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Eaton Collection
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Eaton Collection

  • ETN
  • Fonds
  • 1441-2013

The collection contains the personal and offical papers of Thomas (Tom) Eaton (1918-2010), collected and created through the course of his life; and a large and significant Eaton family archive.

The papers of Tom Eaton relate to many aspects of his life including his education, professional career as a solicitor, military service and his involvement with The Royal Norfolk Regiment, as well as documenting his role in political, civic, municipal and charitable affairs.

The family archive comprises records which were created and collected by prominent Eaton family members and ulitmately passed to Tom Eaton. The records detail the history of the Eaton family and their activities, as well as providing an important insight into the wider history of Norwich and that of the county of Norfolk.

The collection variously includes deeds, estate maps and plans, correspondence, journals, herbarium, genealogical records, photographs, paintings, sketches, and other works of art, scrapbooks, and sound recordings.

Eaton family; 1441-2013; Norwich and Eaton, Norfolk

Personal papers

Includes, inter alia, diaries and address books; personal documentation; correspondence files; papers relating to St Cross, 3 Albemarle Road, Norwich, papers relating to early photography with particular reference to Thomas Damant Eaton; and family photographs.


Includes official appointment diaries and one personal diary. Please note that there are no surviving diaries for the years 1973-1974.

Correspondence file

Contains correspondence relating to Tom Eaton's retirement from Overbury, Steward & Eaton. Includes a history of the firm from 1788-2005, written by Tom Eaton, retirement cards and newspaper cuttings, 2005-2006. Also includes a copy of The Norfolk and Norwich Incorporated Law Society Lawyers of Norwich and Norfolk 'Random Notes', by Tom Eaton, 31 January 1973.

Overbury, Steward & Eaton; 1903-1999; solicitors; Norwich, Norfolk

Correspondence file

Includes order of service for Robert ? Meiklejohn, 12 July 1974; letter to Tom and Robin Eaton from Susan Catainella, thanking them for their hospitality, 21 May 1974; letters to Tom Eaton from Timothy Dudley-Smith, Archdeacon of Norwich, concerning visitation at Cromer Happisburgh and St Helen, Norwich, the future of visitations and the position of Archdeacon's registrars, 15 May 1975, 21 May 1975, 6 November 1975, with Tom Eaton's reply, 10 November 1975; letter to Tom Eaton from Revd Maurice A.P. Wood, Bishop of Norwich, concerning Bowthorpe Hall Estate Sub-Committee, 9 March 1976; and photographs of Tom Eaton as Archdeacon's Registrar, undated [1975].

Correspondence file

Includes letters to Robin Eaton from Norfolk Museums Service concerning donation of costumes, 1984-1985; and letters to Tom Eaton, mainly from his brother Andrew Eaton and his sister Margaret Hare (née Eaton) concerning family graves of George Clayton Eaton, Mary Eaton, and Frederic and Ruth Eaton, in Eaton churchyard, 1985-1986.

Correspondence file

Contains in order found, a paper entitled 'The City of Norwich Museums – An Introduction', by Tom Eaton, 5 July 1988; papers relating to the Castle Museum, Norwich, with particular reference to the centenary celebrations with related correspondence between Tom Eaton and Catherine Wilson, 1993-1994; invitations to the Centenary Party, 23 October 1994; photocopy of Norwich Castle Museum visitors book for Tuesday 23 October 1894, copy undated [1993-1994] with photocopies from an unidentified publication, concerning a royal visit to Norwich, copies undated [1993-1994]; paper entitled 'The Royal Norfolk Regiment (The 9th of Foot)', a preliminary study for the relocation of the present museum collection in the Shirehall, Norwich, presented by Richard Daynes, March 1998, with copy of architectural plan relating to the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum by C.M. Morgan of Richard Daynes, London, March 1986, and copy minutes with related papers of a meeting of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum trustees, 13 March 1986 and The Royal Norfolk Regiment Museum Joint Working Party, April 1986; letter to Tom Eaton from Lieutenant Colonel A.W.J. Turnbull of the Royal Norfolk Regiment Association and the Royal Anglian Regiment Association (Norfolk), concerning various matters raised by Tom Eaton, filed with letter from Major General Sir David Thorne, President of the Royal Norfolk Regiment Association and the Royal Anglian Regiment Association (Norfolk), concerning the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel A.W.J. Turnbull and copy minutes of a meeting of the 4th Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment Old Comrades Association, of which Tom Eaton was President, 27 January 1987; copy of draft agreement between the Royal Norfolk Regiment and Norfolk County Council relating to the Shirehall, Norwich, 1986; newspaper cuttings relating to Tom Eaton's financial contribution for the project to link the Norwich Castle Museum and Shirehall, with other cuttings relating to the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum, 1988-1990; and copy of a paper entitled 'The Best We Can Do', written by Jack Burton and relating to the fire at Norwich Central Library in 1994.

Correspondence file

Contains correspondence mainly relating to the Friends of the Norwich Museums, with particular reference to the future of the Shirehall, Norwich. Contains copy minutes of meetings of the Shirehall Working Party.

Correspondence file

Includes invoices for items purchased by Tom Eaton and sold on his behalf, 1989-1990; notes by Robin Eaton on family collection of portraits and silhouettes, 1990; and letter to Tom Eaton from Tony Clapham, concerning a painting of Norwich Cathedral, 3 August 1990, with Tom Eaton's draft reply, 13 August 1990.

Correspondence file

Contains papers relating to valuations of personal and household items. Also contains papers relating to a deed of gift of Thomas Damant Eaton's photographic collection. Includes photographic prints and negatives of an article about Thomas Damant Eaton by an unnamed correspondent originally published in 'Norfolk News', 1871, copies undated [1980s].

Correspondence file

Contains papers relating to the conferring of Tom Eaton's honorary degree by the University of East Anglia. Includes some photographs.

Correspondence file

Includes Old Stoic Society report of the auditors to members, 1997-1998 with invitation to 75th Jubilee Dinner, 20 May 1998; note to Tom Eaton from Herburt Buckle with copy letter to flying instructor, 1998; invitation to launch the appeal for East Anglia Art Foundation, 5 November 1998; programme for dedication festival and farewell service for David and Audrey Sharp at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 1998; order of service for the laying up of the standard of North Walsham and District Far East Prisoners of War Association, 26 July 1998; copy of address and list of attendees at a service of thanksgiving for the life of Samuel Hornor, 23 July 1998; photocopy of reviews for Chez Nico restaurant, London, for Tom Eaton's 80th birthday celebrations with birthday card from Gwyn Button, 1998; menu for The Royal Norfolk Regiment Dinner Club at the Norfolk Club, 5 June 1998; invitation from Andrew Buxton, The High Sheriff of Norfolk, to a garden party at Hoveton Hall, 30 June 1998; copies of newspaper articles, mainly relating to Far East prisoners of war, 1998 with copy of newspaper article relating to Kamlesh Bahl, Deputy Vice-President of the Law Society, 1998; and Tom Eaton's name badge as governor of the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust, undated [1998].

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