Series GTN 1 - Title Deeds and Related Papers

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GTN 1

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Title Deeds and Related Papers

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  • 13th century-1896 (Creation)

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84 boxes

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(13th century-1896)

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The Harbord estates:

The creation of the Harbord estate in Norfolk began with the purchase of the manor of Stanninghall in 1663 by Sir Charles Harbord (c 1595-1679) from the Waldegrave family; the property comprised the manor and manor house, the advowson, and an estate at Stanninghall, Horsham St Faith, Newton St Faith, Horstead, Frettenham, and other parishes. In 1676, he purchased the manors of Gunton Overhall and Netherhall from the Jermy family, which included Gunton Hall and the advowson, and an estate in Gunton, Thorpe Market, Antingham, Suffield, Bradfield, Roughton, Hanworth, Aldborough and Alby. Sir Charles's son and heir John Harbord (1639-1710) added land in Frettenham, Felmingham, Crimplesham, Hanworth, Alby, and Northrepps. In 1705 he bought an estate in Colby, Banningham and Erpingham, which had belonged to Revd Dr Benjamin Whichcot, Provost of King's College, Cambridge. On his death in 1710 he left his estates to his nephew Harbord Cropley, who took the surname of Harbord. Harbord Harbord had inherited his father's estate at Shelland, Suffolk, and by his marriage in 1710 with Jane, younger daughter of Sir William Rant, he acquired lands in Morley, Attleborough, East Ruston, Cantley, Wicklewood, etc. He added to the Harbord estates by purchasing additional lands in Suffield, Gunton, and Bradfield, etc. He died in 1742 and his estates passed to his nephew William Morden, who also took the name Harbord and became a baronet in 1746.

Sir William Harbord (d 1770) had married Elizabeth Britiffe in 1732. She was a considerable heiress; her mother was the elder daughter of Sir William Rant, who inherited his estate which was centred on Thorpe Market and included properties in Gunton, Hanworth, Roughton, Northrepps, Cromer, Antingham, Bradfield, etc. Elizabeth Harbord also inherited further property in these and other parishes under the will of her father Robert Britiffe, who died in 1749.

This is a much simplified description of a complex process by which a great estate was built up over a century. In addition to the large estates mentioned, the deeds reveal the steady purchasing of small farms and pieces of land, and the exchange of properties with other landowners.

By 1751, Sir William Harbord had a vast and sprawling estate which stretched from Suffolk to the north coast of Norfolk. To consolidate this estate, he was obliged to obtain a private Act of Parliament because his wife Elizabeth's jointure was secured on many of the remoter properties, which included Morley, Plumstead, Cantley etc., which were part of Jane Rant's inheritance, and the Shelland estate in Suffolk. The Act empowered Harbord to sell these and to purchase properties of the same value for Elizabeth's jointure.

Sir William now bought a considerable estate in North Walsham and Felmingham from Meux Rant, a distant cousin of his wife's, an estate in Bradfield from Bozoon Brigge, the Kemp estate in Antingham, and a number of smaller properties in Suffield, Roughton, Southrepps, Antingham, and North Walsham, all of which consolidated his original holdings.

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GTN 1/1 Norfolk
GTN 1/1/1 Aldborough
GTN 1/1/2 Antingham
GTN 1/1/3 Attleborough
GTN 1/1/4 Aylsham
GTN 1/1/5 Baconsthorpe
GTN 1/1/6 Bale
GTN 1/1/7 Bassingham
GTN 1/1/8 Bradfield
GTN 1/1/9 Bressingham
GTN 1/1/10 Cantley
GTN 1/1/11 Colby, Banningham, and Erpingham
GTN 1/1/12 Crimplesham
GTN 1/1/13 Cromer
GTN 1/1/14 East Ruston
GTN 1/1/15 Felmingham
GTN 1/1/16 Field Dalling
GTN 1/1/17 Frettenham
GTN 1/1/18 Manor of Gimingham Lancaster
GTN 1/1/19 Great Yarmouth
GTN 1/1/20 Gunton
GTN 1/1/21 Hanworth, Alby etc.
GTN 1/1/22 Heigham
GTN 1/1/23 Hempstead
GTN 1/1/24 Hickling
GTN 1/1/25 Hindringham
GTN 1/1/26 Horning and Hoveton
GTN 1/1/27 Horstead
GTN 1/1/28 Keswick etc.
GTN 1/1/29 Knapton, etc.
GTN 1/1/30 Morley
GTN 1/1/31 Mundesley
GTN 1/1/32 Newton St Faith
GTN 1/1/33 North Walsham
GTN 1/1/34 Northrepps
GTN 1/1/35 Norwich
GTN 1/1/36 Oby
GTN 1/1/37 Overstrand
GTN 1/1/38 Manor of Paston Sacre
GTN 1/1/39 Plumstead
GTN 1/1/40 Roughton
GTN 1/1/41 Salhouse
GTN 1/1/42 Sheringham
GTN 1/1/43 Sidestrand
GTN 1/1/44 Skeyton
GTN 1/1/45 Southrepps
GTN 1/1/46 Stanninghall
GTN 1/1/47 Suffield
GTN 1/1/48 Number not used
GTN 1/1/49 Swafield
GTN 1/1/50 Taverham
GTN 1/1/51 Thorpe Market
GTN 1/1/52 Trimingham
GTN 1/1/53 Trunch
GTN 1/1/54 West Dereham
GTN 1/1/55 Westwood or Kingswood
GTN 1/1/56 Woodbastwick
GTN 1/1/57 Woodton
GTN 1/1/58 Worstead
GTN 1/1/59 Wroxham etc.
GTN 1/1/60 Norfolk miscellanea

GTN 1/2 Out-County
GTN 1/2/1 Cambs
GTN 1/2/2 Essex
GTN 1/2/3 Herts & Middx
GTN 1/2/4 Hunts
GTN 1/2/5 Kent
GTN 1/2/6 Lancs
GTN 1/2/7 London
GTN 1/2/8 Suffolk

GTN 1/3 Wills and Settlements

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Note: four of the deeds and two papers in this interim list (GTN 1/1/27/3/7-8, GTN 1/1/33/1 and 3-4, and GTN 1/1/51/1) are from a Norfolk Record Society accession per A. Hamond, 23 August 1976. The relevant descriptions are marked with an asterisk in the list, and the documents are separately located.

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6d53a493-fe9e-424d-948d-78acd3f3be47

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Created 12/05/2001 by Drojd. Modified 06/11/2018 by Drobf.

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