Fonds RQG - Gurney of Bawdeswell Collection

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Gurney of Bawdeswell Collection


  • 12th century-1966 (Creation)

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672 pieces

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(12th century-1966)

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 16 January 1970 (numbered RQG 610-685) and 8 May 1970 (numbered RQG 162-609).

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Gurney Family, 12th century-1966
Gurney and Related Families, 1481-1966
Non-family Material, 14th century-early 20th century
Family Records held at Barclay's Bank, 1772-1906
Miscellaneous, nd [c 1447].

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This catalogue is compiled from a survey of records at Bawdeswell Hall in the Summer of 1969, the majority of which were received on 8 May 1970 (numbers RQG 162-609); a list of 'Gurney' MSS at Thickthorn Hall in 1938 and subsequently at Bawdeswell Hall in 1969 (numbers RQG 1-161); and a contents list of Gurney material collected from Barclays Bank, Bank Plain, Norwich, on 16 January 1970 (numbers RQG 610-685).

An attempt has been made to re-arrange these lists. Consequently the numbers do not run consecutively in this catalogue.

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Book of extracts of Gurney wills from 1434

Sale particulars of contents of Bawdeswell Hall with prices, 1897
Sale particulars of Brooke Lodge and Bawdeswell Hall estate, 1912

Catalogue etc. of portraits and note re busts at Keswick Hall, 19th century
List of Objets d'art and curios at Keswick Hall compiled by G.H. Gurney, nd [? 1932]

Indenture: Lease. 1. Thomas William Coke, esq. 2. James Nelson of Sparham, farmer. 1812, 1855, farm at Sparham for 21 years. Consideration. £400 a year. 12 October 1812, with letter re valuation, 28 April 1855.
Sale particulars of Breck Farm, Taverham, 1966
Sale particulars of Folkards and Jordans farms, Whitwell, 1965

General Estate Papers: Capital account, 1912-1946; Plan of the Estate of Mr Richard Gurney lying at Keswick in Norfolk, 1793, Surveyed by C. Nelson; Copy of a Map of the Estate of John Gurney, Esq. re Keswick supposed date about 1760, copied by A.T. Clarke, surveyor, Keswick, 1836.

John Gurney of Keswick (1715/16-1770): 'An affectionate address to the youth of Norwich monthly meeting', nd [? 1776], Manuscript; 'An affectionate address to the youth of Norwich monthly meeting', 1776, Printed.;John Gurney decd 2 account books, 1770-1797; Richard Gurney of Keswick (1742/3-1811): Ledger, 1799-1811; Richard Gurney's exors. 1826, Blank book.

John Gurney of Earlham (1749-1809): Ledger, 1794-1803; Ledger. John Gurney's executors, 1814-1858. Accounts of Earlham servants etc. 1815-1830. 1814-1858

Bartlett Gurney of Norwich (1756-1803): Ledger, 1787-1795

Joseph Gurney of Lakenham Grove (1757-1830): Account book, 1795-1830

Hudson Gurney of Keswick (1775-1834): Journal of trip to Paris, 1801-1802; 3 journals of Continental visit, 1802-1803; Ledgers. B, C, E-I, L-P, R, S, W., 1809-1814, 1817-1829, 1832-1846, 1849-1854, 1864; Journal of Continental visit, 1814; Diaries, 1814-1864; Letters from Daniel Gurney, 1815-1857, primarily genealogical; blank diaries, 1818, 1819, and 1821; Journal of continental journey, 1819; indexes - brief diaries, 1833-1838, dates are 1833-1836 and 1838; genealogical note book

Richard Hanbury Gurney of Thickthorn (1783-1854): papers re Muskett's divorce proceedings etc. after 1818-1832, and 2 letters re the legitimacy of Mary Jane Gurney, 1923; Autograph book.

Memoirs of Priscilla Gurney by Hannah Chapman, nd, 2 copies and the first part, MSS.

Joseph John Gurney of Earlham (1788-1847): 4 notebooks and journals, c 1805-1811, 1808-1810, 1811, and 1816-1818; Private journals, 1818-1846; Journal of Irish journey, 1827; Chalmeriana et Colloquia Edinensia, 1830; Chalmeriana et Colloquia Edinensia, 1830; An Afternoon at Cambridge and A Morning at Oxford, 1831; copy of letter to John Henry and Ann Gurney, 1833. 1830-1833; Chalmeriana, part II, 1833; Autobiography of Joseph John Gurney, 1837; Letters to his children and sisters from America, with map and outline of visit, 1837-1840; Memoranda book of voyage to the West Indies, 1839; Journal of visit to the Continent, 1843.

Margaret Gurney (née Barclay, m 1809, d 1855): diaries, 1819-1839 and 1843-1853.

John Henry Gurney of Northrepps and Keswick (1819-1890): letter from Edwin Edwards re Crome pictures at Keswick, 1874; printed pamphlets and photographs-naturalist, 19th century-20th century.

