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Manorial Records

This section contains all the manorial records in the Bradfer-Lawrence collection apart from those for the manor of Stradsett which are to be found in BL/CS 6, with some miscellaneous items for Gaywood, Grimston and West Walton. The two largest sections in BL/MA are for the records of the manors of Gaywood and Islington, both of which belonged to the Bagge family of Gaywood for whom H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence was land agent. Most of those in BL/MA 60-67 belonged to the Townshends of Raynham and are related to items in BL/T 13, all of which were presumably purchased when much of the Townshend archive was dispersed. The few items for Castle Rising in BL/MA 57 may have been acquired by Bradfer-Lawrence in his capacity as steward.
The other manorial records belonged to a variety of families, and were acquired from local solicitors, booksellers, and by gift. Where provenance is known, this is stated.

Costessey Manorial

Court Rolls, 1282-1581; Court Books, 1530-1676; Court Books: Alphabetical Series, 1677-1925; Court Minutes, 1532-1874; Court Book Abridgements and Abstracts of Admissions, 1558-1874; Court Roll and Court Book Extracts, 17th century; Court Files, Presentments and Verdicts, 16th century-1679; Suit Rolls, 18th century; Extents and Rentals, 1488-1719; Quit Rentals, 1835-1880; Accounts, 1891-1892; Leet Books, 1625-1844; Court Estreats and Fine Books, 1661-1814; Miscellaneous Manorial Papers, 14th century-1888.

Costessey Manor; 1189-1925; Costessey, Norfolk