Fonds BL - Bradfer-Lawrence Collection

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BL

Title

Bradfer-Lawrence Collection

Date(s)

  • [12th century]-20th century (Creation)

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Fonds

Extent and medium

approximately 840 boxes

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Name of creator

(1887-1965)

Biographical history

Born in King's Lynn in 1887. He became a land agent and worked in Norfolk until 1935 when he was appointed managing director of Hammond's brewery in Yorkshire. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1924 and published a number of works connected with the history and archaeology of Norfolk. From his youth, he was an avid collector of books and manuscripts. His successful career as a businessman enabled him to make substantial purchases from the leading London dealers, and to build up a massive and important collection by the time of his death in 1965. According to his wishes, his executors deposited those manuscripts relating to Norfolk in the Norfolk Record Office in 1967, a similar gift of his Yorkshire manuscripts being made to the Yorkshire Archaeological Society at the same time. Died 1965.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 27 May 1967 and on 14 August 1997. Catalogue completed 2011.

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Scope and content

The Bradfer-Lawrence collection is rich and varied, ranging from medieval manuscripts to nineteenth-century business records. There are many groups of deeds and records of Norfolk families, and also papers relating to local and national government. The largest single group of papers relates to the Bagge family of Gaywood and their estates. Important smaller groups relate to a number of leading local families including Bacon of Stiffkey, Townshend of Raynham, and Paston, Earls of Yarmouth.

The principal series and categories are as follows:

Abstracts of Title, Sale Particulars, etc., [1632]-1947, BL/AB
Estate Papers and Deeds of the Adamson family of Wereham in Garboisthorpe, Shouldham, Stradsett, Crimplesham, Tilney St Lawrence, etc., 15th century-18th century, BL/AD
Antiquarian Papers, 17th century-20th century, BL/AQ
Bacon of Stiffkey, 1556-1621, BL/BC
Papers of Edward Milligen Beloe, senior, and Edward Milligen Beloe, junior, solicitors and antiquaries of King's Lynn, 19th century-20th century, BL/BE
Bagge Family, 18th century-20th century, BL/BG
Browne of King's Lynn Papers, 1680-1796, BL/BR
Castle Rising, 17th century-20th century, BL/CR
Philip Case Papers, [1423]-20th century, BL/CS
Drainage, Harbours and Navigation, 1320-20th century, BL/DR
Miscellaneous Deeds collected by Harry Bradfer-Lawrence BL/DV
Dixon of Islington, 16th century-1812, BL/DX
Everard of King's Lynn, 1646-1901, BL/EV
Families, Individuals, Autographs, 16th century-20th century, BL/F
National and Local Government, 1568-1858, BL/GT
Hamond of Westacre, 1527-1914, BL/HA
Antiquarian Papers of Revd George Hunt Holley, 19th century-20th century, BL/HO
Inclosure Papers, [1779]-1847, BL/IN
King's Lynn, [14th century]-20th century, BL/KL
Harry Lawrence Bradfer-Lawrence Papers, 19th century-20th century, BL/LW
Manorial Records, 13th century-20th century, BL/MA
Miscellanea, 1300-20th century, BL/MC
Medieval Deeds, 12th century-19th century, BL/MD
Letters and Papers of Revd George Munford [d 1871], vicar of East Winch, relating to Natural History and Antiquarian Topics, 19th century, BL/MF
Original Series of Deeds, 13th century-20th century, BL/O
MS transcripts of Parish Registers and Register Bills, mainly by Revd George Hunt Holley, [16th century-19th century], BL/PR
Religious and Charitable Foundations, [12th century]-19th century, BL/R
Records of the King's Lynn solicitors, Archer and Archer, and their predecessors, 1828-1930, BL/SL
Surveys, Reference Books and Plans, 16th century-20th century, BL/SY
Townshend Papers, 1660-nd [c 1853], BL/T
Tithe Records, 1609-20th century, BL/TI
Turnpikes, 18th century-19th century, BL/TP
Walpole of Houghton, 13th century-20th century, BL/WA
Title Deeds to property in Weeting on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, 17th century-19th century, BL/WG
Norfolk will extracts by Revd George Hunt Holley from the Norfolk and Norwich Archdeaconry Courts, the Norwich Consistory Court and the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, [14th century-18th century], BL/WL
Wyche of Hockwold Hall, 1676-1841, BL/WY
The Yarmouth Letters, 1660-1688, BL/Y
Maps and Plans, 16th century-20th century
Aerial Photographs, [? 1930s], [12th century]-20th century

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Accruals

System of arrangement

It was necessary to make a catalogue as quickly as possible for probate purposes following Bradfer-Lawrence's death.. Accordingly, a shelf list was made, in many cases using the titles from Bradfer-Lawrence's own box files and leather-bound boxes. The volumes and boxes were assigned a Roman numeral relating to the shelf-unit on which they were stored, followed by a letter for the shelf, followed in some instances by a sub-number. The descriptions were then resorted by place or by archival sub-group to create a searchroom finding aid. Many of the descriptions were revised following more detailed work on some of the boxes, and extra sub-numbers were introduced.

On 1 August 1994, the Central Library building in Norwich, which also housed the Norfolk Record Office, suffered a disastrous fire. No records were lost from the Record Office, but parts of the Bradfer-Lawrence collection were among those damaged by water. Many of the boxes lost their original titles, which inevitably led to some confusion in the re-identification of similarly described items. The whole collection was re-boxed following the original sequence as far as possible, and, where necessary, conservation work has been carried out. More recently (since 2008), the collection has been substantially re-catalogued and new reference numbers allocated to the documents. However, the old (often imprecise) references, which have been extensively cited over forty years, have been included in the 'Arrangement' field of the catalogue, e.g., Formerly BL VIa/XII.

A small number of documents in the archive, including DCN 44/76/3, were catalogued with the records of the Dean and Chapter of Norwich. They are identifiable by Bradfer-Lawrence's handwriting and references.

Numbers not used- BL/BC 5/1, BL/MD 25/7/21, BL/MD 37/14, BL/MD 40, BL/MD 42, BL/MD 53/12, BL/SL 5/8, BL/Y 1/27

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a4586898-118f-4966-87cd-2558b7f21a7a

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 06/04/2005 by Droip. Modified 24/07/2019 by Catherine.Collins.

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