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Bilham of Hackford and Whitwell additional estate papers

  • ACC 2004/65
  • Temporary
  • 1844

Sale particular relating to messuage adjoining Reepham churchyard and other property at Reepham and Hackford, endorsed with agreement for purchase of messuage by John Bilham of Whitwell.

Papers relating to Woodgate Estate of Robert John Woods Purdy and other Aylsham material

Woodgate estate Aylsham

'Woodgate' envelope: two copies of sale particulars 1920 Aylsham Apr 24 with plan for 6 farms 757 acres, one copy annotated for lot 6 sold to Ed de Grey Seaman for £2300, the other 'Mrs T W Purdy'; consent for overhead electric line 1934; letter re deeds 1995. (large envelope) 1920-1995

'Very old maps and plans re Woodgate' envelope: tracing of plan, coloured, with key to colouring lady Suffield, Jn Middleton, Anne Smythe, James Soame, Lord Orford, Rev S Pitman (unfit for production); tracing, foed, of Plan of Estates in Aylsham, 49cm 71cm, showing 51 plots with acreage and field names inc Woodgate house, stack yard and 'bath', nd but see field book of 1831 of Henry Soame in ACC 2016/157 Lot 1385 (envelope with 2 plans on tracing paper), 19th cent, 1831

Reference key to vicarial and rectorial tithes payable on Robert John Woods Purdy Woodgate estate 510 acres (1 paper) nd [post 1870]

Schedule of docs relating to Spa Farm Aylsham belonging to RJWP in mortgage to Philip Candler Shepheard of Gayton for £5000: 1801 admission of Barbara Bell; 1856 Samuel Pitman; May 1867 Pitman mortgage to Jn Postle; July 1867 Pitman mortgage to Charles Atkinson; Pitman to Hy Hooke and Thos Hanworth; Rackham; mortgage paid off 1878, absolute surrender Oct 31 1878 Samuel Pitman to RJWP and land in Vicarage Manor) (1 paper) 1878

Schedule of documents of estate at Aylsham belonging to RJW Purdy in mortgage to Wm Forster of Blickling for £5000: As to part late Soame: Vicarage Manor 1776 Dec admiss of S, J & H Soame; 1804 S Soame to Henry Soame; 1833 George Soame adm; 1847 Indent 1.Wm Earl Lytton Bulwer S Pitman etc 2. S Pitman etc 4. George Soame; Ay Lancaster manor: admiss G Soame; 1847 George S to William Repton, Jebediah Barcham & Cook Fuller; etc 1850s Thomas Copeman 1853 mortgage to W Barnard Cook; 1856 (both manors) T Copeman to R Woods who was admitted; As to part late Pitmans Ayl Lanc: 1873 mortgage paid (Jn Postle) Pitman to RJWP admitted and 1878 mortgage to Forster (1 paper) 1878

Letter from Wm Forster for mortgage (ie RJW Purdy lent Forster £2000 on security of Forster's Bacton property deeds) (1 letter) Jan 1872 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Envelope and letter from Theodore Marsh of Cawston Rectory advising Purdy on setting his new sundial and inviting him over to see his own. [see photograph of Marsh in Part 42] (1 envelope and letter) Oct 1872

Specification for building a lodge at Aylsham for RJWP for £150 from Fred Culley (1 paper) 1882 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Letter from WM Foster Aylsham asking for £100 underpaid on Wickes purchase (1 letter) 24 May 1895 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Lease T Purdy esq of Wood Norton Hall solicitor to Lt Col T W Purdy of Aylsham solicitor, for Woodgate House and 33 acres for 21 years at £100 pa. T Purdy had property under settlement Aug 1938 (1 parchment) September 1938

Abstract of title to freehold estate at Woodgate Aylsham starts 1863 ends 1922 (1 paper) 1938

Supplemental abstract of title to Aylsham estate in Ayl Vicarage manor of TW Purdy starts 1873 ends enfranchisement 1920 (1 paper) 1938

Envelope of abstracts of title of Thos Woods Purdy to Woodgate and Stonegate estate at Aylsham (1863-1920) 1967 (2 copies); supplemental abstract to Woodgate Farm (1942-1961) 1965 (re railway); supplemental abstract to estate of TWP at Aylsham (1922) 1965; supplemental abstract to freehold site Woodgate house etc (1938-1960) 1966 (2 copies) (1 large envelope) 1965-1967

Sale particulars for the farming and dairy implements of Woodgate Farm. Auctioneer Plumbly of Felmingham. Two copies One printed with some pencil annotations against the livestock section; the other marked with all prices Two copies 1902

A small sketch of the now submerged location of the original bath in Woodgate House's Bath Meadow. The mound and later spring and small bath just to the south are shown, together with a section of the soil composition of the layers of the mound. Reverse is printed sale notice at St Gregory's Church School Norwich, dated 8th December 1891.
[This may help to date the second stage of etending the lake, possibly at around this date.] (1 paper) nd [c 1891]

Three card mounted photographs:
Photograph of a lady on horse outside Woodgate House's front door. A baby is held by an older woman. The horsewoman is almost certainly Ada, wife of RJWP, and the baby one of their two sons, probably their first. The older woman matches the one in another family photo dating from 1867 to 1871, almost certainly Ada's mother Ann Cook of Thwaite. The likely date of this photo is 1872-3 if of the first son or 1874 if of the second. The doorway is slightly changed from the original that RJWP stood in front of in another family photo of 1867-71, showing that the evolution from the original doorway to the present one happened in two stages between his arrival in about 1864 and photographs of the house of about 1890.
Photograph of Woodgate Lake after its first etension but before the later etension shown on the sketch above. Probably dates from the very early 1870s and the lack of undergrowth at the edges of the Lake show the work had only just been completed. A man is standing up sculling a small boat on the Lake, with a woman lounging under her parasol.
Photograph of Woodgate House from the field to the south-west showing the very newly created ha-ha wall at this corner of the garden grounds. A woman stands in the doorway which shows the interim brickwork above the door itself. The house and all the buildings to the rear have been completely modernised. [
The three photographs are all produced in the same format with keyline with identical mounts and with similar levels of foing. They date from 1872-3 or at latest 1874.
[ Given the close connection to WJ Finch, the Aylsham photographer from about 1870, they are almost certainly taken by him.] (3 photographs), 1870s.

Coloured photograph of Woodgate gardens with notes re trees on reverse. The 100ft Wellingtonia, on left foreground, died after drought of 1976 and felled in 1982 when 120 rings were counted (1 photograph) nd [c1893]

Two photographs of Millgate House, Aylsham. [Tom Purdy jnr born at Millgate House 1909] (2 photographs) nd (c1900; c 1920s)

Photograph of interior of Woodgate house by B[erney] Seymour of Commercial Rd Aylsham [fl 1890-1920] (1 photograph) nd [c 1900]

Photograph of Nona Purdy nee Hunt and ?visiting family at Woodgate, by Dawson of Norwich (1 photograph) nd [c 1910]

Mounted photograph of shooting group [probably on Woodgate estate with ? RJWP 5th from right] (1 photograph) nd [c 1910]

Estimate and sketch for lawn tennis court for TW Purdy by Barker of Aylsham (1 paper) May 1910

Envelope re installation of electric supply and lighting at Woodgate House by A Pank & Son Norwich (with quote from E & C Gates of Norwich) (1 envelope) 1922

Letter to Col Thomas Purdy from Walter Rye with advisory notes and photographic eamples of panelling being redone at Woodgate House (1 envelope) 1926

Envelope of letters and estimates for work at Woodgate in the library and renewing bathroom and lavatory, J W Palmer of Aylsham (1 envelope) 1935-1936

Items clipped together: envelope addressed to TWP; notes re farm implements and furniture sold at auction (signed by H Hagon) at North Walsham; note of two addresses in Africa (1 file) nd

Typed inventory and condition of contents of Woodgate House (1 paper) Feb 1949.