Henry Edmund Gurney of Nutfield Priory (1821-1905): scrap book, c 1850-1884

Mary Jary Gurney (c 1828-1872): book of newspaper cuttings, 1846-1853

John Henry Gurney of Keswick (1848-1922): scrap book re births and marriages of J.H. Gurney and his family, 1876-[? 1906]; appointment as deputy lieutenant for Norfolk, 1894; printed pamphlets, photographs and newspaper cuttings, 19th century-20th century; Box of metal blocks.

Richard H.J. Gurney of Northrepps (1855-1899): photograph, nd; account of Mr Chiffchat meeting Mr Goldcrest etc. nd, by J.H. Gurney his father; notes on varieties of birds etc. 1871, From 1871; certificate of admission to the Freedom of the City of Norwich, 1891; genealogical letters, 1892-1897; a hundred years at Northrepps Hall, 1795-1895, By R.J.H. Gurney. Typescript. See; appointment as deputy lieutenant of Norfolk, 1896; scrap book. High Sheriff of Norfolk. 1896-1897; book of newspaper cuttings of births, death and marriages of relations and friends; the Grave and the Gay of the Family. Collection of writings by or concerning the Gurneys. Typescript.; memories of R.H.J. Gurney by his wife, typescript and illustrated.

Eva (Sarah Evelyn) Gurney (née Buxton, m 1881, d 1926): Extract book; Note book re continental visit, 1893, with drawings.

Gerard H. Gurney of Keswick Hall (1880-1934): presentations to Gerard Hudson Gurney on his coming of age by the tenantry etc. 1901; scrap book.

Quintin E. Gurney of Bawdeswell (1883-1968): appointments as 2nd Lieutenant in the Yeomanry Forces, 1901-1902; Letter book, including letters re Society for Juvenile Offenders etc. 1906-1919; Visitors' book, 1912-1961; miscellaneous papers including letters, notes, reminiscences etc. 1913-1967, Part undated.; extracts from letters written from Gallipoli and Egypt, 1915; appointment by the Bishop of Q.E. Gurney and James Joice as sequestrators for the parish of Bawdeswell. 1927; correspondence re the bishop of Norwich, 1939-1942; presentation to Quintin and Pleasance Gurney on their Golden Wedding, 1961; correspondence re loan of pictures for Norwich School exhibition in New Orleans, 1966; writings re Elizabeth Fry's grandmothers and the Barclay family, Typescript.

E.A. Pleasance Gurney (née Ruggles-Brice): Diary, 1911-1951, Typescript.; folder of letters about, and sketches of, the children. Programmes of concerts. c 1915-1936; 3 folders of MS and typescript plays and the training and management of donkeys, nd.

Richard Q. Gurney: Account of visit to Minneapolis for Anglican Congress, sermon book etc. 1954-[? 1960]; Lord Mayor of Norwich. Scrap book, 1961-1962.

Gurney Family - miscellaneous: plan of Friends' burying ground in Norwich, 19th century; Autograph book, including letters of the Gurney family, Hudson Gurney, Amelia Opie and Henry Ellis, 19th century; Catalogue of a library, nd; 2 letters, 1904, and notes by R.H.J. Gurney re white polled cattle, 1904; Letter re diamonds, nd [1914-1918]; 3 books of newspaper cuttings; Scrapbook, 1914-1918; Dies for family visiting cards; Leather box with coins and hair of various members of the family.

Business Records: Copy of banking partnership articles agreed between Richard, Bartlett and Joseph Gurney, 1780, and settlements of accounts, 1780-1787, Including settlements of the Norwich and Norfolk, Lynn R's and Lyncolnshire, and Yarmouth and Suffolk, Bank; Copy of articles of partnership in the banking business agreed between Richard, Bartlett and Joseph Gurney and James Turner, 1781, and general balances of accounts of the Yarmouth and Suffolk bank, 1782-1784; Overend, Gurney and Co. Printed prospectus, 1865; Book of newspaper cuttings re the stopping of Overend, Gurney and Co and resulting court case, 1866-1868; Overend, Gurney and Co. Book of newspaper cuttings re trial. 1866-1873; motebook re the takeover by the London and Provincial Bank of Fincham and Simpson, bankers, Diss. 1871; printed notices re amalgamation of a number of private banks with Barclay and Co. 1896.

