Temporary ACC 2015/244/3 - Foulsham estate

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ACC 2015/244/3


Foulsham estate


  • 1716-1974 (Creation)

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Wrapper packet (tied string,) 'Docs of title re Foulsham estates of Thomas Woods Purdy (and Foulsham, Bintry Foxley sold by Purdy to Geoff Ernest Dewing; and an estate at Bintry Foxley and Billingford. Sold by Purdy to Mr Ed de Grey Seaman' NB This information is not inside, only early deeds re purchase and adm of R Woods to Girlings farm 1833-35, sale freehold & copyhold Savory to R Woods 1841 and grazing land at Guestwick 1864 (1 packet in wrapper) 1833-1920

Schedule of documents of estate in Foulsham belonging to Thos Woods Purdy '1909': 1 The Mill House and paddock and pt Hudsons farm (Hill, Cook, Woods, Purdy) 2. Pt Hudsons farm (Gurney, Cook, Chamberlain, Purdy) 3. Messuage and paddock in Market Place Foulsham occ by Herbert Woodhouse (Back, Thorn, Atmore, Waller, TW Purdy - Susanna E Purdy) 4. Cottage and pightle on Guist Road Foulsham and meadow in Bintry Road (Hall, Beckesfield , Ford, S E Purdy) 1 paper 1716-1875

Fire insurance policy for John Berwick farmer (with Norwich Union) for messuage dairy offices etc and personal goods ; and cottage occ by T Allen lab. (1 paper) 1808 with annotation 1816

Valuation of Foulsham (houses and lands) Occupiers names alphabetical, starting Quarles Mrs £3 [Ivy House] Includes Jn Berwick £230 (1 booklet) 1814

Letter to Mrs Berwick from ?R Wells of Fakenham re the removal of his or her 'charge' Miss Berwick. Annotated with list of school books and linens. [Susan Berwick was 14] (1 paper) 14 Dec 1814

Foulsham Reference book by Thos Bradfield, 27 named plots, inc Mr Berwick [see map in Part 9] (1 volume) 1821

Letter to Miss Susan Berwick Foulsham from E Wickes of Cley [apparently a suitor but Susan married Robert Purdy in 1837] 1 paper [in modern envelope with other items] 1828

A note to Miss S Berwick Foulsham from J B Berney clerk MA [perhaps a valentine?] 1 paper [in modern envelope with other items] nd 1820s

Letter to John Berwick of Foulsham from John Mills Tompson, with signed resolution to raise a subscription for Berwick, noting that he does not need the money (£33) but his friends (including R Woods and the Girlings) wished to 'assuage the anguish of a generous heart [that he must feel] at the temporary triumph of a litigious character .' 2 papers [in modern envelope with other items] Aug-Sept 1821

Envelope RJW Purdy of Ivy House Foulsham: detailed account bill from R W Parmeter to Robert Woods covering 1844, pd 1847, re will, Foulsham conveyances, travel to London etc; marriage licence of RJ Purdy /Berwick 1837 forwarded by a clergyman who thought he would be interested 1911 (envelope of items) 1837-1911

Bundle in red tape: papers relating to Robert Woods (d 1870) legacies (many people and charities -Hosp, Blind - £1000 to Mrs Landymore and her children) and copy admission Aylsham Vicarage manor of Robert Woods of Thurgarton on surrender of Thomas Copeman for £218 10s (part of £2518 10s) for 1 ac Mary's Beck, 1 ac formerly known as Rumps = Barnards Meadow and the Grove Close 1856; inc letters from RJW Purdy, May-Sept 1870 he wrote to Parmeter in Aylsham from The Hill House Foulsham [Robert Woods died there 1870]and expenses paid out 1869-1870. Letter from Thos Copeman of Cromer to Parmeter re R Woods legacies; mentions a feebreach & ends 'I always told Robert Woods to leave me something handsome I suppose he took a different and less correct view'. (1 bundle) 1856-1907