Papers relating to Woodgate Estate of Robert John Woods Purdy and other Aylsham material

Aylsham: other properties and papers
Copy of Terrier of the Parsonage house and glebe lands belonging to the Impropriation of Aylsham and also how the partable lands of the vicar (Mr Jonathan Wrench) and Mr Thomas Coulson the Impropriator are divided. (Details the acreages in each close on two Soames farms near Cawston Road and Cawston Heath and how they are split) (1 paper) Aug 1720
Land tax assessment for Aylsham 1737 (with 1737 assessment for Burgh next Aylsham folded inside) (2 papers) 1737
Sketch 'A Plan of Parsonage Land situate in Aylsham ... belonging to the Parish of Buxton ... taken 1793' with key to fields. Shows cottages and lands owned by Buxton parish poor trustees. [The original has not yet been found.] Pencil on tracing paper. Watermarked 1884 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Printed pages of Aylsham section of 1792 Universal British Directory (small item placed in modern envelope for safety) (Printed paper) 1792

Marriage settlement for Thomas Soame gent, a son of Samuel Soame gent of Aylsham, with Elizabeth Gay of Aylsham spinster. Samuel settles a messuage on road to Cawston and c 76 acres [now Sankence Lodge farm] (1 parchment) Nov 1724

Aylsham parish bounds, signed by Wm Repton (1 booklet) nd (watermarked 1806)

List of Aylsham population, for the census, listing head of household, numbers and ages of members and location of houses, compiled by William Morris, assistant overseer. [A second copy is in the Aylsham Town Archives and was published as Aylsham in 1821 by the Aylsham Local History Society in 1997.] (1 booklet) May 1821

Letter from G E ?Cain, Jesus College Cambridge to his college fellow Revd R A Rackham at Rackham's being presented with living of Whatfield rectory (1 letter) Oct 1832

Terrier of lands, as required by Poor Law Commissioners: Aylsham parish property for the use of the poor (inc Church rate land) with names of tenants and charity trustees. (Shows Cressy charity: the workhouse rented by the union (£68 pa) in 1836 but unoccupied 1837, pt occupied by Wade and Mash 1838, one cottage & garden built by Edw Platten his for life one cottage and garden. All Ayl Lancaster copyhold. Four cottages on hill called Alms yard supposed freehold. Porters & Snellings charity - three cottages adj Mr Wickes land (Ayl Wood copyhold). Town meadow (used for church rate); Town Houses (4 and shop) near the Anchor, supposed freehold.
[cf to C/GP 1 494 Union terrier for Aylsham parish entry; in both, property descriptions have been muddled between bequests] (1 volume) Mich 1836-Mich 1838

Cpt lease of Stonegate Farm and 96 acres for 12 years at £180 from Rev Robert Alfred Rackham of Suffolk to John Chapman of Aylsham. With tracing plan of lands and valuation notes inc Buxton poor land (not in lease). [now Stonegate Farm but not including Abbey Farm] (1 parchment) July 1860

Map of land at Aylsham occupied by Mr Richard Clarke [Spa Farm] surveyed by Wm Mileham of Aylsham with printed coloured key with 18 plots; abuttal Warnes execs .
[see Part 20 for larger version of same map] (1 rolled map) 1861

Sale particular of farming stock at Spa Farm Aylsham for RJW Purdy (1 paper) Oct 1898

Photograph of full stagecoach outside the Black Boys with 'Garner' sign on the inn. Note on reverse says Henry Garner landlord there 1865-74 (1 photograph) nd c 1874 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Newscutting re vipers (Aylsham) BB Sapwell (1 newscutting) 1891 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Small sketch showing a very small section of railway line, with a building. A road and a line 'produced from approach to Blickling Hall' give measurements, possibly for footpath change. [Location possibly near Middleton's Dole, Aylsham.]. Scale 12 inches to a mile. (tracing paper) nd (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Letter from Frederick Duleep Singh to RJW Purdy re unveiling of tablet to Christopher Layer in Aylsham (1 letter) 1908 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Auction notice for household sale at Vicar Street, Wymondham, property of T A Rackham esq, annotated with sale prices. [Thomas Alfred Rackham died in summer 1912; his mother was Elizabeth Ann Saunders of Aylsham and father Rev Robert A Rackham had sold Stonegate farm in Aylsham to Robert Woods c 1867] (1 poster) Aug 1912

Schedule of Aylsham tithe rent charges 1921 and certificate of rentcharge (2 papers) Dec 1921

Sealed certificates of Aylsham tithe rentcharge, 31 Dec 1921 (annotated J E R Vicarial and Rectorial) 16 May 1922, 31 May 1922, 31 Dec 1922 (annotated TWP), 31 Dec 1923 (annotated Copeman: Butterfield garden and Mrs Edward. All impropriator.) See Part 23 (1-5) for altered apportionments. (5 parchments) 1921-1923

Aylsham Conservative Association: bundle of accounts and posters re fetes at Woodgate (1 bundle) 1928-1931

Envelope of cheques for expenses of Woodgate fetes 1927 and 1928 (1 envelope) Aug 1927-Aug 1928

Notice of assessment for drainage rates Spratts Green Farm, Aylsham (1 paper) 1931

Papers re T A Rackham estate legacy of timber to Purdy (1 envelope) 1933

Development value claim for 'John Soames mill stackwood close' (1 paper) 1950 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Draft letter to 'John' re work at Spratts Green bungalow and application to the RDC for a grant. Written on paper dated Jan 1956 (1 paper) nd (c 1956)

Notes re rent of Spratts Green by Sq Leader G Churton Knowles (up to Aug 1956) and Fl Lt J M Preston June 1957 (1 file of papers) 1956-57

Plan and elevation of proposed Bull House for Mr Monk Cawston Road Aylsham by Hodgekiss & Son (Plan; tracing paper) nd [20th century]

Photograph of William Forster, solicitor in Market Place (1 photograph) nd [pre 1906]

Photographs of Rev Samuel Shepheard, vicar of Calthorpe, later RC chapel Aylsham and William Forster in churchyard (Mounted photos) nd [pre 1906]

Notes of exchequer bill 1669 re Fawcett and Purdy re vicarage tithes in Aylsham. Wm Purdy was farmer and miller in Aylsham. (1 paper) nd [modern] (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)

Tax letter re Purdy and Holley solicitors partnership to be deemed continuous through 1979 changes (1 letter) 1979 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety).

Robert John Woods Purdy of Foulsham and Aylsham (d 1916): Mannington and Wolterton

RJWP author copy of Mannington Hall, N&N Arch Soc Vol xiv pp321-328 [1901] printers set with original photos, OS map inserted and authors ms index notes, sketches of arms on fireplaces. Letter from Charles Tomes (tenant of Mannington Hall) to Purdy challenging the Paston-Lumnor tree that Purdy has used. With mounted copies of Mannington map used in article [wrongly dated 1565, see See You in Court: the Potts family of Mannington, Norfolk 1584-1737, Vaughan-Lewis W & M, 2009 App2 p589 for correct dating of map to 1595] 1901

Draft notes for article, 1900

Letter from Fred Johnson of Gt Yarmouth re Dodge family and Potts of Mannington and correcting Purdy on dates, Jul 1902.

