Fonds MEA - Meade of Earsham

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Meade of Earsham


  • 1440-1987 (Creation)

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15 series

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Earsham Hall was designed and built by John Buxton who sold the property to Col. William Windham (1674-1730) during the 1720s. On his death it passed to his son, William (1706-1789). William had no direct heirs and so he bequeathed the Hall to his nephew, Joseph Windham Bowyer (1739-1810); he too died without issue and so under the tenor of William Windham's will the property passed to his great nephew, Sir William Windham Dalling (1775-1864). Sir William died without legitimate issue and he bequeathed the estate to his nephew, Captain John Meade (1812-1886) whose father, General Robert Meade, had rented Earsham Hall from Sir William. The property then passed through the direct male line to Captain John Percy Meade (1847-1919) and Major John Windham Meade, the depositors' father.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 August 1966, 14 January 1967, 19 September 1978, 21 January and 4 June 1985, and 3 May 1990 (MS 22042).

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Title Deeds: Norfolk
Title Deeds: Suffolk
Title Deeds: Essex
Title Deeds: Surrey
Title Deeds: Worcestershire
Title Deeds: Miscellaneous
Manorial: Norfolk
Manorial: Suffolk
Manorial: General
Norfolk Estate, Accounts
Other records
Bradenham Estate
Irish Estate
Jamaican Estate
Earsham Parish and Administrative
Waveney Waveney Navigation
Windham Family
Dalling Family
Meade Family
Dalling and Meade, London Vouchers
Miscellaneous maps and plans
Further Deeds and settlement papers

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Numbers not used: MEA 1/138, MEA 10/74

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