Fonds ALB - Albemarle of Quidenham Estate Collection

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Albemarle of Quidenham Estate Collection


  • 1672-1965 (Creation)

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Approximately 1.6 cubic metres

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Biographical history

Originally from Guelderland, entered Great Britain with William of Orange.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 11 December 1963, 9 October 1964, 6 February 1965, 14 February 1965, 16 January 1967 and 8 May 1967. Catalogued March 2024 by Jean Agnew and added to catalogue by JW.

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The Quidenham estate was purchased in the 1760s by George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle, with prize money from the capture of Havana in 1762. The estate was greatly enlarged by purchases in the 1890s-1900s by Wilbraham, Earl Egerton of Tatton (1832-1909), whose daughter and heiress Gertrude Lucia married Arnold, 8th Earl of Albemarle.

Apart from Quidenham Hall and its immediate surroundings, the Quidenham Estate consisted in 1952 of about 7,000 acres across nine farms in Quidenham and adjacent parishes, that is, in Quidenham itself (Down Hill Farm and Home Farm), Kenninghall (Grove Farm, Cromwell House and Hall Farm), East Harling (Harling Hill Farm), Eccles (Hall Farm and Manor Farm) and Banham (The Moor).

Records in the Albemarle Ccollection include:
ALB/A - Deeds of Title to farms and property in Quidenham, Kenninghall, Banham, Eccles, and Snetterton, 1672-1934.
ALB/B - Manorial records, nd [1773]-1955, mainly for Winfarthing Manor (see also MC 1839 etc.).
ALB/E - Estate records, nd [1874]-1958: maps and plans, accounts, land agent's correspondence, ledgers, cash books, estate labour reports, farm reports, counterpart leases, shooting records, sale particulars.
ALB/G - Official records relating to schools on the Quidenham Estate and Quidenham Parish Meeting, 1894-1948
ALB/H - Family/Personal records, 1764-1965: Keppel correspondence (including of William Keppel (d. 1834) as governor of Martinique, and a group of letters about the education of Princess Charlotte of Wales, mainly addressed to her governess the Dowager Lady de Clifford, 1805-1808); Arnold Allan Cecil Keppel's memoirs of his service in the Second Boer War 1900
ALB/J - Collection of engravings and family photograph albums, including autographs of visitors staying at Quidenham and other country houses.
ALB/K - Printed and Miscellaneous papers, 1835-1960.

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See also:
MC 1839 (records of Manor of Winfarthing 1590-1653; Manor of Winfarthing Insoken and Outsoken 1679-1800; and Manor of Diss Heywood 1654-1801, received via Farrer and Co)
MC 1771 (map of the Quidenham Estate, based on the ordnance survey 1882-1892, received via Farrer and Co)
MC 3214 (Correspondence of Captain the Hon. Frederick Charteris and Lady Louisa Charteris, née Keppel)
MC 717/1 (letter of 6th Earl, of Albemarle 1848, and receipt re 2nd Countess
MC 2615 (Hon Derek William George Keppel's collection of photographs 1877-1929)
MC 2508 (Letter from the First Earl of Albemarle 1717).

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