Mannington Hall and its Owners, Charles S Tomes [rare]. Updates and expands Purdy's article, 1916.

Mounted photograph of Mannington Hall taken before removal of single storey addition and temple, c. 1890.

Sale catalogue of contents of Wolterton Hall, late of Horatio Lord Orford, 1859.

Envelope re drafts of Latin inscription offered to the 5th Earl of Orford for Wolterton Hall after restoration Composed by C H Garland, Matthew Vaughan of Haileybury College Hertford and Tom Purdy. Noted that Garland's was selected. (in later envelope) 1903.

Copy of [Itteringham] tithe apportionment giving owners, occupiers etc but no rentcharges. With small paper re Lady Suffield's three fields next to [Wolterton] Park. [It appears that small slices of the three fields, that the Blickling estate had earlier bought up from the Robins family of Itteringham, were desired by the Walpoles. See Good Neighbours: Itteringham, Norfolk in the 18th Century, William and Maggie Vaughan-Lewis, 2010.] Watermark ed 1840
See letters Orford to RJWP 21 April 1898, 24 Feb 1908 re same issue.

Bundle of letters, mainly between RJWP and Robert Walpole 5th Earl of Orford : re shared archaeological interests; shooting and fishing inc trip together to Norway (with some from Mrs Ada Purdy to RJWP) July 1890. 1873-1911 (1 artificial bundle):

25 Nov 1873 To R Purdy esq Aylsham from ?F Walpole at Langley Park Norwich
I have thought a very great deal over your case and do not know what to advise you. A case would do you no good, nor do I think, would a correspondence. It is very vexatious.

Two letters in one envelope from Ada Purdy of Woodgate House Aylsham to her husband Robert J W Purdy staying in Bergen Norway with Robert and Mrs Walpole
3 July 1890
Dearest Robert, hope you have arrived safely in my thoughts all day long. Details her activities on the estate and her visits to Orton's farm, Lake's farm and Wones cottage; the White house [Thwaite].Their man Witham and on farm, Doughty; made strawberry jam, discusses sheep, bullock, hay and haystacks. Herbert and Edith helping her; Jane and Jack discussed. Expect Tom to have his enlarged tonsil taken off after the holiday at Southwold. Invited to Caister by Mrs Dick [Morton] and Maria Morton. Going to see the Walpole's little daughter on Saturday. Hope Mr Walpole is better. had a card from Tom who is first in the [Greek] grammar paper. Going to Wolterton to see Jane.
6 July 1890
Rode to Wolterton on Friday; rainfall measurement; affect on crops; Payne from the Spa says gale blew a chimney onto the roof of the old house and rain came into his bedroom. Slap put on an oil cloth. Will go with Herbert and decide. Going to Caister. Had invite to stay with Ellen Purdy at Tivetshall but impossible. Hall drove her to Burgh Hall where Walpole's little daughter was well and had enjoyed day at Waborne and the sea. Discusses Jack's trouble and Mrs Money. Mr Forster says he should not give her a penny.

Two letters in one envelope
10 July 1890
Hope he is catching salmon. Herbert and she went to see farm house chimney at the Spa; when repaired need not be so high (cost less and not too heavy for the old house) but have another look when Slap has scaffolding up. Went to Burgh to see little girl very well and merry. Fred Ives is going to live at Itteringham. Ld Orford has agreed to repair Thwaite Hall for Major Farmar with new floors in the bedrooms. Herbert said Orford must build him a cottage for a man if the Major takes the Hall. Jane brought Lizzie to spend a few days with Ada.
small faded photo of two men sitting outside timber building with fish. [Walpole and Purdy?]
13 July 1890
Thank you a thousand times for long and delightful letter with sketch of view from window. Hope Mr Walpole will look a little stronger. Mr Sapwell was obliged to turn over a haystack. Herbert drove her to the Spa again. Slap had taken down but not as bad as thought. Will put two pots on the flues so will be almost as high as before but no new bricks needed. Hope you will not think the chimney now spoils the look of the old house. Discusses livestock prices and grass cutting. His subscription to the Foulsham Horticultural Show is due. Going to Southwold tomorrow (day trip) to get lodgings. Shall go to see little girl at Burgh this week; [Dr] Morton saw her recently. Called at the Union to invite children to tea if it's dry on Thursday.

Two letters in one envelope
17 July 1890
The little girl was not very well this morning (probably just the hot weather and her teeth). Dr Morton has been over this evening -nothing wrong but he will go again tomorrow. The nurse at Burgh will send for me if she is worse and Dr Morton will send a telegram to Lady Walpole. Union children here despite rain, rather trying. Have taken rooms at Swan Hotel in Southwold- I think dear Tom will like the place. Had a lovely day on the Broads in Tuesday. Alfred and Fred Doughty have been shooting all over the place; told Wones to send them to her but only Fred came. Gave him a lecture not to shoot any more rabbits. Alfred is worse shooting at hours when he should be working - he frightened Emily dreadfully as he shot near her cottage. I shall go to him tomorrow if he does not come.
19 July 1890
More rain; sale of livestock; Alfred Doughty did not come so she drove up to the farm and told him to show more respect. Mrs Walpole's little girl much better. Lizzie rode to Wolterton to see her mother. Jack's case is on Monday and is with City cases so unfortunately a city jury. Invite from Sir Alfred Jodrell to supper after fireworks on 31st but refused as dear Tom comes home then.

Letters to RJWP at Woodgate House Aylsham from Robert H Walpole, 5th Earl of Orford (from 1895)
Three letters in one envelope:
11 June 1890 Carlton Club
Re ticket for Purdy for steamer. Will not need fishing wading stockings. W has waders, brogues and woollen stockings.
3 August 1890 from Norfjordeid Norway (on Burgh Hall, Aylsham paper)
Glad to hear of Purdy's safe arrival. On voyage he met the Emperor. Thank you for the boots. Talks of fishing since Purdy left. Hope to be back at Burgh by 19th
13 August 1890 from same
Thanks for going over to see the child at Burgh . Mrs W thanks for sending word of the baby. Leaving Bergen on Saturday.

13 Jan 1891 (in wrong envelope) from Grosvenor Square London thanking him for congratulations of birth of son on 9th at 15 Grosvenor Sq. Asks Purdy to put announcement in the Chronicle for him as he does not have address . My uncle seems very pleased at the result.

21 Dec 1893 Washington USA
Been to New York; disappointing, has unfinished look about it. Describes Pineville Kentucky (has a share in a mine) - a lynch town where they shoot each other and get mad drunk. Going to spend winter in Florida. Then California and north to see father-in-law's railways (he has got into British Columbia with them now).

18 Aug 1894 from 192 Broadway New York (no envelope)
Sorry to have missed the Arch Society visit, it must have been interesting. Discusses his travel and shooting plans. Everyone seems to have suffered from the late depression. We saw little of the riots but were delayed at St Pauls for ten days till we could get passes by the only line that did not strike, the workers have had a severe lesson that will do them good I think, strikes for sympathy seem to be overdoing things rather.......we are all well, our nurse is going as she does not suit us and we send her home; she refuses a place with my sister-in-law £48 a year to look after one baby and to travel to England at the end of a year; when we return we shall want a nursery - premises for my little girl. Mrs Walpole wishes to be remembered most kindly to Mrs Purdy.

