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The Aylsham Papers

  • AYL
  • Fondo
  • 13th century-20th century

The Aylsham collection consists of the papers of Adey, Repton and Scott, Aylsham solicitors, and their clients. The greater part of the collection was acquired between 1969 and 1977, with a number of smaller subsequent acquisitions. This catalogue replaces the original catalogue in which items were numbered and listed in the order in which they were acquired. These original numbers have been retained, but have been re-arranged in this catalogue to bring together the records of the most important clients.

The firm's own records have been reassembled, as have the private papers of the various partners: those of William Repton (died 1858) contain material relating to his brother Humphry Repton (1752-1818), the landscape gardener.

The largest sections within the collection derive from the major clients of William Repton, namely Robert Lee Doughty (1749-1817) of Hanworth, William Windham (1750-1810) of Felbrigg, Thomas, 6th Viscount Ranelagh (1763-1820) and his heirs, the Harbord family of Gunton, barons Suffield, and the Anson family who purchased some of the estates of the Paston family, earls of Yarmouth. Each client deposited significant numbers of title deeds and legal papers, which have been augmented, in most cases, by solicitors' correspondence, and papers of Repton and his successors acting as agents for the estates. They contain few personal papers, with the exception of the Doughty papers: these include the papers of Robert Doughty (c 1616-1670) of Hanworth, justice of the peace, those of his maternal grandfather, John Browne of Poringland, and great-uncle Thomas Browne, secretary to the bishop of Norwich, and of the Brownes' cousin, Sir Arthur Heveningham (c 1546-1630), all of which are a rich source for the study of local government in Norfolk.

Where possible, records of minor clients have also been grouped together, and there is a section for wills and testamentary papers. The collection also reflects the activities of the solicitors in local elections, as trustees for charities, as stewards of manors, and their involvement in numerous enclosures.

There are also sections for miscellaneous deeds relating to freehold and copyhold property. These reflect the firm's conveyancing activities, mainly in north Norfolk, but also contain small groups of early title deeds which may belong with the papers of the major clients, but which have been impossible to place, as several of Repton's clients held land in the same parishes and manors.

The catalogue is structured as follows:

Records of Adey, Repton and Scott, solicitors of Aylsham
Papers of the Repton family, some relating to Humphry Repton, the landscape gardener (1752-1818)
Private papers of William Henry Scott, solicitor of Aylsham
Business and private papers of H.J. Gidney, solicitor of Aylsham, and other members of the Gidney family, ironmongers of East Dereham
Manorial Records
Heveningham, Browne and Doughty papers
Papers of the Windham family of Felbrigg
Miscellaneous papers of the Heveningham, Browne, Doughty, and Windham families
Miscellaneous deeds and papers of the Paston family, earls of Yarmouth, mainly relating to their estates at Oxnead, etc., which were subsequently purchased by the Anson family
Miscellaneous deeds and papers of the Anson family, mainly relating to their estates at Oxnead, Buxton, Skeyton, etc.
The St Faiths estate
Papers relating to estates of the Harbord family, barons Suffield, at Gunton, Roughton, etc.
Deeds and papers relating to the estates of the Walpole family, earls of Orford
Papers relating to estates of Flower and Gay families in West Beckham, Thurgarton, Southrepps, Aldborough, etc.
Rush family
Bundles of papers relating to families and individuals, in alphabetical order
Wills and testamentary papers
Records of businesses, apprenticeships, bankruptcy, etc.
Papers relating to local government, poor law, utilities, etc.
Papers relating to parliamentary and local elections
Papers relating to roads and railways in north Norfolk
Papers relating to various charities
Papers relating to enclosures
Papers relating to tithes, advowsons, glebes, etc.
Sale particulars, property in North Norfolk
Small groups of title deeds, mainly to freehold property
Miscellaneous maps and plans
Miscellaneous legal papers

Adey, Repton and Scott; 1773-1881; solicitors; Aylsham, Norfolk

Parish Records of Aylsham

  • PD 602
  • Fondo
  • 1637-1988

Aylsham Ecclesiastical Parish; ?-; Aylsham, Norfolk

Registrars' Records

  • RGR
  • Fondo
  • 1837-1968

Registers of buildings licensed for marriages in the Norwich Outer District, and maps of registration district boundaries in Norfolk.

Photocopy of plan of Aylsham Cemetery

  • FX 393
  • Fondo
  • nd [? c 1900]

Photocopy of plan of Aylsham Cemetery, copied in six sections. There are two copies of section four and three copies of section six, made on different settings in an attempt to improve legibility.
Name of owner written on each grave plot.
A note in a bold hand reads: 'There are 3 ground plans.'

The original plan is in the ownership of Aylsham Town Council (and presumably so too are the other two plans mentioned in the note) .

