Sub-fonds BL/MD - Medieval Deeds

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Medieval Deeds


  • 12th century-19th century (Creation)

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6 boxes, 10 volumes, 12 bundles, 3 files, 4 folders, 3 gatherings, 3 rolls, 4 envelopes, 12 papers, 417 parchments

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Harry Bradfer-Lawrence collected medieval deeds throughout his life. The bulk of these, in BL/MD 1-11, relate to the estates of the Townshend family of Raynham: they were sold by the family in the late 19th century and turned up in sale rooms for many decades. Apart from these, Bradfer-Lawrence acquired deeds from the widow of the Lynn antiquary E.M. Beloe, and from many local solicitors. He also purchased many single deeds and small groups relating to north west Norfolk, many of which have fine seals. Notes of provenance are included the catalogue. He numbered these deeds in bundles or boxes; although the rationale behind his arrangement is a mystery. He subsequently removed many deeds for scrapbooks or exhibitions so most of these series contain gaps. Although this section contains primarily medieval deeds, he also numbered some later documents and these have been left in situ. Further medieval deeds are to be found in BL/O.

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Numbers not used: BL/MD 27-33

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Created 15/02/2010 by Droip. Modified 05/03/2019 by Droab.


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