Fonds MC 36 - Preston of Beeston Collection

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MC 36


Preston of Beeston Collection


  • 1558-late 1980s (Creation)

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242 pieces

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(1558-20th century)

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 22 February 1977 (MS 21606 numbered MC 36/1-173), 7 July 1983 (MS 21779 numbered MC 36/174-199) and 21 August 1990 (MS 23013 numbered MC 36/200-242).

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Other records of this estate were acquired in 1940 and c 1952 from Revd W.C. Hall (MS 10111-MS 10603 and MS 11671-MS 11720). These comprise mainly deeds of 15th-19th century date, mostly for the Norfolk estates but also including Gorleston, Bradwell and Belton, Suffolk, and Clapham, Battersea, and St John's Wood, London. Manorial records include manor court rolls and other records for Beeston St Lawrence 1318-1730 and 16th cent. or later manor records from Aylsham, Dilham, Feltwell, Fritton, Smallburgh, Stalham, Trunch, and Stanfield Hall, Wymondham. There were also a few 17th and 18th century estate and legal papers, Horsford estate maps of 1712 and 1761, and a Tunstead Hundred muster roll of 1679.

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The following are still held at Beeston Hall:
Framed architect's plans and drawings for Beeston Hall (unsigned; 1780s).
Framed plan of House, offices, yards and lawn at Beeston, surveyed November 1783 by Isaac Lenny, Beccles.
Volume of maps with field names, acreage, state of cultivation (1870).
Note that documents of the Hulton family of Southampton and elsewhere (who later took the name of Preston of Beeston St Lawrence) covering the years, 1609-1854, placed in October 1981 in the Hampshire Record Office (BRA 2067).
See also MC 105, MC 121, MC 337, MC 502 and MC 2414.

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Created 15/11/2004 by Droip. Modified 27/02/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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