14 October 1894 Spokane Falls Washington (envelope)
Shooting and travels. Horse fell and he was bad for a few days. Sorry to hear about Purdy's accident. Coming home via New York.
(black edged from here)
[1894] Dec 10 from Robert Walpole 37 Green St Park Lane [now 5th Earl of Orford]
My uncle's funeral is to be at Mannington at 11 o'clock on Wednesday [Horatio 4th Earl of Orford]

18 Jan 1895 (in envelope from Villa Allegria Cannes France
Have been here for two weeks -rain, snow and frost. Have been terribly dull here and am anxious to get home again. shall start next week for London. Mr Horace has sent me some of the Wolterton pictures which is kind of him. I also bought some armour and weapons and sent them to Mannington. You must come over and see them when I come down. I have heard nothing regarding the audits yet. Is not the man at the Saracens going to lease, I hear he only amuses himself but daresay it is not the case...Some people have been down to Wolterton to make an estimate for doing it up but I shall not know the result till I return home; funds are not at all plentiful and I fear it is far worse than I had thought. Most of the harm seems to have taken place during the last few years. Did you hear that my uncle's personalty was over £360,000? Of course my cousin gets the money and I get the worry, the government gets £94,000 which is a sin.
My cousin would not buy Mannington which I offered him; I have no sort of affection for the place, it is such bad taste and it is not comfortable and also too small for anything I want it for. I imagine there are some trout in the moat; if not I shall put some in but do not know how to catch them.
Who is going to buy Oxnead? it will require a lot to put it in order if they mean to live there.

11 Feb 1895 (in envelope) from 37 Green St Park Lane London: thanks for birds shot by Mr Tom; hear that a brother of the keeper Ayton fined for poaching which fine was paid by Davidson at Mannington- shews what a pretty lot of rogues they are in that part. Col Walpole will have told you of the splendid house he has bought in London; we are hoping he will not overdo things as £10,000 a year is not unlimited. I wish weather was fine so we could get down to Mannington but London seems the best place this weather. I am to see the baby tomorrow- my wife says it is a poor emaciated little thing.

28 Feb 1895 37 Green Street Park Lane
Thanks for welcome letter and duck and snipe. Sent former to Lady Dorothy as she has done several things for me of late. Sorry to hear of Mr Ives being ill, I wrote him a note. I have been prostrated with influenza - eating nothing. Have Chapman but he does not seem to do me good. We talk of going to Bournemouth for a short time and then to Norfolk but are uncertain. ..I have often wished to go to Hickling Broad but have never done so. I am glad you found Williamson about, he has been very ill..... I am clearing up a little at Mannington, the dirt of ages has accumulated and I wish if cleared away. I wonder if the moat has frozen. I do wish I could get down but everyone is against it and it is draughty. Remember Lady Orford most kindly to Mrs Purdy

18 May 1895 from 37 Green Street (no envelope)
Has been very unwell -done nothing and been in bed. Going to Brighton for a week; hoping to get to Norfolk soon. Grateful for the trout. Lady Orford and little girl are flourishing.

19 Jan 1896 Hotel des Anglais Nice
Went to Cannes to see my mother. It is very kind of you to put up our little girl I'm sure she will be very happy and I hope not give much trouble

29 March 1896 SS Cecile Athens (on Metropole Chicago paper)
My little girl was so pleased with her visit and full of your kindness; we both feel she was as safe as at home with us. He is much better. Been to Constantinople. Going to Venice, Nice and home.

12 April 1896 Yacht Cecile Venice
Venice is a paradise. Thanks for going to Mannington. Hope to be home in a months time.

20 Jan 1897 Carlton Club London
Ask Purdy to come for walk on Sunday when W is home. Mr Spurrell does not seem to care about Waborne (is letting it in summer months which he should not).

2 Feb 1897
W had letter from Sir Francis Boileau re electing T Purdy to the Norfolk Club; will have to wait until he has served his articles. Money has decided to take young Porett's farm. Hope to see you Sunday.

1897 Six letters in one envelope:
5 April 1897 from William's Hotel Macroom Ireland
Discusses arms of Peter Lombard and Woods. Came to Ireland 20 years ago but age and whiskey have killed off most of my friends. Asked Mr Lane the publisher to come to Mannington when I return. I shall show him Chittings Book. He says he will bring out a cheap edition of Horace Walpole's letters.
16 April 1897 from same
Discusses fishing.
3 May 1897 from London
Home from fishing; shall have to trust to the mere and the moat for trout when I come. Lady Orford and my little girl very well
25 June 1897 36 Bruton St
Sorry to have missed Mrs Purdy but glad she had good view of the procession. They also saw the Illuminations (such a crowd). Going to Naval Review tomorrow. Not home until at least mid July.
2 July 1897 36 Bruton St London
Cannot go to the Arch Society meeting on 7th & 8th, asks Purdy to find someone to take notes about Burnham Norton Priory and churches. I hear that the childrens fete I gave at Wolterton went off well. Poor Sir F Boileau is laid up at Welbeck St; I have been to sit with him several times The doctors say it is not serious but he must lay up for sometime.
5 July 1897 same
Going to Court Ball on 8th; just been to Weald Hall Essex fine old Tudor house. Probably going to Scotland. Hope Mrs Purdy and your son are flourishing.

Three letters in one envelope:
19 Nov 1897 Owsden Hall Newmarket
Had good shoot here, just leaving for home, invite to come over on Sunday
2 Dec 1897 36 Bruton Street
Hear gale left his mill at Waborne partly destroyed; not worth putting it in order for the rent he gets. Invite to shoot. Just off to a picture sale. Heard that Col Walpole will not be made bankrupt.
6 Dec 1897 Carlton Club
Bad news from Burnham; both my sea walls were broken away and the Norton and Overy marshes flooded. I have 30 men working and have bought up railway sleepers to make a temporary bank before spring tides. I thought the mill was bad but this is far worse. My cousin says Mr [Walter] Rye is very rash in some of his statements. Col Walpole is to pay in full (and not be a bankrupt) I am told he is rather pleased with the whole business and likes to see his name in the paper.

17 March 1898 Carlton Club (envelope)
About to leave the country; do not like letting the house but Mr Brand wants house and shooting for five months; is a rich man with no family so will agree. Purdy offered to do anything for him while away; asks him to write to him to 'make a link to the old house I am very fond of'. War likely between Russia and Japan; editor of the Times has asked him to send any news. Lady Walpole keeps to her bed.

7 April 1898 SS Malacca Aden
Another 15 days at sea before we get to Penang. Lady Walpole quite well and recovered from her accident (walking without a stick). Life on board. Capt is a Norfolk man; also on board Mr Taylor MP for SE Norfolk. Brand will live at Mannington during shooting season; found out all about him in London -seems to be popular. Has asked Christies to bid for picture of Bishop Scamler.

Four letters in one envelope:
24 May 1898 Grand Hotel Yokohama
Describes Japan. Thanks Purdy for his kindness to his little girl. Hopes Mrs Purdy and Mr Tom are well. Happy with his tenants at Mannington and Waborne.
21 July 1898 same
Details of Japan. Thanks Purdys for going to see the little girl- is looking forward to seeing her soon. Wished he had heard about land sale as would have bought anything that cut into Blickling near the lake of the Robins' house and land. How I dislike the idea of Mannington being occupied by strangers; I said [they could stay] a few days longer than the season but they have made it nearly a month.
I hope Mr Shepheard is better.
13 Aug 1898 c/o Corbin Spokane Washington
Found my little girl [Dolly] and Miss Craven here - looking well. Took her to swim in baths in the river. Let me know about the Roman road and if you find the old road runs by the ford.
8 Sept 1898 Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Yellowstone National Park
Very interested in the find at Mannington, when I looked at where they were digging it all seemed natural and I had no idea anything would turn up. Has the Library at Norwich suffered very much from the fire and are many of the books burnt? Wonders why the sale of small Windham properties did not come off.

