Fonds PET - The Petre Collection

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The Petre Collection


  • 13th century-1889 (Creation)

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1,738 pieces

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(13th century-1907)

Biographical history

Westwick Hall came into the Petre family on the marriage of William Petre (d 1772) to Elizabeth, co-heir of John Berney of Westwick Hall. William's son, John Berney Petre (1741-1819) died unmarried and the property was bequeathed to his nephew, Jack Varlo (1773-1854), an army captain, who changed his name to Petre. According to the pedigree in 'Norfolk Genealogy', his son, John Berney Petre (1805-1882) had no issue from his marriage to Caroline Susan Stewart-Mackenzieand Westwick Hall was passed to his niece, Mary Laura Duff (nee Dawkins) and then to her son, Captain Bernard James Duff. Both mother and son changed their names to Petre in 1882.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office in November 1954 (NRS 17432 numbered PET 1-582), May 1957 (NRS 27112 numbered PET 583-1093), an unknown date (numbered PET 1094-1099) and 21 August 1975 (numbered PET 1100).

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Title deeds, manor court records, some parish and other official administrative records, maps and miscellanea.

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This is an amalgamation of two NRO searchroom catalogues using the prefix PET. Number not used: PET 626.

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See also MC 124 and MC 324.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 21/09/2007 by Droip. Modified 05/03/2019 by Droab.


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