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Records inherited by Environment Agency

Potter Heigham Drainage Commissioners' minute book, 1806-1884, with copy of Potter Heigham Inclosure Act, 1801.

East Norfolk Rivers Catchment Board:
Miscellaneous Committees minute book, 1931-1952 (1 volume).
General Purposes Committee minute books, 1936-1939 (3 volumes, labelled 3-5).
Works Executive Committee minute book, 1937-1941 (1 volume).
Finance Committee minute book, 1938-1941 (1 volume, labelled 2).
Joint Finance and Works Executive Committee minute book, 1941-1945 (1 volume).

East Suffolk and Norfolk River Board:
Finance and General Purposes Committee minute books, Feb 1952-Mar 1965 (13 volumes).
Land Drainage Committee minute books, Nov 1953-Mar 1965 (12 volumes, labelled 2-13).
Plant Sub-Committee minute books, Jun 1955-Mar 1965 (3 volumes).
Policy Committee minute books, Feb 1955-Mar 1965 (1 volume).
Staff Sub-Committee minute books, Feb 1953-Mar 1965 (13 volumes).

East Suffolk and Norfolk River Authority:
Finance and General Purposes Committee minute books, Feb 1965-Mar 1974 (9 volumes).
Land Drainage Committee minute books, Feb 1965-Mar 1974 (9 volumes).
Water Resources and Pollution Committee minute books, Feb 1965-Mar 1974 (9 volumes).
Organisation Committee minute book, Nov 1964-Feb 1965 (1 volume).
Plant Sub-Committee minute books, Nov 1970-Sep 1971, Jan 1972-Dec 1973 (2 volumes, labelled 7 and 9).
Staff Sub-Committee minute books, Mar 1965-Oct 1967, Nov 1967-Mar 1974 (2 volumes, labelled 1 and 9).

Anglian Water Authority, Norfolk and Suffolk River Division:
Norfolk and Suffolk Drainage Committee minute books, May 1975-Mar 1978, Apr 1982-Mar 1983, Apr 1984-Mar 1987 (7 volumes).

East Suffolk and Norfolk River Board:
Annual ledgers, 1952/53-1964/65 (13 volumes).

East Suffolk and Norfolk River Authority:
Annual ledgers, 1965/66-1972/72 (8 volumes).
Abstracts of accounts (printed), 1965/66-1973/74 (1 volume).
Register of rechargeable works (non grant aided schemes), 1954-1974 (1 volume).
Statutory main river map, parts 7-10, 1965 (4 folded maps in 1 box).

Various folded plans, seal books and other material, not yet detailed.

Anglian Water Authority; 1973-1989

Notebooks and Papers of Edward Pratt (d 1664) and Sir Roger Pratt (c 1620-1685)

Includes Sir Roger Pratt's writings on architecture, as well notebooks used as letter books or for estate management. Roger Pratt (c 1620-1685) inherited the Ryston estate from his cousin, Edward Pratt, in 1664. Several of the notebooks concerning estate management were started by Edward and continued by Sir Roger. The covers of the notebooks were annotated in the late 19th century by Edward Roger Pratt.

Edward Pratt; ?-1664; Ryston Hall, Ryston, Norfolk

Papers and Correspondence of the Gurney family of Runcton

Lady Harrod's paternal grandmother, Eva Harriet, wife of George F.A. Cresswell, was a daughter of the Revd William Hay Gurney, and grand-daughter of Daniel Gurney (1791-1880), of North Runcton, and his wife Lady Harriet. Daniel Gurney was an uncle of Rachel Cresswell and a partner with Frank Cresswell in the bank at King's Lynn. Three of his grand-daughters married grandsons of Frank and Rachel Cresswell.

Gurney family; 1833-1890; Runcton, Norfolk

Papers and Correspondence of the Cresswell family of King's Lynn

Francis Cresswell (1789-1861), a former naval officer with the East India Company, married Rachel Elizabeth Fry (1803-1888), daughter of Joseph Fry (1777-1861) and his wife Elizabeth Fry, née Gurney (1780-1845), the social reformer and philanthropist. The Cresswells lived at Bank House, King's Lynn, where Francis Cresswell, his son F.J. Cresswell, and his grandson G.F.A. Cresswell were partners in Gurneys, Birkbeck, Barclay, Buxton and Cresswell's Bank at King's Lynn (later Barclay's Bank).

Francis and Rachel Cresswell had six sons and one daughter: Francis Joseph (1822-1882), John Addison (1824-1867), Samuel Gurney (1827-1867), William Edward (1835-1857), Gerard Oswin (1837-1865), Oswald (1839-1872), and Harriet Frances Elizabeth (1842-1849).

The collection includes ninety-eight letters (WMH 3/1/B1) from Elizabeth Fry, 1803-1845, mainly addressed to her daughter Rachel Cresswell, but with some to other members of the Fry and Gurney families. Many of these describe her journeys in Britain and France advocating the cause of prison reform.

However, the largest part of this collection consists of the papers (WMH 3/1/C-D) of Francis and Rachel's third son, Samuel Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867), naval captain and Arctic explorer, who first went to sea at the age of fourteen, who served and fought in China and the Baltic, and who was the first man to traverse the North-West Passage. His letters to his parents (WMH 3/1/C) cover all stages of his career and many have been published in 'War, Ice & Piracy, The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor', edited by Dominick Harrod (Chatham Publishing, 2000). Page references to these transcripts are given below, and a copy of the book is available in the Searchroom of the Norfolk Record Office.

Samuel Gurney Cresswell was also a talented artist, some of whose watercolour views of the Arctic were presented to Queen Victoria and published in 1854. The bulk of his work however is contained in an album in this collection (WMH 3/1/D4).

Cresswell sailed to the Arctic on HMS Investigator in 1850, which was trapped in the ice between 1851-53, with the crew unable to send word to England. His unexpected return to England in 1853, as living proof of the existence of the North-West Passage, was greeted with rapture by his family, the inhabitants of King's Lynn, and the British press, all of whom expected that he would be promoted immediately. But the promotion that followed was slow, although no slower than that of many young officers in peacetime. However deserving an officer might be, his chances of promotion were increased by the 'interest' his family could wield, and this collection provides a good illustration of this process. Cresswell's mother Rachel was a daughter of Elizabeth Fry and she seems to have inherited much of her mother's drive and perseverance. She mustered all the support she could from her wide circle of relatives and acquaintances, and helped by her husband and his family, and the connections of her daughter-in-law Charlotte, wife of her eldest son Francis Joseph and daughter of Lord Calthorpe, she firmly brought her son's claims to the attention of the Admiralty.

Rachel attributed his death in 1867 at the age of thirty-nine to the hardships he had endured in the service and to disappointment at his lack of promotion; however it must be noted that most of Rachel's sons died young, and all pre-deceased her. After Samuel Gurney Cresswell's death she carefully preserved his letters with their original envelopes and compiled two scrapbooks (WMH 3/1/D5) of his life for her grandsons.

Cresswell family; 19th century; King's Lynn, Norfolk

Papers relating to St Peter Mancroft church

The Eaton family have strong connexions with St Peter Mancroft church. Many members of the family were baptised and/or buried there and Thomas Eaton and his son, Thomas Damant Eaton were both churchwardens.

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