2 Sept 1898 c/o D Corbin, Spokane Washington (envelope The Grand Hotel Yokohama Japan)
Been on duck shoot in Corbin's private car. Lady Walpole and little girl staying at her brother's house; planning trip to Idaho for big game. Father-in- law has done well by selling his railways. At home, Mr Sheppard and Dr Roper have died; the Canon of Aylsham has behaved in narrow minded way. Asks if any news of Col Walpole. Little girl is very well and brown from sun. Walpole grudges the people living at Mannington and shall miss the English shooting- there is no place like Norfolk.

6 Oct 1898 same (no envelope)
More duck shooting. Has new Kodak and sends Purdy two photos. Is going to Wyoming in few days. Read about Mr Spurrell's accident; asks Purdy to say how sorry he is. Thinking of doing up one of the houses at Waborne and shooting there next year (have given tenants notice re shooting). Mr Harmsworth [Rector of Itteringham] fished at Wolterton and caught 16 ½ lb pike. Lady Walpole went to New York today in father's car- takes five days to get there.

11 Nov 1898 from c/o of D Corbin, Spokane Washington US (in envelope)
Pleased to hear from you. Been disappointed in going to Wyoming as I was thrown over by my mother-in-law when I had made all the preparations and then the snow came and so I had to give it up this year.... had four days dangerous climbing in the snow and ice at Mission Mountain in Montana . His plans for travel across Canada; to visit Lady Orford's cousin in New Hampshire; go to Kentucky to see about his coal mine.... I am glad you have been to Mannington, the shooting seems to have been pretty fair considering the year and I believe there are plenty of pheasants. Heartily sick of being away from home.

12 Jan 1899 Carlton Club Pall Mall (in envelope)
Arrived after rough passage and are at Bruton Street. Shot a wild boar just before leaving America. I am so sorry that Mannington is let till the 5th of next month but we shall come home as soon as we can after that. I am trying to find out about the sale of the land I think by Abel Heath, I mean the land sold by the late Lord that was bought by the Blickling people, could you tell me what year it was sold, how much for and who was employed in the sale

25 Jan 1899 Carlton Club
Re shooting: has let the Wolterton seat to Mr Alfred Price but shall have Burnham and 6000 acres and shoot lightly. Col Walpole's furniture in London is to be sold on Thursday; he has sold the house, amongst other things is some of the old family tapestry and my late Uncles Views by Constable he was so fond of. Hope to come home on 11th. Glad to hear of Mr Ives. Lady Walpole set off for Paris with her mother. Mr Vade Walpole writing a short history of the family in the Genealogical Magazine over several months.

3 Feb 1899 Carlton Club (envelope)
Shall be glad to see Purdy on Sunday. Gives shooting totals. Has put a keeper in at Burnham and begun a new farm house for Mr Tom Mack. has mislaid names of lawyers who sold Abel Heath, could Purdy let him know again. Sorry to hear about Mr Spurrell -unlucky.

14 May 1900 Villa Allegria Cannes (envelope)
Arrived to find poor mother very bad and doctor with little hope but she is already a little better (was lonely). Doctor a nice Englishman. Walpole will stay with her. Lady Walpole returns to Mannington today.

4 May 1900 36 Bruton Street London
Been busy on a committee in the House of Lords. Visiting in Kent. Missing Archaeological meetings. Thinks he has a tenant for Burnham. With two cheques on Aylsham bank dated Sept 1900 for Mr Rudd and Messr Barwell & Sons.

24 May 1900 from Villa Allegria Cannes (envelope)
I do not wish to sell the advowson (want £3000 for it) I do not find livings are any good to me, they are rather doubtful property but I like to own those near where I live. Is thinking of spending £2000 on Waborne but not clear where to begin. Mother is progressing but very weak so staying longer with her.

30 May 1900 from Villa Allegria Cannes France (in envelope)
I am always so interested in what goes on at home and it is so kind of you to write. My mother is going on well and the doctor says I may take her home in ten days

8 April 1901 Naples
Eyes very bad; doctor ar Cannes did no good so will go to famous oculist at Wiesbaden after Rome. Describes travels. Lady Walpole wishes to go to Paris he wishes to go home. I have built a strong room at Mannington.

21 April 1901 Wiesbaden Germany (in envelope)
The oculist says he can cure me if I am under his care for four to five weeks. I only use one eye now - the Grand Duke Michael of Russia told me at Cannes to 'go straight to Pagenstecher at Wiesbaden and tell him I told you to come, he cured me and he can cure you if anyone can', he is the man the Queen sent for. [Hermann Pagenstecher 1844-1932]

25 April 1901 Weisbaden Germany [in envelope]
Glad General Bulwer was elected President. Purdy lucky his cycle accident not worse. Mr Forster is unwell. Mr Crundall is forming a company to develop his property at Waborne and wants Walpole to join him.

30 April 1901 from Wiesbaden [Germany] (in envelope)
....I do hope they catch [the dog poisoners at Aylsham] - it seems such a cowardly thing to poison people's dogs in such an underhand way. Has bought a centrepiece in silver of an old ship. My eyes seem much the same. a confabulation of doctors in the hotel today.

9 June 1901 Wiesbaden (envelope)
Not been allowed to read or write and eyes painful from hot treatment but can now go out with dark glasses. Interested in Purdy's account of the map; would more show if properly photographed to decipher more names. [Mannington 1595 map] Lady Walpole settled in London

17 June 1901 Wiesbaden [envelope]
Eyes going well. Burgh Hall is on market. Crundall has started 'by mistake' laying pipes on land W sold him (but is not yet paid for). He will stop the work and suggests legal counsel.

23 June 1901 Wiesbaden [in envelope]
Re Crundall wells being sunk diverting water from other users. Professor says he can leave in a few days. Interested in Purdy's pamphlet on moats.

15 July 1902 from Bruton Street (in envelope)addressed to Purdy at The Beeches Aylsham
re publishing Chitting's book. Shooting in Yorkshire in August. Coronation will only an hour - the music is to be cut out. With times of [Society] visit to Holt on Aug 21.

21 July 1902 from 36 Bruton Street London (no envelope)
Please do as you suggest about Chittings book. re trout in moat. Coming home today but have to be back for the coronation on 9th. It is to be quite a quiet affair and the king will be carried from his carriage to the Abbey and back. I hear there are some young partridge to be seen When do you think the harvest will begin? Was asked to spend the day at Strawberry Hill but was not well enough to go.

26 July 1902
Carlton Club Pall Mall (no envelope)
Hope to see you before long ; I am alright again. We go today to Cassiobury Park (Lord Essex). I hear Col Walpole came over and Warner drove him over to see Saxthorpe, cannot see how he is in camp I thought he had retired. I made a bid for some lead pipes sold at a sale at Chediston Hall, Suffolk, they went for £200 my bid was only half that. I hear well of the partridge. I am afraid King is to have Blickling, they will only let for one year I hear now and Mr [?]an does not care about so short a time.

