Fonds BL/EV - Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Everard of King's Lynn

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Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Everard of King's Lynn


  • 1646-1901 (Creation)

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25 parchments, 11 papers, 74 bundles, 9 files, 4 volumes, 1 folder, 4 notebooks

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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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(fl 1699-1856)

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The Everard family came from Middleton in Norfolk. They were brewers and merchants in King's Lynn in the eighteenth century, dealing mainly in wine, grain, fish and timber. By the nineteenth century they had become bankers with interests in a range of commercial undertakings. Confusingly, four successive generations of the family were called Edward. Edward Everard I (c 1699-1769) married Mary, daughter of Benjamin Holley, alderman and brewer of King's Lynn, in 1734. His son, Edward II (1739-1819) married in 1760 Mary Barsham, sister of his partner, Samuel Browne, merchant of King's Lynn. His son, Edward III (c 1761-1829) married Dorothy Elsden in 1789, and Sarah Sellen Ellington in 1817. His son Edward IV (c 1794-1764) married Anna Theodora St John in 1822: his only surviving child, Mary Georgina, married Major Thomas Hutton in 1856. The businesses were wound up before the death of Edward Everard IV, the bank being taken over by Messrs Gurney.

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Consists largely of correspondence and draft deeds of the firm of Whincop & Lane, solicitors of King's Lynn, Frederick Lane being the son-in-law of Edward Everard III. These papers probably came to H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence from their successors, Archer & Archer. The deeds in sections BL/EV 1-2 may have been purchased from antiquarian booksellers; they relate to some of the property of the Everard and Holley families, mainly in King's Lynn. Items numbered in sequence 'AA' were catalogued by Bradfer-Lawrence in BL/LW 3/2.

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Created 12/05/2009 by Droip. Modified 18/12/2018 by Catherine.Collins.


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