 1774 (OR/2).
Colliery account books, 1766 - 1782 (OR/3).
House and household, 1764 - 1785 (OR/4).
Oborne's executorship, May 1778 - May 1779 (OR/5).
Leases, 1734 - 1761 (OR/6).
Date1734 - 1785
Extent17 items
AccessStatusOpen
LevelCollection
RelatedMaterialSheffield City Archives:

‘Lease by William Spencer to Messrs. Oborne, Clay and Smith of Darnall colliery for 200 years’, 12 May 1757 (ACM/65344/1).

‘A plan of several parcels of the Duke of Norfolk's land near Sheffield, held severally by Walter Oborne, esquire, and William Hedges, clerk [fields in the area of Shalesmoor/Allen Street/Watery Lane/Pond Lane / Watery Street/Mill Sands / Sims Croft, including details of exchange between the Duke and Henry Longden]’, [c. 1754-1781] (ACM/MAPS/2/111).

‘A map of some Land at the Bridgehouses near Sheffield, belonging to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, in the Poss[ession] of Walter Oborne Esquire’, 1763 (ACM/MAPS/9/2).

‘A map of the Lands at Bridgehouses lately under Lease to Walter Oborne, esquire’, 1782 (ACM/MAPS/9/7).

‘Field book, Ravenfield: Lands about Ravenfield Hall occupied by Walter Oborne himself’, 1774 (FC/FB/46).

‘Field book (supplement), Corporation Street, Sheffield. Closes at Bridgehouses late under lease to W. Oborne; occupied by Burdikin's heirs and Jonathan Swain’, 1782 (FC/FB/56Supp).

‘Ravenfield: Plan of the township, by order of Walter Oborne’, [1766] (FC/P/Mex/2L).

‘Sheffield, Carbrook Hall. Carbrook estate the property of John Whetham: surveyed on account of the colliery therein of Walter Oborne’, [1776 - 1789] (FC/P/SheD/19S).

‘Sheffield: Mulberry Street. A plan of the tenements and ground bought of the executors of Walter Oborne by SA Younge’, [1786] (FC/P/SheS/729S).

‘Brampton-en-le-Morthen. Plan of the township, by order of Walter Oborne’, [1768] (FC/P/Tre/12L).

‘"Musae Sheffieldienses 1737"; containing fair copies of exercises in Latin elegiacs and hexameters, some of which are signed respectively by Geo Steer, Thos Younge, George Ibotson, Danl Boote, W Oborne, Thos Cawthorne, who may have been scholars at the Sheffield Grammar School’, [1737] (JC/22/93).

‘Assignment. The Newfield, part of a byerdole field called Sharrow Field. Walter Oborne (executor of Elizabeth Parkin of Ravenfield) and others to William Battie’, 1 Apr 1772 (LD392/1/11/2).

‘Deeds relating to property on the north side of High Street, known as the Cock Inn or the Blue Bell, and a pew in the Parish Church. The house was lived in at various times by Francis Barlow, Madam Parkin and Walter Oborne’, 1593/4 - 1832 (MD2650 to MD2674).

‘Mortgage: Joseph Hague of Chapeltown, nail chapman and Sarah his wife, to Walter Oborne of Ravenfield, esquire’, 4 Sep 1766 (Wil D/6/2/15).

‘Bond of even date in £2000: Joseph Hague of Chapeltown, nail chapman and Sarah his wife, to Walter Oborne of Ravenfield, esquire’, 1766 (Wil D/6/2/16).

‘Final concord: Oborne v Hague’, 1767 (Wil D/6/2/17).

‘Assignment: Walter Oborne of Ravenfield, Yorks, esquire (as mortgagee) and the trustees (named) of Joseph Hague, late of Chapeltown, nail chapman to Samuel Walker of Masbrough, gentleman’, 9 Nov 1774 (Wil D/6/2/24).

‘Assignment of a leasehold plot of land in Oborne or Castleton Street, for the purpose of building thereon. Matthew Castleton of Grimesthorpe to Daniel Fanshaw of Brampton. Part of land at Bridgehouses called Smithy Flats, lease by Walter Oborne to Thomas Wrathall of Handsworth Wdse, 1777’ 8 Feb 1784 (Wil D/7/3/3).

‘Deeds and copies of Court roll relating to Platts Farm at Ughill, held of the Manor of Waldershelf. Originally in the possession of Robert Greaves and conveyed by Elizabeth Parkin of Sheffield to the Duke of Norfolk’, 1604-1746 (ACM/SD/34-42, 45).

‘Copy wills and agreement etc. Includes: Court baron, Elizabeth Parkin purchase of dwellinghouse in Blind Lane’, 1737 (CA778/3104/2b).

‘Deeds, plans, agreements and correspondence re. Blind Lane (later Holly Street) including the Crown Inn. Includes sssignment, Mr Allwood and Bart. Revelll to Elizabeth Parkin’, 1736 (CA778/3104/4).

‘Current account of T.J. Bosville in connection with his Ravenfield estate’, 1829 - 1845 (WWM/A/1406).

Sheffield Local Studies Library:

‘A Map of that part of the Estate of John Whetham at Carbrook into which the Colliery of W Oborne & Co is likely to extend’, 1777 (S (23) 1 M).
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