Aug 1905 Postcard from Norway

24 Feb 1908 from Grand Hotel St Moritz-Dorf
Lady Orford and their daughter taking skating lessons. Walpole has had notice to quit the Blickling land he hires next to the Appletree [close] and the Park; seems very discourteous and un-neighbourly - I believe we had had it since the Hobart's bought it from the Robins.[Itteringham land] Do you think it is vital to my shooting?

29 Feb 1908
Leaving for London on Tuesday. Hoping to retain the shooting land from Blickling. Mentions Tomes who was refused the Blickling [Hall] shooting.

24 Dec 1908 to RJWP at Ivy House Foulsham from Wolterton (in envelope)
Christmas wishes and a duck from the lake. Will you come over to shoot Mossimere on the 30th? We meet there at 11 o'clock.

11 Oct 1910 to Ivy House Foulsham from 307 Seventh Avenue Spokane USA
Re travels; have been to Canada off to Los Angeles and California and then to New Zealand (until Jan 18) then via Marseilles and home in March. This is a fine country for making money but I would not live here for anything. The farmer will not grow sugar beet for us.

6 Nov 1910 Hotel Metropole Santa Catalina California to Ivy House Foulsham (in envelope)
Re fishing for tuna and shooting. San Francisco foggy and disappointing. Auckland will be hot. Mr Smith tells me he has pruned up the cedars again. Poor Mr Case I saw a short account of the tragedy in the Times.

9 Jan [1911] from 'camped on Kuratau River Lake Taupo New Zealand'
Re fishing, hot weather.

Aylsham Estate additional

Bundle relating to Aylsham Woodgate estate and minor additions by Robert Woods 1852-1856.

Copy of admission to lands in Aylsham Vicarage manor, Samuel, John and Henry Soame on the death of their father John Soame. Parchment 12 Dec 1776

Copy of surrender Samuel Soame and wife Mary to Henry Soame of Calthorpe, Aylsham Vicarage manor, lands not described. Paper 1 Feb 1804

Certificate of redemption of land tax for the Woodgate estate for Henry Soame being a mansion house and buildings with about 210 acres in Aylsham in his own occupation. Paper 25 Dec 1813

Copy of the probate of the will of Henry Soame gent, died 3 March 1833. Proved Norwich 23 March. Paper 1833

Bundle tied together. Copy of admission 12 Dec 1833 Aylsham Lancaster premises John Soame by the will of Henry Soame. Also includes: Lancaster manor surrenders/admissions of Henry Edward Soame to John Soame 12 Dec 1833; 22 April 1835 admission of James Soame following the death of John Soame; admission of William Soame 29 April 1846. 1 bundle Parchment 1833-1846

Copy of conditional surrender of John Soame to Robert Copeman of the Aylsham Lancaster part of the estate, except the Furze Closes which were sold to Lord Orford. Mortgage of £1,000. Paper 31 Dec 1833

Probate of the will of John Soame gent died 22 Feb 1834, proved Norwich 5 July 1834 Paper1834

Copy admission Aylsham Vicarage manor of James Soame under the will of John Soame. Parchment 19 Nov 1834

Norwich Union insurance policy for John Soame farmer of Aylsham, annotated 'now William Soame'. £750 cover for house, contents, a barn, barn and cartlodge, stables, gighouse and stable with granary above [Woodgate House and its home farm]. Endorsed with the mortgage interest of G & J Copeman and also a reduction in the amount of cover for plate in the contents. Includes a receipt for premium payment by the Copemans in 1851. Paper in envelope Sept 1834 -1851

Copy of conditional surrender of James Soame to Robert Copeman of Aylsham Lancaster part; loan now £1,500 and notes other charges against the estate totalling £4,000 also owed to Robert Copeman. Paper 31 Dec 1841

Probate of the will of James Soame died 29 January 1845, proved Norwich 5 July 1845 Paper 1845

Copy of admission of William Soame to Aylsham Vicarage part of the estate. Parchment 6 May 1846

Copy of conditional surrender by William Soame to George and Thomas Copeman of the Aylsham Lancaster part of the estate relating to loans of £2, 476 and £773 together £3,250. Paper 3 April 1849

Copy of conditional surrender Vicarage manor William Soame to George and Thomas Copeman noting the debt then at £3, 250. Paper 3 April 1849

Attested copy of release of a legacy charged on Aylsham estates relating to legacy of £1500 to Eleanor, daughter of Henry Soame. 1 paper 20 April 1849

Abstract of title to the Aylsham Lancaster parts of the Woodgate estate from death of John Soame In 1776. The abstract recites his admission in 1727 after death of his father Samuel in 1726. The estate is described in full with various mortgage loans. Ends in August 1850 when William Soame held the estate subject to a mortgage of £3,250 payable to George and Thomas Copeman. [This was the Lancaster main part of the estate acquired by Robert Woods.] 1 paper 1776-1850

Abstract of title to the Vicarage manor parts of the Woodgate estate which covered 3 ½ acres and starts in 1776. The abstract ends with the arrangements for the £3,250 loan above. 1 paper 1776-1850

Sale particular for Woodgate estate with signature of Robert Copeman (undated) noting that Robert Woods gent had contracted to purchase the estate as advertised but with minor alterations to conditions at a price of £6,625. 1 paper August 1850

Copy of the surrender of William Soame to Robert Woods of the Aylsham Lancaster parts of the Woodgate estate. £4,225 payable. Paper 12 Aug 1852

Copy of the surrender of William Soame to Robert Woods of the Aylsham Vicarage part of the Woodgate estate. £2,400 payable. Paper 12 Aug 1852

Copy of the admission in Aylsham Vicarage of Robert Woods to 3 ½ acres following the surrender of William Soame.Parchment 26 Nov 1852

Deed of covenant for production of deeds and papers: Henry Edward Soame of Aylsham to Robert Woods of Thurgarton. Schedule lists evidence of payment of legacies under the will of Henry Soame and the covenant between William Soame and George and Thomas Copeman. Parchment 12 Aug 1852

Acknowledgement of satisfaction of George and Thomas Copeman relating to Aylsham Vicarage manor and their mortgage loan to William Soame. 1 paper 1852

Acknowledgement of satisfaction from George and Thomas Copeman relating to Aylsham Lancaster manor allowing William Soame to surrender two Milbournes Closes together of 20a 1r 36p. [These were sold by William Soame to William Repton.] 1 paper 1852

Acknowledgement of satisfaction from the executors of Robert Copeman regarding the same land and the entitlements that had been made by Henry Soame, John Soame and James Soame, all deceased. 1 paper 1852

Note showing charges due from Robert Woods relating to the 1852 purchase, a total of £45 payable to William Repton and Thomas Copeman. Receipt for part payment enclosed. 1 paper 1852

Copy of the admission in Aylsham Lancaster of Robert Woods of Thurgarton gent to the Woodgate estate following the surrender of William Soame of Aylsham yeoman. Field names are listed. Parchment 20 April 1853

Receipt RW Parmeter to Robert Woods for conveyance costs of £45 and admission fees of £31. 1 paper April 1853

Note showing charges payable by Robert Woods to William Repton relating to purchase in Vicarage manor total £8. 1 paper 1856

Further note of charges relating to the 1852 and 1856 purchases in Vicarage manor, total £10. 1 paper 1856

Probate of the will and several codicils of Robert Woods late of Foulsham died 14 May 1870 leaving an estate under £12,000. Will made Sept 1863 proved July 1870. Executor Robert John Wood Purdy. Parchment 1870

Copy of the admission of Robert JW Purdy to the Aylsham Vicarage part of the Woodgate estate, under the will of Robert Woods deceased. 3½ acres formerly Soame's; 1a 3r 10p at Marys Beck; 2a 1r 20p formerly Rump's being part of Barnards Meadow and Grove Close from the surrender of Thomas Copeman in 1856. Parchment 17 Jan 1873.

