Fonds GTN - Harbord of Gunton Family and Estate Papers

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Harbord of Gunton Family and Estate Papers


  • 13th century-20th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

Approximately 215 boxes, 110 volumes

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(13th century-20th century)

Biographical history

At Gunton Hall, Norfolk

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The main bulk of the records was received by the Norfolk Record Office on 11 March 1980. This catalogue also includes three smaller accessions of records, received on 26 February 1973, 23 August 1976 and 18 November 1983. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by grants from the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and the Friends of the National Libraries.

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The archive comprises title deeds and related papers, 13th-19th centuries, manorial records c 1377-1870 and 1935-6, estate papers, 1688-1964, maps and plans, 17th century-1919, legal and suit papers, 1678-1898, and family papers, 1557-1877. Of these series, catalogue entries are currently accessible on NROCAT for the following:

Title deeds and related papers, 13th-19th centuries (GTN 1)
Estate papers including maps and plans, 1601-1964 (GTN 3)
Legal and suit papers, 1678-1898 (GTN 4)
Harbord family papers, 1557-1916 (GTN 5)
Papers of families related to the Harbords, 1575-1872 (GTN 6)
Records of related organizations, 1846-1933 (GTN 7)
Other papers, 1437-1882 (GTN 8)

There is a draft list in the NRO searchoom of Manorial records, c 1377-1936 (GTN 2).

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The papers had been stored in a semi derelict estate office at Gunton and their original order had been lost. The order of the catalogue is therefore a reconstruction, as far as practicable, based on Paul Rutledge's summary report on the papers for the Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1997.

Number not used- GTN 1/1/48

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Manorial records and deeds, 13th-early 20th centuries, acquired by the Norfolk Record Office's predecessors between 1934 and 1956 (separately catalogued as MS 5739-6158, MS 6242-6255, MS 7064, NRS 1696-1723, NRS 2874-3637, NRS 4207-5726, NRS 6433-4, NRS 10362-10378, NRS 15076-15080, NRS 19124-19143, NRS 19230-19245 and NRS 21475-22588. Two groups of stray estate records are separately catalogued as MC 350 (Papers of the 4th and 5th Barons of Suffield of Gunton Park, 1829-1914) and MC 501 (Suffield Will Trust and other papers, 1757-1954). Assheton family and Lancashire estate papers were transferred from the Norfolk Record Office to Greater Manchester County Record Office in 1982. For a family tree of the Harbord family of Gunton commissioned by the late Ralph Evelyn Harbord and drawn by Sir George Bellew, Garter King of Arms, c 1960, see FX 379.

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