Genealogical Papers: folder of letters and papers from Daniel Gurney to Hudson Gurney, 19th century; bundle of pedigrees and other genealogical material. Many Daniel Gurney papers.; Traditions and reminiscences by D[aniel] G[urney], nd; folder of pedigrees etc, many by Hudson and Daniel Gurney; miscellaneous collection relative to the family of Gurney, compiled by Hudson Gurney; Gurney pedigree, 912-11th century, 19th century, 2 Gurney pedigrees from John Gurney b 1655, 19th century; Gurney pedigree from John Gurney b 1716, 19th century; Gurneys of Keswick pedigree, nd [1855-1864], Printed.; Pedigree of the Gourneys or Gurneys by Daniel Gurney, 1857, copied by John Nurse Chadwick.; Descent of Q.E. Gurney from Noah through the Lords of Gournay in Normandy, 19th century, With armorial bearings.; Somersetshire Gurney pedigree, 19th century; Book of Gurney genealogical MSS, 1744-1891, With some family papers including accounts re Norwich Quaker School, 1744-1749; insurance on the 'Gurney' from Waterford to Yarmouth, 1772; executorship papers of Elizabeth Gurney d 1788 and Hudson Gurney d 1864; arranged 1891.; book of Gurney genealogical MSS, 1744-1892, Including accounts re Norwich School, 1744-1749. Arranged 1892.; Illustrations of the monuments to Agatha and Sampson Hanbury, Robert Barclay Allardice and Margaret Gurney; Correspondence, receipt, and copies of printed circular re grant of Gurney arms, 1926-1927; notes by A.J. Eddington for a lecture on the Gurney family, 1934.

David Barclay of Youngsbury, Herts (d 1809): chart showing connections of Gurneys, Hanburys etc with Barclays of Ury and London and pedigree of the Saxon Barclays, 1834, By Charles Wright Barclay.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1st Bt, 1786-1845): book of papers relating to the abolition of the slave trade. Vol XI. 1842-1844, put together by his daughter, Priscilla Johnston, 1842-1844, volumes II-X of this series are held by Rhodes House Library, Oxford.

Hannah Buxton (née Gurney, 1783-1872): book of copies and extracts of letters on different subjects. nd

Catherine, Lady Buxton (née Gurney, 1814-1911): diary, 1866-1879; memories of Catherine, Lady Buxton, collected by Lady Victoria Buxton, Typescript.

Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney, 1780-1845): script written by Janet Hitchman and produced on BBC. Mar 1966.

Non-Family Material: facsimile of the 'A1' charter of Fountains Abbey; Genealogy of the kings of England, 16th century, with letter from Anne Talbot to Hudson Gurney; facsimile copies of 9 documents of William and Hannah Penn, 1674-1703; 'Histoire de la ville de Gournay par M. Louis Larchier de Gondeville', 1747, MS.; 'Methode theologique pour server a l'explication litterale de plusiers prophetcies de l'ancien testament', 18th century, MS. P. Berru on spine.; book of armorial bearings. Vol 2. ?Heraldry by Capon, 18th century; Mrs H. Gunn. Book of letters to her father Dawson Turner from Belgium, 1840, MS.; fragment with autograph of Sophia Alexander, nd

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Hempstead manor court books, 17th century-18th century, NRS 23877-23883, 39E1.
Title deeds, mainly to Tasburgh and district, but also including Norwich St Augustine, GUR 1-179.
Title deeds to Witchingham and Tasburgh, AE 1-23; and title deeds and manor court books re Hethel etc., HET 1-86.
Gurney's Bank records, see Alienated MSS file 'Barclay'.
For records of the Gurney textile concern, 1750s-1820s, see BR 211.
Title deeds re North Runcton estate (13 boxes, pre-1994), NRS (D.W. Gurney, 11 June 1959 and 23 June 1960).
Statement of case concerning D. Barclay and letters from J.H. Gurney, senior, and junior, mainly to Professor Alfred Newton, a few to Edward Newton, see MC 2687.
Letter to Mr Herring, 1848, see MC 729.
Calendar of 13th-century-17th-century deeds purchased by Hudson Gurney, see MC 249.
Journal of Louisa Gurney, 1797-1803, see MC 1593.
Sketchbooks of Richenda Cunningham (née Gurney), 1841, 1845, see MS 6256 and MS 6184.
Deeds and papers of the Herring and Greene families involving, inter alia, property in West Somerton and Norwich, 1662-1868, and notes on the court martial of Captain Roberts, 94th Regiment, 1876, see MC 2686.
Letter from John Gurney, junior, 1772, and letters to Daniel Gurney and other members of the Gurney family, 19th century, see MC 1593.
Estate map Keswick, Swardeston and Eaton, 1854, see FX 270/1.
Holt Manor records, see Cozens-Hardy 20 March 1973 (now listed as MC 2981, MC 2983 and MC 2986).
Map of Hempstead and Holt, the property of Richard Gurney's executors, by William Glenistor of Lakenham, 1833.
Maps of Haddiscoe and Toft Monks, Wheatacre, Wheatacre All Saints, Burgh St Peter, Aldeby, Northrepps, and Southrepps, the property of Richard Hanbury Gurney, by William Drane of Norwich, 1852.
For Gurney material (including the Flowerdew papers) whereabouts unknown, see RQG 1A, 488X3.

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