Fonds MC 2884 BOXES 1-2 - Records of the Chapman Family of Griston, Ashill and East Bradenham

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MC 2884 BOXES 1-2


Records of the Chapman Family of Griston, Ashill and East Bradenham


  • nd [c 1889]-2011 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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(nd [c 1889]-2011)

Biographical history

Edith Emma Thompson was born at Griston in 1895, the daughter of Robert and Caroline Thompson. She married Albert Chapman (known as Dick) in 1915. During the First World War, Dick served in the Queen's Royal Sussex Regiment. After the war, the couple lived in Merton, but had returned to Griston by 1920, and lived there until September 1939, when they moved to Hawkins Hill Farm, Ashill. The couple had two sons: Frank (1920-93), who farmed at Newling Farm, East Bradenham, and Gordon (1935-2011), who became a teacher. When Dick died in 1968, Edith sold her home and lived mainly with her elder son, until her death in 1980.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 5 May 2011 (ACC 2011/34). Collection level catalogue added 3 December 2012 (JW).

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Interim list of the records
Box 1
Biographical information about Edith and Albert Chapman and their family, including family tree and copies of photographs, nd [post 1980]-2011 (1 folder)
Chapman and Thompson family photographs, nd [c 1889]-1992, including Griston School, Group 1 (copy), nd [c 1889]; Albert Chapman with the Queen's Royal Sussex Regiment, nd [c 1918]; aerial photograph of Newling Farm, East Bradenham, 1956; and aerial photograph of Newling Farm, East Bradenham (2 copies), nd [1970s-1980s].
Miscellaneous family papers, 1893-1993, including baptism, marriage and death certificates, 1893-1993; Second World War identity cards; driving licences, 1945-1969; bank books, 1953-1980; and a badge and two printed birthday cards relating to the Wilfredian League of Gugnuncs ( 'Daily Mirror' children's club), 1927.
Box 2
Farming records of Frank Chapman and of his father, Albert ('Dick') Chapman, nd [c 1939]-1988:
Ashill: tenancy agreement, Norfolk County Council to Albert Chapman relating to Reeve's Farm, Ashill, 1939, with photograph of Albert Chapman, c. 1939, and postcard of Griston vicarage, nd [1930s].
Saham Toney Estate: two tenancy agreements, Norfolk County Council to Frank Chapman relating to 60.5 acres (shown on plan), 1954, 1957-1958.
Newling Farm, East Bradenham: annual trading and profit and loss accounts, with balance sheets, 1954-1971, 1973, 1975, 1982, 1985-1988; 1948 desk diary, recording dates of seasonal tasks (drilling, ploughing etc.), sales of crops, births and sales of pigs and cows, weather, 1948-1957; account books recording cheques paid, 1962-1970, 1970-1974; estimate for drainage improvements, with plan, 1985; copy ordnance survey map sheet TF 90 SW, showing Saham Toney, scale 6 inches 1 mile, nd.

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The records have as yet been catalogued at collection, or fonds, level only. They are, however, open to public access and can be requested by quoting MC 2884 and the relevant box number.

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