Aylsham Estate additional

Bundle re estate of George Soame (late Pitmans in Aylsham acquired by Robert Woods. In wrapper 'writings with map of Hill piece, late Geo Soame 1854' [no map found]

Copy of admission of George Soame miller of Aylsham under the will of his father Henry Soame to land in Vicarage manor. Parchment 15 Nov 1833

Abstract of the title of the Reverend Samuel Pitman to an estate in Lancaster manor. Lot 3. 1 paper 1767-1834

Abstract of title of George Soame to lands in Aylsham Lancaster manor formerly of the Reverend Samuel Pitman. Recites from 17 March 1767 with surrender by Coulson Bell and ends with 1 May 1834 with the admission of the Reverend Samuel Pitman on the death of his mother Barbara Pitman. 1 paper 1834

Copy of settlement on the marriage of Harry Harris Pitman. Paper 16 July 1841

Abstract of deeds of settlement relating to copyhold estate late of the Reverend Samuel Pitman in Aylsham starting May 1809 with Pitman's marriage to Barbara Bell of Oulton. 'Mr Soame Lot 3' 1 paper Aug 1842

Abstract of deeds of settlement relating to copyhold estate of late Reverend Pitman starting 1809. 1 paper Aug 1842

Letter from Forster & Co. to Robert William Parmeter relating to the Pitman sale to Soame. Paper 9 Sept 1846

Copy of case and opinion by Mr Turner on abstracts of title of Reverend Pitman's estate in Aylsham in the purchase by George Soame. paper 15 Sept 1846

Copy of opinion of Francis Turner esq on the title of the Reverend Samuel Pitman to an estate in Aylsham Lancaster relating to the Pitman family settlements etc. 1 paper 19 Sept 1846

Further opinion by Francis Turner of 1846 relating to Pitman title. 1 paper 30 Sept 1846

Abstract of release of all Mr Pitman's estate from a charge of £3,000. 1 paper 11 Oct 1846

Abstract of release of Mr Pitman's estate from a charge of £3,000 relating to legacies to children of the Reverend Pitman charged against his Aylsham estates. 1 paper 11 Oct 1846
Copy of release by the trustees of Mr and Mrs HH Pitman's marriage of estate in Aylsham from a sum of £5,000. Paper 11 Oct 1846

Draft of deed of revocation, new appointment and for production of deeds William Earle Lytton Bulwer and various Pitmans to George Soame. Paper 1846

Deed of revocation and new appointment and covenant for production of deeds William Earle Lytton Bulwer as trustee and various Pitmans and others to George Soame. Parchment 24 Feb 1847

Abstract of indenture … for production of deeds relating to copyhold lands late Pitman's in Aylsham. 1 paper 24 Feb 1847

William Repton letter to Forster & Co relating to Pitman title, refers to the opinion by Francis Turner. 1 paper 12 Feb 1847

Letter from Forster & Co to William Repton relating to Pitman settlement information. 1 paper 13 Feb 1847

Letter from Foster & Co 1 paper 17 Feb 1847

Letter and copy from William Repton to Forster re same 2 papers 18 Feb 1847

Information re Oulton and Itteringham estates obtained from the Reverend Samuel Pitman July 1841 relating to settlement on his daughter Georgiana. With further copy. 2 papers 18 Feb 1847

Copy of surrender of Reverend Samuel Pitman to George Soame, Aylsham Lancaster manor. Parchment 24 Feb 1847

Copy of admission of George Soame by surrender of the Reverend Samuel Pitman, Lancaster manor. Parchment 13 Mar 1847

Copy of conditional surrender George Soame to William Repton and others, Lancaster manor. Paper 13 Mar 1847

Deed of covenant on preparing conditional surrender George Soame to William Barnard Cook. Parchment 31 Oct 1848

Copy of conditional surrender George Soame to William Barnard Cook for mortgage of £500 on premises in Lancaster manor 35a 2r 14p which he had from Reverend Samuel Pitman in 1847. Paper 31 Oct 1848

Copy of surrender of George Soame to Thomas Copeman Lancaster manor. Paper 9 Jan 1850

Copy of surrender of George Soame to Thomas Copeman Vicarage manor. Paper 9 Jan 1850

Copy of admission of Thomas Copeman in Lancaster manor following George Soame's conditional surrenders to William Barnard Cook and Thomas Copeman. Parchment 22 April 1850

Abstract of title to Vicarage manor part of the George Soame estate starting with the 1776 death of John Soame and ends with the 1851 unconditional surrender to Thomas Copeman by George Soame. 1 paper May 1851

Copy of admission of Thomas Copeman on surrender of George Soame Vicarage manor. Parchment 8 May 1851

Acknowledgement of satisfaction by William Repton and others relating to loan to George Soame secured on Vicarage manor lands. 1 paper 1 Oct 1853

Copy of conditional surrender of Thomas Copeman to George Copeman and Revd Hugh Hare, Lancaster manor lands once Pitman's. 1 paper 6 Dec 1853

Acknowledgement of satisfaction from William Barnard Cook relating to George Soame's conditional surrender 1 paper 22 Dec 1853

Acknowledgement of satisfaction of George Copeman and Reverend Hugh James Hare relating to conditional surrenders by Thomas Copeman. 1 paper 18 Sept 1854

Draft lease between Thomas Copeman and Messrs Harris and Trench for the lands just acquired from George Soame. Paper 8 Oct 1855

Sale particular for 39a 3r 4p in Aylsham and timber trees. Includes Grove Close, The Grove, part of Great Meadow, Mary Beck 10 Acres and Barnard's Meadow. The small estate of George Soame (excluding his mill on the Cawston Road). Annotated on the reverse with contract of sale to Robert Woods of Thurgarton for £2,500 with additional note of timber at £118. Paper 9 Oct 1855

Valuation of 314 oaks, 25 sweet chestnuts and other timber all described with their field locations totalling the same £118 as above. Valuation done by GE Burrell for George Soame and James Browne for Robert Woods (the purchaser). Paper 18 Dec 1855

Copy of surrender Thomas Copeman to Robert Woods premises in Aylsham Lancaster manor for £2,618 (part of the estate was in Vicarage manor). Lands included Barnard's Pightle, First Grove 6 Acres, Further 6 Acres, Lower Garroldstones now part of Grove Close, The Grove and a part of the Great Meadow. Paper 7 Jan 1856

Copy of surrender of Thomas Copeman to Robert Woods, land in Vicarage manor. Paper 7 Jan 1856

Copy of admission of Robert Woods to premises in Lancaster manor. Parchment 15 May 1856.