Probate of Jn Berwick late of Foulsham farmer (1 parchment) 27 June 1840

Probate of Mr Robert Woods late of Erpingham farmer made 1806 pr 1818 Mary wife [father of Robert Woods of Thurgarton, estate owner] (1 parchment) 1818

Probate of Sarah Ann Purdy spinster [sister of RJ Purdy] April 1877 and papers re her estate (1 parchment and envelopes of papers) 1877

Probate of will and codicil of Susannah Purdy widow [nee Berwick, widow of RJ Purdy] and probate papers (1 parchment and papers) 1883-1923

Letters of admin of Susan[nah] Eliz Purdy of Ivy House Foulsham spinster to her brother RJW Purdy 16 Jan 1906; admission to manor of Lutons for RJWP 1906 and envelope of probate papers (2 parchments and papers) 1906

Admission to house in Market Place in manor of Foulsham and leasehold lands in same by Thos Woods Purdy on surrender of RJ Woods (1 parchment) Dec 1908
Bundle in grey wrapper: parchment deeds relating to Moor Farm Wood Norton estate inc:
Sept 16 1725 Mrs Jane Athill's lease and release (marriage settlement) widow of John Athill of Wood Dalling to marry Mr Nathaniel Holmes; estate at Wood Norton and Guestwick to trustees Mr Ebenezer Springall and Ben Seel (delivery witnessed by Martha and James Athill)
Probate of will of Mr John Athill of Wood Dalling 20 Sept 1718; 1719 admission of Jane Athill to lands in meadow called Doolingcross in Wood Norton; Deeds re two farmhouses (36a and 55a) in Wood Norton and Guestwick (Nathaniel Holmes, Jn Baker, sale to Wm Hipkins of Cley 1766 (1 bundle) 1718-1766

Letter to [RJWP] from Richard Burton, Perth Tasmania Australia. Thanks him for letter (came about 1867); Sorry to hear of Mr Purdy's death [1865]. He is 66 and remembers Foulsham and Mr Berwick but not the name Hill House. [in modern envelope with other items] 20 Oct 1885

Plan of Foulsham Street by David Johnson shows drains in main street and connections to stream from the Unicorn and chapel. 'Wire netting Purdys trout confirmed here' noted on stream. (waxed paper) June 1913

Account of RJWP with Thomas Blythe builder of Foulsham for work at 'Mr Holleys house' at 'Mrs Girlings' at 'Ivy House' at 'Brickyard cottage' at 'Woodhouses' (papers) 1913-1914

Tithe redemption certificate for c195 acres of T W Purdy in Foulsham (1 paper) 1921
Papers re enfranchisement of copyhold land Thos Woods Purdy: 1921 in Manor of Twyford; 1935 in Foulsham Dulencross and Lutons (land in Highfield and other places =c 20 acres; mess in Market Place (occ Alfred Gibbs); mess called Seamans with shop (occ Arthur Woodhouse); 1 acre in Lutons (2 papers) 1921-1935. (for deeds re Seamans, see also ACC 2015/244 part 6).

Notice of listing of Church Farmhouse, Foulsham (1 paper) 1952

Letter re tithe redemption and sketch tracing of field next to brick works (shows Mill Hill farm and Sneck Lane) (1 paper 1 tracing) 1959

Envelope 'Church Farm Foulsham Old Deeds':

1908 Conveyance from RJWP to TW Purdy of trust Foulsham lands (under Susanna Purdy will 1883) inc Church Farm, house in Market Place, brickyard, Moor farm Wood Norton.
1913 TW Purdy 3 acres land occ by Palmer
1916 Oct Letters of admin re RJWP to Ada Purdy
1918 Sale particular for arable land of Mrs Wayman and conveyance to TW Purdy
1920s manorial admissions for Col T W Purdy
1923, 1938, 1951 Trustee appts and vesting deed re 1908 marriage settlement Mrs & Mrs TW Purdy (1938 has full schedule - Mill House, Church Farm House, Ivy house and another messuage in Market Place (same OS no), messuage on Hindolveston Rd, closes on Wood Norton Road, grazing land, Brickyard) [see OS Map of Foulsham marked up with estate for this settlement in Map Box 1]
1940 Conveyance by TW Purdy to NCC of small piece land for Police Station.
1942-1959 death certificates of trustees Rev George Hunt Holley, Havard Bridgwater, Jn Shepheard
(1 envelope of docs) 1906-1965

