Temporary ACC 2019/205 - Additional family papers of the Head family of North Norfolk, London and elsewhere

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ACC 2019/205


Additional family papers of the Head family of North Norfolk, London and elsewhere


  • 1912-c 2000 (Creation)

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70 boxes

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(20th century)

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Judge George Herbert Head trained in law, moved to Canada because of his mining interests, but at the start of WW1, returned to England to practice law in London and Yorkshire. He married Geraldine M Head, and bought a house in Burnham Overy Staithe. Partly through temporary poverty after returning to England, Geraldine started, in 1915, contributing to womens' magazines to earn money, and became an accomplished writer of romantic fiction (under pen-names, Gerald Court and Marian Temple) and practical help articles, all published throughout the 1920s to 1940s. Sons, Henry (drowned whilst serving in 1944) and Adrian were both given public schooling and an Oxbridge education. Adrian followed his father into law and became a barrister, ending up as a judge in civil law, specialising in matrimonial causes. He was an inventor, a prolific letter-writer and journal keeper, and also wrote poetry and, in later life, painted. He was a free-mason, but also became in mid-life onwards, a lay-reader for the Church of England, serving as such for over 30 years in local churches in North Norfolk. In July 1947, he married Ann Pamela Stanning, and they both travelled and participated in the creative arts (Ann was considered to be the more accomplished painter) while attending many exhibitions, London and Norfolk-based shows and plays. She was a keen sailor and they often sailed around the east coast of England, choosing to moor their craft in the River Roach in Essex. She also had family estates in Leyland, Lancs and in Kenya, and business interests in Norfolk Lavender Ltd. They has sons, Christopher, Henry and David. Judge Adrian Head died in 2008 and his widow in c 2018.

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29 large boxes of Geraldine M Head's correspondence, literary mss and copies of printed womens' magazines (in which she had short stories published), Judge Adrian Head's personal correspondence, diaries, boating logs and poems and his and his wife's correspondence with their children at various public schools and in service during WW2. Includes an account of Norfolk lavender.

Norfolk Lavender accounts, photos and catalogues and distillery records.
Diaries and general
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Manuscripts and writing
Manuscripts and writing
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Early papers
Letters to and from APH/AHH
Manuscripts of poems and stories
engagement diaries
boat logs
Letters to and from APH/AHH and letters to HMH in Brazil and Lagos
Letters to and from APH/AHH
Papers and letters relating to Henry G Head 1918-1944 including letters on death and In Memoriam stuff

Diaries various

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