Fonds MC 91 - Harvey Estate Plans and Drawings

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MC 91


Harvey Estate Plans and Drawings


  • 1814-1881 (Creation)

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2 volumes

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(fl 1814-1881)

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 21 February 1983 (MS 21754).

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Plans and drawings relating to buildings and building developments on the Harvey estates at Tharston, Thorpe Hamlet by Norwich, Stoke Holy Cross, Poringland and Forncett St Peter, originally bound in two folio albums with many loose inserts. Their arrangement is haphazard but they are almost all from the time of General Sir Robert John Harvey (1785-1860) of Mousehold House, Norwich, the heir of his father John Harvey (d 1842) of Thorpe Lodge and of his uncle Robert Harvey (d 1816) of Catton and Stoke. Harvey served with distinction under Wellington and in the middle of the century he gave many of his properties names evocative of the Peninsular campaign, as recorded in the list below. There are also (MC 91/2/21/14-16) a few drawings for Rainthorpe Hall, later the home of his grandson Sir Charles Harvey (1849-1928). Related records were kept and references are made to a book of elevations and to lithographs and photographs, but these are not known to have survived.
Many of the drawings are undated or dated only by reference to the granting of a lease or to additional building works; consequently the dates in the list are often approximate. Similarly, most are unsigned and unattributed though the earliest drawings for Mousehold House (MC 91/1/8/1, 1/17-18 and 20) are possibly by Stephen Mear of Norwich and the names of [Henry] and John Henry Hakewill of Norwich and other local and non-local architects occur. Included is a series of watercolour drawings of elevations probably to be attributed on the basis of two signed drawings to John Ninham the Norwich artist (see MC 91/1/21, 24 and 29). Additions and alterations are frequently made to the drawings, some in the form of hinged flaps, and details of leases granted and of building materials used are recorded often. Elevations occur only when stated.

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The two albums were dismantled in 1998 and the contents stored separately for their better protection. The original sequence of the drawings can be deduced from their numbering: MC 91/1 and 2 are the numbers given to the two original albums. The following items were originally loose inserts between the bound drawings with adjacent subnumbers MC 91/1/2/1, MC 91/1/14/1, MC 91/1/18/1, MC 91/1/37/1, MC 91/1/44/1-2, MC 91/2/1-10, MC 91/2/6/1-2, MC 91/2/8/1-3, MC 91/2/9/1-4, MC 91/2/11/1-4 and 8, MC 91/2/13/1, MC 91/2/19/1, MC 91/2/20/1 and MC 91/2/21/1-19. A few drawings could not be identified or located when the list was revised, they are marked as not identified 1998.

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Created 11/03/2002 by Droip. Modified 19/08/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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