The Westmorland of Apethorpe Appeal

Northamptonshire Record Office wished to acquire the archive of the Westmoreland family. NRO has held the archive, which spans from the 12th to the 19th centuries, for 60 years and were the first choice allocatee under a hybrid acceptance in lieu agreement.

Commission from Oliver Cromwell to Col. A. Scrope to command a Company of Foot of 100 men for the defence of Bristol, 1653
Commission from Oliver Cromwell to Col. A. Scrope to command a Company of Foot of 100 men for the defence of Bristol, 1653
  • Commission from Oliver Cromwell to Col. A. Scrope to command a Company of Foot of 100 men for the defence of Bristol, 1653
  • Letter signed by Elizabeth I
  • Letter signed by Oliver Cromwell
Applicant: 
Northamptonshire County Council for Northamptonshire Record Office
Location: 
Northamptonshire Record Office, Wootton Hall Park, Mereway, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 8BQ
Region: 
East Midlands
Grant awarded: 
£650,000
Year awarded: 
2012

Major archive containing hand-written letters by Elizabeth I saved for the nation

Today, the future of the Westmorland of Apethorpe archive, a rare collection of papers of outstanding historical importance that includes letters signed by Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell, has been safeguarded thanks to a £650,000 grant from NHMF.