Fonds NEV - Neville Family of Sloley

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Neville Family of Sloley


  • 1485-1982 (Creation)

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779 pieces

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Biographical history

Born 5 July 1897. Son of Reginald James Neville MP and his wife Ida, née Henderson. In 1932 he married Marie Louise Pierson and had two daughters, Rosalind Angela Mary and Jane Shirley. In 1981 he married his second wife, Mrs Betty Cowell. Died June 1982. Lived at Sloley Old Hall.
Educated at Eton and Sandhurst. Lieutenant Colonel. Served in France and Russia during the First World War with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and wrote of his experiences in 'The War Letters of a Light Infantryman', published in 1931. He also wrote a history of his regiment in later life. Between 1931-1946 he was re-employed in the 12th London Regiment, and was put in command of the L1 Training Centre, 1941-1944. In 1936 he became a Master of the Bowyers' Company and in 1947 was elected to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. He succeeded his father to the baronetcy of Sloley in 1950. He was a man of wide and varied interests being a member of Smallburgh Rural District Council, a Governor of Gresham's School, Holt, a member of the Norfolk Rural Industries Committee and one of the founders of the Norfolk Churches' Trust and of the Norwich branch of the Prayer Book Society. He engaged in much genealogical research and had a special interest in his mother's family, the Hendersons. He wrote profusely, keeping a journal for most of his life, and also writing short articles under his pen-name, Gaid Sakit.

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Archival history

Volumes of the Norfolk Bird and Mammal Report, and the Norfolk Naturalists Trust Report, 1979, have been given to the Local Studies Library.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 6 June 1962, 13 May 1963, 12 December 1966, 21 March 1962, 2 December 1963, 22 and 25 July 1977, 10 August, 3 September and 7 October 1982 (MS 21855).

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NEV 1 Title Deeds
NEV 2 Settlements and Related Papers
NEV 3 Estate Papers
NEV 4 Legal Papers
NEV 5 Manorial and Parish
NEV 6 Church: Sloley; Worstead
NEV 7 Family and Personal
NEV 8 J.E.H. Neville's Genealogical Files
NEV 9 Henderson Papers
NEV 10 Henderson Correspondence
NEV 11 Neville Correspondence

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Conditions governing access

Access to the journals and diaries from 1945 and Neville correspondence and other personally sensitive papers is restricted to the depositors and their successors until the year 2012. Access is restricted to some estate papers for 30 years from their date of completion.

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The control of copyright is vested in Mr John D'Arcy of The Old Vicarage, Edington, Wilts.

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For additional deposit, see MC 544. For files relating to the Norfolk Churches' Trust, see MC 2166.

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Publication note

'Report on the Farm Buildings of Sloley Estate, Norfolk', by Philip Gorton, October 2020. See the Norfolk Towns and Villages section of the Norfolk Record Office Reference Library.

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