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Townshend family; 1465-1950; Marquess of Townshend
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Townshend deeds relating to the Raynhams, Helhoughton, and adjacent parishes, Kettlestone, Little Snoring, Warham

The deeds are numbered: 1-2, 4-121, 124-133, 139, 145, 147-150, 152-156, 158-160, 163-170, 172-77, 183-93, 195-205, 208, 210-12, 216, 220, 223-231, 233, 239-42, 246-251, 253-254, 261, 263, 265, 268-72, 274, 276-279, 282-290, 292-293, 297-305, 307, 310-15, 318, 324-5, 328, 331-2, 333-339, 341-345, 347, 349-53, 355, 357-58, 362-64, 367-370, 372-376, 380, 382, 389, 391-98, 400-03, 406-08, 411-21, 423-25, 427-429, 431-434, 436-49, 451-55, 458-62, 466, 471-82, 490-491.

Including: draft court roll, West Raynham, 1486 (4); bill for delivery of sheep at Syderstone and Bircham Newton on behalf of earl of Leicester, 1579 (97); deed including list of free tenants in Helhoughton, Oxwick and Raynham St Mary, 1331 (129); order by the office of the bishop of Norwich to the deans of Brisley and Toftrees, the chaplains of the Raynham churches and all rectors, vicars and chaplains in those deaneries: to excommunicate those who had slandered John Chaumpeneys of East Raynham by accusing him of theft from Radulphus Carmerer of West Raynham, deceased, 1408 (403).

Volumes of Townshend Title Deeds

These volumes were put together by H.L. Bradfer-Lawrence from deeds in his own collection and that of the antiquarian E.M. Beloe, and they have been translated and catalogued by Paul Rutledge. Numbers between square brackets were found pencilled on the documents and reflect an original arrangement before sorting and binding. Other deeds from these numbered sequences are to be found in BL/O [Original Series]. Some of these have seals and would not have been suitable for mounting, but it is not clear why others been excluded from the volumes as many describe similar transactions between some of the the same parties. The volumes also include a few deeds, notably in BL/MD 10, which do not relate to the Townshend estates.