Aylsham Estate additional

Woodgate estate Aylsham, 1871-1955:

Schedule of deeds re Woodgate from 1871-1937 Paper 1937

Copy admission of Robert John Woods Purdy manor of Lancaster to Woodgate house and lands. Parchment 3 May 1871

Conditional surrender of Woodgate estate by RJW Purdy to Messrs JR Cook, R Shepheard and W Forster for mortgage of £6000. Paper 5 July 1871

Absolute assignment by Miss Ada Maria Cook of Thwaite to RJW Purdy of Aylsham her intended husband of interests under her father's will. Parchment 5 July 1871

Settlement on marriage of RJW Purdy and Ada Maria Cook. Parchment 5 July 1871

Copy conditional surrender RJW Purdy and Ada to William Forster of house and lands in manor of Lancaster for £5000. Paper 15 Nov 1878

Indenture of mortgage RJW Purdy to Wm Forster for £5000. Parchment 15 Nov 1878

Copy conditional surrender RJW Purdy to William Forster in trust for Ada Maria. (Ada to be repaid £2000 given to RJWP). Paper Feb 17 1888

Copy conditional surrender Aylsham Lancaster RJW gent to Wm Forster in trust for Mrs Purdy.(Ada to be repaid £1800 given to her husband.) Paper 21 Mar 1901

Copy absolute surrender in Lancaster RJW Purdy to Thomas Woods Purdy, out of affection for his son, of a triangular piece of land with cottage occupied by George Wones at sw corner of Cats Wood Aylsham (tithe no 618). Paper 24 May 1901

Copy admission of Thomas Woods Purdy to cottage and land. Parchment 21 May 1902

Conveyance between RJW Purdy and son Thomas Woods Purdy of the freehold and copyhold estates in Aylsham and Foulsham, subject to mortgages (with full schedules) To be held in trust. Parchment 21 Nov 1908

Transfer of 1871 mortgage from Mrs Jane M Shepheard of Postwick and Thomas Woods Purdy of Aylsham solicitor to Mrs Ada Maria Purdy of Foulsham widow (after death of trustees and of RJWP 27 June 1916) Parchment 11 Oct 1916

Copy admission of Thomas Woods Purdy to Woodgate house and lands in Lancaster (deputy steward Edward Holley). Parchment 26 June 1917

Copy admission of Lt Col Thomas Woods Purdy to lands in manor of Vicarage (same steward) [for 1873 admission of RJWP see Part 53] Paper 26 June 1917

Award of enfranchisement of T W Purdy's estate in Vicarage manor. Parchment 1 April 1920

Award of enfranchisement of T W Purdy's estate in Lancaster manor. Parchment 10 April 1920

Sale particular of farms on Woodgate estate: Spa Farm (118a occ F C Waters), Kettlebrigg Farm (53a occ Mrs Randell), Stonegate Farm (129a Sidney Orton), dairy farmhouse (165a occ Mrs Orton), Woodgate Farm (203a Mr Jesse Sutton); in Bintry etc Cockle Farm (86a Mrs Barber) with two plans. Cockle Farm annotated as sold in 1920 and sold privately in 1922. [see also Part 17] 1 paper booklet 24 April 1920

Reconveyance from executors of Wm Forster to T W Purdy of the mortgaged lands, now paid off. Parchment 26 Aug 1922

Reconveyance from Mrs Ada Maria Purdy & others to T W Purdy (as no mortgage interest remains). Parchment 26 Aug 1922

Draft and copy agreement between Chas Louis Buxton of Bolwick Hall and RJW Purdy of Aylsham respecting the Mermaid stream at Marsham and drainage through the new tunnel under it. 2 papers 16 Sept 1882

Sketch map (part), coloured, showing boundary between Aylsham and Marsham 'from a map made in 1793 when the centre of the green rivulet was the boundary.' Shows 'present footpath'. [Not related apparently to tunnel agreement] Map. paper nd

Abstract of title of Thomas Woods Purdy to freehold estate at Woodgate and Stonegate in Aylsham,1863-1920 enfranchisement Paper 1923

Supplemental abstract of title, 1922, surrenders Paper 1923

Agreement for sale and purchase of 2a land (pt of OS 433) Aylsham for £150 between Thos Woods Purdy and the Guardians of the Poor of Aylsham Union, with plan. Paper 1923
Conveyance of same Paper 21 Dec 1923

Wayleave agreement for electric line poles Norwich Corporation and T W Purdy. Paper 30 Mar 1932

Wayleave agreement for similar Norwich Corporation and T W Purdy. Paper 16 Sept 1936

Supplemental abstract of TW Purdy to estate at Aylsham in Vicarage Manor. Paper 1938

Photocopy of schedules from 1938 Trust Deed on marriage of Thomas Purdy and Eleanor Warren [of Wood Norton Hall]. [Trust deeds retained by depositor] Paper modern copy

Acknowledgement for production of deeds in estate of Ada Maria Purdy: Thomas Woods Purdy of Aylsham solicitor and wife Nona Isabel Purdy, Thomas Purdy of Stody Lodge, solicitor, Capt in 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Reg, execs of A M Purdy d 23 May 1937. Paper 1937

Telegram and copy letter Miss E Wenn sending cheque for rent. 2 papers 1946

Release of life interest in mortgage from Col Thomas Woods Purdy, Woodgate House to Capt Thomas Purdy of Saxthorpe Hall. Parchment 12 May 1955.

Aylsham and other sale particulars

Last two pages of 47 page sale catalogue including parish of Hanworth, Thurgarten and Gresham (Keepers cottage, Hill House) and summary of 5700 acres also in E Beckham, Alby, Aldborough, Bessingham, Baconsthorpe, North Barningham (Keepers cottage, Manor Farm). [Hanworth Hall estate see MC 487/4 plan only; MC 782/1 sale conditions only]. Paper c 1900

Sale catalogue of household furniture, horses and carriages of the Black Boys Hotel, Aylsham, arranged by room including 15 bedrooms, bowling green, barn etc. 13 carriages described. Annotated with occasional prices. Paper booklet 4-5 Jan 1906

Sale catalogue of household furniture at The Lodge Blickling executors of William Forster esq, by room inc 10 bedrooms, brewhouse, coachhouse, stable and cellar. Oil paintings and books described. Annotated with some prices. [Forster was an Aylsham solicitor; The Lodge is on Old Cromer Road just on Aylsham border ] Paper booklet 5-6 Dec 1906

Sale catalogue of household furniture at The Manse White Hart St Aylsham inc clock, piano by direction of Mr Joseph Spink. Paper booklet 22 Mar 1910

Sale catalogue of household furniture and effects of late Mrs Boulderson to be sold at the Town Hall Aylsham. Mrs Boulderson was long-term tenant of Woodgate House. Items described by room in which kept inc photographic equipment. Paper booklet 11 May 1920

Sale catalogue of antique and modern furniture property of Major Thomas Woods Purdy, Mrs R.J. Purdy and Major J F Barclay. Three copies all annotated with prices. [Probably from Foulsham house on the Purdy's moving back to Woodgate House] Paper booklet 14 Sept 1920

Sale catalogue of household furniture at The Rectory, Cley-Next-the -Sea, inc old silver and pianos. Executors of late Rev E J Bishop. Annotated with some prices, including 'mug inscribed Mary Ann Purdy'. Paper booklet 28 Nov 1922

Sale catalogue of contents of the mansion Weston House Weston Longville, antique furniture etc, by room inc 17 bedrooms. Execs of Col F H Custance. Paper booklet 22-25 Feb 1927

Sale catalogue of antique furniture at West Lodge Aylsham executors of Mrs E S L Grigson. 2 copies both annotated with sale prices. 2 paper booklets 9 Sept 1931

Sale catalogue of household furniture at Cedar House Cromer Road North Walsham executors of Dr J Shepheard. By room and annotated with sale prices. Paper booklet 24 June 1952.

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