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Antiquarian Papers

H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence was a keen collector of antiquarian papers. This section includes material by Guybon Goddard, Anthony Norris, Benjamin Mackerell, Sir John Fenn, Revd G.H. Dashwood, and G.H. Anderson. There are separate sections for the papers of Edward Milligen Beloe (BL/BE), Revd George Hunt Holley (BL/HO), Revd George Munford (BL/MF) and for H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence's own papers (BL/LW). Most of the papers listed in this section relate to north-west Norfolk or to King's Lynn.

Sir John Fenn; 1739-1794; antiquary; East Dereham, Norfolk

Castle Rising

This is a collection of miscellaneous items put together by Harry Bradfer-Lawrence who was agent to the Howard family and steward of the manor in the early 20th century. Most of the earlier papers relate to control of votes for parliamentary candidates in what was a pocket borough.

Drainage, Harbours and Navigation

This section contains papers relating to North Norfolk land drainage, inland navigation and the harbour of King's Lynn. Most of these papers came from the archive of the Bagge family of Gaywood: those relating to the drainage of Marshland and the surrounding are were among the papers of Thomas Dixon whose property was inherited by the Bagges, and those relating to inland navigation and King's Lynn harbour reflect the Bagges' interests as merchants and ship owners. Other records, such as the Norfolk Sewers books, were probably purchased - a few have a note of provenance. There are also miscellaneous papers relating to drainage in other sections of the Bradfer-Lawrence catalogue.

Families, Individuals, Autographs

This section consists primarily of correspondence and papers purchased by Harry Bradfer-Lawrence. Many are single items, for example interesting letters written by notable people mainly from North West Norfolk, and miscellaneous commissions and appointments collected for their signatures. There are small groups relating to Norfolk families (Hovell of Hillington), and to individuals who came from Norfolk (such as the artists John Sell Cotman and James Stark) or had Norfolk ancestry (Admiral Sir Sidney Smith). Very few give any indication of when or where they were purchased.

In addition to the purchased material, there are a number of items from the collection of Edward Milligen Beloe which was given to Bradfer-Lawrence by his widow. There are also two scrapbooks containing autographs of individuals from King's Lynn and North Norfolk. For these, Bradfer-Lawrence clearly raided the papers of Philip Case, King's Lynn attorney, and the Bagge family of Gaywood, which he was given by their descendants. Most of the items selected were bonds, bills and receipts; regrettably, the autograph volumes also contain signatures cut from bonds and deeds.

National and Local Government

This section contains miscellaneous items relating to national and local government, probably the most important of which are the muster rolls for Norfolk, dating mainly from 1577, which were transcribed in Norfolk Record Society, Vols VI-VII.

Inclosure Papers

This section contains inclosure commissioners' papers, acts, awards, etc. Most of these are for the Bagge family's estates at Gaywood and Mintlyn, Islington and Tilney, and Stradsett but there are many miscellaneous items which were acquired by H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence from local solicitors and as gifts.

King's Lynn

This is a collection made by the antiquary Harry L. Bradfer-Lawrence of items relating to King's Lynn. These came from a number of different sources. The majority are from the papers of Philip Case, attorney of King's Lynn, and his relations, the Bagges, who were aldermen and mayors of King's Lynn. Others were acquired by purchase from the collections of other Lynn antiquaries such as E.M. Beloe and G.H. Anderson, and as single items in various salerooms. There is some overlap with sections BL/CS 2-3 (papers of Philip Case), and BL/AQ 2 (King's Lynn antiquarian papers).

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