The Records of Thomas Tindal Wildridge, 1256-1928 (C DMT)

The records within the collection of Thomas Tindall Wildridge (1858-1928) are, perhaps, a good example of the type collected by a late nineteenth and early twentieth century antiquarian. They contain both examples of his own work plus records acquired by Wildridge over the years.

thomas tindal wildridgeBackground to the Tindall Wildridge Collection
Wildridge was a records clerk, antiquarian, artist and author. He was born in the St Pauls area of Sculcoates in 1858, the son of Elizabeth and Thomas Wildridge. His father was a local timber merchant. After attending Hull Grammar School, Thomas Tindall was employed in the Hull Dock Offices, before becoming the Corporation of Hull's first records clerk in 1884. In 1892 Wildridge was the driving force behind the formation of the East Riding Antiquarian Society, which was later 'admitted into union with the Society of Antiquities (of London)'. He later became the honorary librarian of the Municipal Library but failed to get the post of chief librarian of Hull. After retiring, Wildridge moved away from the area and died in 1928 in Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

hull old and new thomas tindal wildridge L.9.7What does the collection contain?
It contains both examples of Wildridge's own works as well as archival and ephemeral collections. At C DMT/13 are some personal papers and correspondence primarily from two periods, 1876-95 and 1920-27. C DMT/41 are drafts of publications by Wildridge. These include for instance, drafts relating to the publication of his book 'Hull and Holderness Historic Gleanings' and the 'Hull Letters, 1639-1645'.

The collection also includes some copies of transcriptions undertaken by Wildridge, such as C DMT/42/2, a transcription of a rental from Hull Corporation Bench Book from 1320.

Court Roll (Ref C DMT/36/2)Wildridge also acquired a number of original records as well. There are, for instance:- a collection of deeds for St Sepulchres Hospital, Hedon, 1256-1474 (C DMT/25); minutes of the Hull Merchants Company, 1693-1700 (CDMT/28); minutes for various meetings for the defence of the Town, 1779-1781 and 1803 (C DMT/7 and C DMT/12) and two court rolls for the Manor of Sutton, 1514-1515, (C DMT/36).

In addition, there are many other items. For example, C DMT/35/3, is a list of émigrés from 1798 fleeing the Revolution in France, including nine church men. These records, a variety of letters, receipts, notices, posters, programmes and illustrations for a whole range of individuals and organisations can help give a clearer image of life within the town, city and county of Hull across the years.