Fonds BL/DX - Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Dixon of Islington

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Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Dixon of Islington


  • 16th century-1812 (Creation)

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1 box, 18 papers, 6 bundles, 10 folders, 9 envelopes, 3 rolls, 10 gatherings, 7 parchments, 1 file, 38 volumes

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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.

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(16th century-1812)

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(fl 1749-1764)

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Lord Coleraine died in 1749 leaving his estates to his illegitimate daughter, Henrietta du Plessis who was born in Italy in 1745. A lengthy lawsuit ensued and Thomas Francis was appointed receiver. Gout frequently prevented him from coming to Norfolk and Dixon continued to act as steward.

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Contains papers of Thomas Dixon (1709-1790) of Islington, and other members of the Dixon family, which originated in Cumberland. Dixon was an attorney and land agent for several local landowners. He had a considerable estate, mainly in Islington and Tilney, but he also had property near Whitehaven. He had no children and his heirs were his sister's sons, William and Thomas Bagge. It is probable that the bulk of these papers were part of the Bagge archive at Gaywood. Other papers of Thomas Dixon may be found in sections BL/DR and BL/MA.

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