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Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Bacon of Stiffkey
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Bradfer-Lawrence Collection: Bacon of Stiffkey

  • BL/BC
  • Fonds
  • 1556-1621

This small collection consists of letters and papers of Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), lord keeper of the great seal, and his son Sir Nathaniel Bacon (?1546-1622) of Stiffkey, mainly concerning Norfolk county administration and estate matters. Most of those papers written between 1556 and 1602 have been transcribed and published as 'The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey I-IV', Norfolk Records Series, volumes XLVI, XLIX, LIII, and LXI, with further volumes planned. The page references to these transcripts are given in the calendar below.

The papers of Nathaniel Bacon passed to his descendants, the Townshends of Raynham. The introduction to 'The Papers of Nathaniel Bacon of Stiffkey I', by A. Hassell Smith, contains details of the life and career of Sir Nathaniel Bacon, and also a detailed breakdown of the various sales which resulted in the dispersal of much of the Townshend archive. Harry Bradfer Lawrence acquired these papers piecemeal - some came from the King's Lynn antiquary Edward Milligen Beloe, and others from various dealers.

Harry Lawrence Bradfer-Lawrence; 1887-1965; antiquary; King's Lynn, Norfolk

Papers relating to the sale of Stiffkey manor to Sir Nicholas Bacon by John and Edmond Banyard

Including bonds, acquittances by creditors of the Banyards, accounts, receipts, instructions for attorneys signed by Nicholas Bacon, agreement by Edmond Banyard and Nicholas Bacon for payment of an annuity, and modern list of these papers. The Banyards' creditors included John Vandeleure of London and Colchester, John Calthorpe of Stiffkey, Anne Reade of Irmingland, Agnes Gascoigne of Norwich, and George Smith of Norwich.

Stiffkey Manor; 1189-1925; Stiffkey, Norfolk

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