Envelope 'Church Farm' (modern hand) : Abstract of title 1963 (1908-1963 starts with marriage of Thomas Woods Purdy and Nona Hunt, details of lands inc sale of lands in Foulsham to Meanley 1938, NCC 1940, St Faiths & Ayl RDC 1950-1951, lands in Wood Norton Guestwick to Sec of State for Air 1951- 52); Abstract 1965 (1908- 1963); Abstract 1967 (1918-1963 for 8 acres OS nos 456 & 429 2 copies)
Agreement for sale of Church Farm Cottage Thomas Purdy of Aylsham to Mrs Brenda Alice Morgan of Harrow , with plan [site to north of Church Farm, on opposite side of road] Jan 1963
Correspondence re title deeds for Ivy House, Church Farm, the old Brickyard and Milking Close 1974
(1 envelope of docs) 1963-1974

Bundle re Andrews property [Paradise farm now Westfield farm]:
Probate of John Andrews of Weston gent, Sept 1743 pr 1750 with legacy receipts: leaves all property to nephew Christopher Andrews of Weston gent with six cash legacies
Inclosure notice to Jn Andrew Girling allotting him 35 acres, 8 acres and 4 acres in Bintry and Twyford 1797
Land tax redemption certificate J A Girling for 2 messuages c140 acres in Foulsham Bintry & Foxley Mar 1799
Acquittance of legacy of £800 to children of Mrs Mary Shepherd by will of Christopher Andrews dated 1766 (charged on Foulsham estate left him by Jn Andrews) and paid by Jn Andrews Girling , Christopher's heir (grandson, called nephew in will) Oct 1799
coloured plan ' Foulsham estate the property of John Andrews Girling 1832'. Paper on linen. Copied by Robert Pratt Norwich. With key 23 plots 112 acres. With pencil notes totals 169 acres. [Paradise Farm now Westfield farm] cf 18th cent plan in ACC 2015/244 part 4
Particulars of estate of Foulsham Bintry & Foxley belonging to executors of Jn Andrews Girling esq nd (watermarked 1832). Details manorial fines for messuage, 4 shops in Foulsham; land in Foulsham Dulencross; wasted mess in Bintry Christchurch; land in Twyford Swanton and in Twyford Southall. Total of 169 acres.
Admission (Manor of Foulsham) of Robert Woods by purchase from executors of Jn A Girling to several pieces of land, 4 shops in the Market Place and a moiety of a messuage Nov 1834
label 'Foulsham late Girling'
[see NRO, MC 94/1, 537x3 Diary of John Girling of Foulsham]
(1 bundle of docs inc folded linen plan) 1743-1834

Mounted photograph of Westfield farm [death of Robert Woods, owner since 1834] Photograph [in modern envelope with other items] nd c 1870

Packet of papers re loans from Robert Woods of Aylmerton and Thurgarton to his niece Louisa Wortley of Suffield (£1500 in 1854); Lady Sophia Windham asks him for payment of £100 to her immediately; with letter 'in case of death' to Earl Jermyn of Ickworth to repay Woods the £150, 1839. She also asks him to borrow £800 for a lady in great distress (1856-1858) with letters from Sophia re Windham family worries (inc one from Torquay). Her note was refused by bank in 1857 and he asks for money as soon as possible. Various notes in hand for sums owed; credit note for £2000, 1857; receipts for payments of £500 by Robert Woods 1854 to family members. (1 packet) 1839-1858

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The Purdys held numerous properties in the area and it is often difficult to work out the descent of individual packages of property, which may be recorded across different bundles of documents; furthermore, many properties were were grouped together in packages which changed over the years, as property was acquired, sold or split into different groupings.

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Created 23/03/2016 by Drojr. Modified 28/09/2018 by Droip.


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