Aylsham Town Council; 1894-; Aylsham, Norfolk

Collection of Norfolk documents

  • MC 3456, 1071X7
  • Fondo
  • 1768-1960

Includes manorial extracts relating to Thomas Mack of Tunstead (mainly 18th century),
Baptism certificate for Robert John Harvey of St Gregory's, Norwich, 1848
Copy account between Revd Whitside and Revd H.Wynell Mayow for tithes etc. for Plumstead and Matlaske Rectory, 1918, plus correspondence of Revd. Wynell Mayow and rate receipts for Alby with Thwaite, some letters concern the tenancy of Mr Whiteside, and others re Plumstead Glebe, 1913-1922
Sale particulars for public houses farms, etc. in East Dereham, Hackford, Wymondham, Wreningham and Attleborough, 1880
Schedule of deeds and writings for estate of Henry Hilling at Bunwell, 1869, and George and Amelia Briggs, 1877
Power of attorney from Samuel Thomas Cann to Edward Boyce Pomery, 1888
Surrenders for Manor of Perishall in Bunwell, 1826, 1869
Various letters concerning Waudale [?] Farm, c 1879
Sale particulars for land at Aylsham, Bassingham, and West Beckham, plus cottages and a blacksmiths shop in Aylsham, 1859
Draft of a deed to bar the tail in remainder of John Daynes Eagling, of part of an estate in Southbergh, 1859
Bond for quiet enjoyment of and making title to a piece of land in Coulton, from Sir George Jermingham to Henry Daveney, 1816
Succession duty account of Mussenden family [no obvious Norfolk connection], 1915
Page from 'The Queen, The Lady's Newspaper', featuring engravings of Great Yarmouth, 1891
Copy of 'The Snettisham Ghost' by Revd Rowland. W. Maitland, nd [? c 1951]
Solicitors' papers re Archibald and Mary Ann Rowing, possibly of Wymondham, whose estate is passing to a Mr Fendick, c 1902
Loyal Past and Present Officers Lodge payments card, for Mr S.A. Peacock, 1960
Account of John Chandler with Mitchell & Clark, for conveyancing, Manor of Bunwell, 1869
Plus assorted receipts and accounts 1877-1932

Samuel Thomas Cann; fl 1876-1888; auctioneer; Wymondham, Norfolk

Aylsham Navigation Papers

  • MC 3453
  • Fondo
  • c 1773-1879

Appears to be part of the records of William Repton, Aylsham solicitor and son of Humphry Repton. He was partner to John Adey, Clerk to the Navigation Commissioners from 1772 to 1809, and took over the role from 1806 until his death in 1858. Repton's partner and son-in-law William Henry Scott continued as Clerk.

William Repton; 1783-1858; solicitor; Aylsham, Norfolk

National Trust collected records

  • MC 3443
  • Fondo
  • 19th century

Records relating to National Trust properties in Norfolk.
Estate papers concerning Sheringham Hall.
Aylsham on the part of Lancaster manorial papers.
Papers relating to the estates of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lothian.

Papers relating to ownership of shares in Aylsham Navigation stock

  • MC 3318, 1067X4
  • Fondo
  • 1833-1892

Agreements and assignments of stock issued under an Act for extending the Navigation of the River Bure from Coltishall to Aylsham Bridge, 1773, with abstracts of title and related papers. Stock owners include William Repton of Aylsham, Susanna Churchill of Boughton, John Lockton of Blickling, James Hunt Holley, Mrs Priscilla Howlett, née Parke, and Benjamin Cook of Aylsham. With label ('Writings relating to £700 Navigation Stock belong to Mr Benjamin Cook (late Mrs Howlett)') from original wrapper.

James Hunt Holley; fl 1826; Erpingham, Norfolk

Photographic slides of secular buildings in Norfolk of Dr Michael John Ockenden

  • MC 2896/N1-932 (cite numbers required), PH 8
  • Fondo
  • c 1995

The slides are all numbered and labelled with a short description. They depict scenes around Norfolk, including Norwich Castle, Blickling, Holkham and Felbrigg halls, as follows:
N1-53 Norfolk houses including: Mannington Hall; Houghton Hall; Holkham Hall; Rainthorpe Hall; Raveningham Hall; and Blickling Hall.
N54-97 Not present
N98-103 Norwich scenes including the Castle and Guildhall.
N104-183 Variety of Norfolk houses including: Hoveton House; Oxburgh Hall; Blickling Hall; Felbrigg Hall and Holkham Hall.
N184-192 Not present
N193-204 Norwich, and Wymondham scenes including Bishop Bridge, Cow Tower and the Octagon Chapel.
N205-221 Not present
N222-231 Thetford scenes including the Castle and the Priory.
N232-233 Grimes Graves
N234-251 Not present
N252-275 King's Lynn including the Guildhall, Custom House, Duke's Head, King Street and Greyfriars Church.
N276-300 Castle Acre and Castle Acre Priory
N301 Attleborough
N328-9 Hingham
N343 Swaffham
N364-5 North Elmham
N464-7 Aylsham
N574 North Walsham
N632 Binham Priory
N649-650 Blakeney and Cley
N660 Great Massingham
N664-7 East Barsham and Great Snoring
N673 Little Snoring
N717-722 Castle Rising
N737-8 Creake Abbey
N792 New Buckenham
N911 North Walsham
N932 Felbrigg Hall

Michael John Ockenden; 1931-2010; teacher, author; Ormskirk, Lancashire

Papers of the Cobb family of Norwich, Aylsham and Felbrigg

  • MC 2829
  • Fondo
  • 1742-1898

Scrapbook entitled 'Family Writings 1742' containing letters, notes, and family papers, many provided in support of a claim by William Cobb (son of William Cobb the younger (d. 1798) and Jane Seward) to an estate in Northington, Hampshire.

Cobb family; 1742-1898; Norwich, Aylsham and Felbrigg, Norfolk

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