Fonds LEST - Le Strange of Hunstanton Collection

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Le Strange of Hunstanton Collection


  • 1199-20th century (Creation)

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15 series

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(1199-20th century)

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The main accession was received probably between 1952 and 1955. Additional records were received on 7 December 1973, 4 January 1974, 12 June 1976, 20 November 1976, 10 and 23 March 1977, 16 October 1985, 16 June 1992, 1 April 1993, 5 January 1994 and 9 January 2009 (ACC 2008/312). Further records were received temporarily for microfilming: 1 April 1993 (on microfilm MF/RO 490/8) and June 2000 (ACC 2000/96 on microfilm MF/RO 597/5).

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Scope and content

This collection consists mainly of title deeds, estate papers and manorial records relating to the Le Strange family properties in Hunstanton, Sedgeford, Snettisham, Great and Little Ringstead and Holme next the Sea. It also includes household accounts, 1328-1781; family correspondence, 1480-1725, and mid 19th century; and personal journals and diaries, 1788-1856.

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This catalogue is arranged in three sections: the Main Deposit, based on Henry Harrod's 'Repertory of the Muniments in the Evidence House at Hunstanton 1869'; Supplementary Lists of material received with the Main Deposit but not in Harrod; and Additional Deposits received after the Main Deposit. More details regarding arrangement are included in the relevant sections.

Numbers not used- LEST/AC 14, LEST/AE 20, LEST/R 6, LEST/AP 2, LEST 7/12/1973 16

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During stocking in 2000-2001, a number of items were not found. Those thought to have been part of the main accession are included in the catalogue and marked 'Missing (? 2000)' or 'Missing (? 2001)'.

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For other additional material, see NRS 23515 and the Gressenhall collection.

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Publication note

D. Gurney ed., 'Household and privy purse accounts of the Le Stranges of Hunstanton from AD 1519 to AD 1578', Archaeologia, 25, 1834, 411-569.
H.L. Styleman, 'L'Estrange papers from the Hunstanton Muniment room', Norfolk Archaeology, 5, 1859, 122-145.
H. Le Strange ed., 'Roll of household accounts of Sir Hamon Le Strange of Hunstanton, 1347-1348', Archaeologia, 69, 1917/18, 111-120.
Cord Oestmann, 'Lordship and Community: the Lestrange Family and the Village of Hunstanton, Norfolk, in the First half of the Sixteenth Century' (The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Centre of East Anglian Studies, 1994).
Jane Whittle and Elizabeth Griffiths, 'Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century Household: The World of Alice Le Strange' (2012).
Elizabeth Griffiths, ‘A Country Life: Sir Hamon Le Strange of Hunstanton in Norfolk, 1583-1654’, in R. W. Hoyle, Custom, Improvement and the Landscape in Early Modern Britain (2011).
Elizabeth Griffiths, ‘Improving Landlords or Villains of the Piece? A Case Study of Early Seventeenth Century Norfolk’ in J. C. Whittle, Landlords and Tenants in Britain, 1440-1660 (2013).
Elizabeth Griffiths, 'Draining the coastal marshes of north-west Norfolk: the contribution of the Le Stranges at Hunstanton, 1605 to 1724', Agricultural History Review (2015) 63.2.

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