Fonds MC 3049 - Bergh Apton Manor Court Books and Estate Records

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MC 3049


Bergh Apton Manor Court Books and Estate Records


  • 1742-1934 (Creation)

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5.5 boxes

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Denise de Vere was lady of the manor of Bergh with Apton in 1304; her heir, the Earl of Pembroke, died in 1313. The Earl of Pembroke is named as lord in the Nomina Villarum of 1316 [NRO, NNAS S2/26/1]; he died in possession in 1323-5, his heir being John, Lord Hastings [IPM 1:6/518]. The manor descended though successive Earls of Pembroke. Mary, Countess of Pembroke died in possession of rights of dower (she was widow of the earl who had died in 1313), 1377 [IPM 1:14/339]. After the death of John, Earl of Pembroke (a minor) in 1387, the manor passed to a distant relative, Sir William Beauchamp, who was later Lord Bergavenny. The manor descended through this family, often later spelled Abergavenny. \r\nThe Earl of Abergavenny is given as lord of the manor in the Enclosure Act of 1801 [NRO, C/Sca 2/30] and in White's Trade Directory (1845). When the manor was sold in 1869 by William, the 5th Earl, it was purchased by Revd Richard Cooke Denny (d. 1890). Denny's sons, Richard Harrison Denny (d. 1944) and Thomas Henry Denny-Cooke (d. 1952) inherited as joint lords of the manor of Bergh Apton, whilst Thomas Denny-Cooke inherited the manor of Washingford in Bergh Apton. \r\nFor further history of the manor to the early eighteenth century, see F. Blomefield, 'An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk' (11 vols, London, 1805-10). For a more detailed account of the descent of the manor, see G. Kelly, 'The Book of Bergh Apton' (Tiverton, Devon, 2005). Both these books are available on the searchroom shelves.

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These volumes were rescued by a grandson of Thomas Henry Denny-Cooke, when Bergh Apton Manor was sold in 1961.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 11 March 2014 (ACC 2013/348). List completed September 2014 (JW).

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Comprises Bergh Apton manor court books, 1742-1934; estate records of Bergh Apton Manor, 1776-1852; and an account book of the Revd Henry Harrison, 1820-1822.

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See also the Denny-Cooke collection (reference MC 2691) and Gilbert and Co., solicitors (uncatalogued collection, MC 2888). For manor of Bergh Apton manor court books, 1651-1722, see Gilbert and Co. 110-114, available on microfilm MF/X/79. For manor of Bergh Apton minute books, 1774-1869, see MC 2877/1/1-3, 1018X4.

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Created 17/03/2014 by Drojr. Modified 31/10/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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