- 1870s-1995 (Creation)
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Woodgate estate Aylsham
'Woodgate' envelope: two copies of sale particulars 1920 Aylsham Apr 24 with plan for 6 farms 757 acres, one copy annotated for lot 6 sold to Ed de Grey Seaman for £2300, the other 'Mrs T W Purdy'; consent for overhead electric line 1934; letter re deeds 1995. (large envelope) 1920-1995
'Very old maps and plans re Woodgate' envelope: tracing of plan, coloured, with key to colouring lady Suffield, Jn Middleton, Anne Smythe, James Soame, Lord Orford, Rev S Pitman (unfit for production); tracing, foed, of Plan of Estates in Aylsham, 49cm 71cm, showing 51 plots with acreage and field names inc Woodgate house, stack yard and 'bath', nd but see field book of 1831 of Henry Soame in ACC 2016/157 Lot 1385 (envelope with 2 plans on tracing paper), 19th cent, 1831
Reference key to vicarial and rectorial tithes payable on Robert John Woods Purdy Woodgate estate 510 acres (1 paper) nd [post 1870]
Schedule of docs relating to Spa Farm Aylsham belonging to RJWP in mortgage to Philip Candler Shepheard of Gayton for £5000: 1801 admission of Barbara Bell; 1856 Samuel Pitman; May 1867 Pitman mortgage to Jn Postle; July 1867 Pitman mortgage to Charles Atkinson; Pitman to Hy Hooke and Thos Hanworth; Rackham; mortgage paid off 1878, absolute surrender Oct 31 1878 Samuel Pitman to RJWP and land in Vicarage Manor) (1 paper) 1878
Schedule of documents of estate at Aylsham belonging to RJW Purdy in mortgage to Wm Forster of Blickling for £5000: As to part late Soame: Vicarage Manor 1776 Dec admiss of S, J & H Soame; 1804 S Soame to Henry Soame; 1833 George Soame adm; 1847 Indent 1.Wm Earl Lytton Bulwer S Pitman etc 2. S Pitman etc 4. George Soame; Ay Lancaster manor: admiss G Soame; 1847 George S to William Repton, Jebediah Barcham & Cook Fuller; etc 1850s Thomas Copeman 1853 mortgage to W Barnard Cook; 1856 (both manors) T Copeman to R Woods who was admitted; As to part late Pitmans Ayl Lanc: 1873 mortgage paid (Jn Postle) Pitman to RJWP admitted and 1878 mortgage to Forster (1 paper) 1878
Letter from Wm Forster for mortgage (ie RJW Purdy lent Forster £2000 on security of Forster's Bacton property deeds) (1 letter) Jan 1872 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)
Envelope and letter from Theodore Marsh of Cawston Rectory advising Purdy on setting his new sundial and inviting him over to see his own. [see photograph of Marsh in Part 42] (1 envelope and letter) Oct 1872
Specification for building a lodge at Aylsham for RJWP for £150 from Fred Culley (1 paper) 1882 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)
Letter from WM Foster Aylsham asking for £100 underpaid on Wickes purchase (1 letter) 24 May 1895 (small item placed in modern envelope for safety)
Lease T Purdy esq of Wood Norton Hall solicitor to Lt Col T W Purdy of Aylsham solicitor, for Woodgate House and 33 acres for 21 years at £100 pa. T Purdy had property under settlement Aug 1938 (1 parchment) September 1938
Abstract of title to freehold estate at Woodgate Aylsham starts 1863 ends 1922 (1 paper) 1938
Supplemental abstract of title to Aylsham estate in Ayl Vicarage manor of TW Purdy starts 1873 ends enfranchisement 1920 (1 paper) 1938
Envelope of abstracts of title of Thos Woods Purdy to Woodgate and Stonegate estate at Aylsham (1863-1920) 1967 (2 copies); supplemental abstract to Woodgate Farm (1942-1961) 1965 (re railway); supplemental abstract to estate of TWP at Aylsham (1922) 1965; supplemental abstract to freehold site Woodgate house etc (1938-1960) 1966 (2 copies) (1 large envelope) 1965-1967
Sale particulars for the farming and dairy implements of Woodgate Farm. Auctioneer Plumbly of Felmingham. Two copies One printed with some pencil annotations against the livestock section; the other marked with all prices Two copies 1902
A small sketch of the now submerged location of the original bath in Woodgate House's Bath Meadow. The mound and later spring and small bath just to the south are shown, together with a section of the soil composition of the layers of the mound. Reverse is printed sale notice at St Gregory's Church School Norwich, dated 8th December 1891.
[This may help to date the second stage of etending the lake, possibly at around this date.] (1 paper) nd [c 1891]
Three card mounted photographs:
Photograph of a lady on horse outside Woodgate House's front door. A baby is held by an older woman. The horsewoman is almost certainly Ada, wife of RJWP, and the baby one of their two sons, probably their first. The older woman matches the one in another family photo dating from 1867 to 1871, almost certainly Ada's mother Ann Cook of Thwaite. The likely date of this photo is 1872-3 if of the first son or 1874 if of the second. The doorway is slightly changed from the original that RJWP stood in front of in another family photo of 1867-71, showing that the evolution from the original doorway to the present one happened in two stages between his arrival in about 1864 and photographs of the house of about 1890.
Photograph of Woodgate Lake after its first etension but before the later etension shown on the sketch above. Probably dates from the very early 1870s and the lack of undergrowth at the edges of the Lake show the work had only just been completed. A man is standing up sculling a small boat on the Lake, with a woman lounging under her parasol.
Photograph of Woodgate House from the field to the south-west showing the very newly created ha-ha wall at this corner of the garden grounds. A woman stands in the doorway which shows the interim brickwork above the door itself. The house and all the buildings to the rear have been completely modernised. [
The three photographs are all produced in the same format with keyline with identical mounts and with similar levels of foing. They date from 1872-3 or at latest 1874.
[ Given the close connection to WJ Finch, the Aylsham photographer from about 1870, they are almost certainly taken by him.] (3 photographs), 1870s.
Coloured photograph of Woodgate gardens with notes re trees on reverse. The 100ft Wellingtonia, on left foreground, died after drought of 1976 and felled in 1982 when 120 rings were counted (1 photograph) nd [c1893]
Two photographs of Millgate House, Aylsham. [Tom Purdy jnr born at Millgate House 1909] (2 photographs) nd (c1900; c 1920s)
Photograph of interior of Woodgate house by B[erney] Seymour of Commercial Rd Aylsham [fl 1890-1920] (1 photograph) nd [c 1900]
Photograph of Nona Purdy nee Hunt and ?visiting family at Woodgate, by Dawson of Norwich (1 photograph) nd [c 1910]
Mounted photograph of shooting group [probably on Woodgate estate with ? RJWP 5th from right] (1 photograph) nd [c 1910]
Estimate and sketch for lawn tennis court for TW Purdy by Barker of Aylsham (1 paper) May 1910
Envelope re installation of electric supply and lighting at Woodgate House by A Pank & Son Norwich (with quote from E & C Gates of Norwich) (1 envelope) 1922
Letter to Col Thomas Purdy from Walter Rye with advisory notes and photographic eamples of panelling being redone at Woodgate House (1 envelope) 1926
Envelope of letters and estimates for work at Woodgate in the library and renewing bathroom and lavatory, J W Palmer of Aylsham (1 envelope) 1935-1936
Items clipped together: envelope addressed to TWP; notes re farm implements and furniture sold at auction (signed by H Hagon) at North Walsham; note of two addresses in Africa (1 file) nd
Typed inventory and condition of contents of Woodgate House (1 paper) Feb 1949.