Fonds WLS - Walsingham (Merton) Collection

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Walsingham (Merton) Collection


  • 13th century-1976 (Creation)

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72 series

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(13th century-1976)

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MS 21554, MS 21555 and MS 21602

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I. Merton deeds, 14th century-17th century.
II. Bunwell, Merton etc. deeds, 14th century-16th century.
III. Merton manor records, 14th century-19th century.
IV. Estate of Robert de Grey recusant, settlements etc., 1566-1604.
V. Ellingham deeds, manor records etc., 14th century-19th century.
VI. Merton deeds, 16th century-18th century.
VII. Watton deeds etc., 16th century-19th century.
VIII. Washbrook, Suffolk, deeds and manor records, 16th century-19th century.
IX. Estate of Sir William de Grey, settlements, etents, etc., 1601-1662.
X. Estate of Sir William, James, and Edmund de Grey, settlements, deeds etc., 1611-c 1690.
XI. Estate of Sir Robert de Grey, settlements etc., 1597-1656.
XII. Estate of Thomas de Grey sen., deeds, settlements, estate papers, 1638-1746.
XIII. 1st Lord Walsingham, estate and personal papers, 1742-1781.
XIV. Mary wife of first Lord Walsingham and Cowper family, personal and household, 1739-1808.
XV. Augusta wife of 2nd Lord Walsingham, personal papers, 1801-1819.
XVI. Election papers, 1701-1806, and papers re 2nd Lord Walsingham's Chairmanship of Committees.
XVII. Gawdy letter book, 1588-1602, de Grey letter book, 1606-1663, estate papers, 18th century-19th century.
XVIII. Estate and personal papers, 19th century.
XIX-XXII. Thompson deeds and manor records, 14th century-19th century, and estate papers, 18th century-19th century.
XXIII. Tottington and Stanford deeds and manor records, 16th century-19th century.
XXIV. Bunwell deeds and manor records, 14th century-17th century.
XXV. Griston manor records, 15th century-18th century.
XXVI. Ickburgh deeds and manor records, 16th century-18th century.
XXVII, XXVIII. Tottington and Stanford deeds, 16th century-19th century, and estate papers, 18th century-19th century.
XXIX. Sturston and Stanford estate papers, 18th century-19th century.
XXX. Sturston deeds, 17th century-19th century.
XXXI. Merton deeds and estate papers, 17th century-18th century.
XXXII. Copdock, Suffolk, deeds, 14th century-18th century, and manor records, 17th century.
XXXIII. Washbrook and Copdock, Suffolk, deeds, 13th century-17th century, and estate papers, 17th century-19th century.
XXXIV. Little Cornard, Suffolk, manor records, 14th century-17th century, and deeds, 17th century-19th century.
XXXV. Copdock and Washbrook, Suffolk, estate papers, 18th century-19th century.
XXXVI. Boted and Glemsford, Suffolk, manor records, 14th century-16th century, and deeds, 18th century-19th century.
XXXVII. Watton deeds, 18th century-19th century.
XXXVIII. Miscellaneous Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk deeds, manor records etc.
XXXIX. Watton deeds, 18th century-19th century.
XL. Miscellaneous Norfolk and Suffolk deeds and papers, 17th century-20th century.
XLI. Thompson and elsewhere, deeds, 18th century-20th century; settlements and papers, 19th century-20th century.
XLII. Settlements and some deeds, 17th century-19th century.
XLIII. London deeds, 17th century-19th century; settlements, 19th century.
XLIV. Watton etc. deeds, 17th century-19th century; estate leases, 19th century .
XLV. Merton estate papers, 18th century-19th century, inc. Merton Hall plans; some personal papers.
XLVI. Thomas de Grey jun., settlements and estate papers, 1738-1792.
XLVII. Patents of appointment, 1758-1786.
XLVIII. 2nd Lord Walsingham, correspondence, 1770-1821.
XLIX. Estate and personal correspondence and papers, 1772-1839.
L. 2nd Lord Walsingham, eecutorship papers, 1818-1827, and household inventories, 1769-1786.
LI. Augusta wife of 2nd Lord, personal accounts etc., 1759-1815.
LII. 4th Lord Walsingham, personal and estate papers, 1794-1830, and some papers of 5th Lord Walsingham.
LIII. 2nd Lord Walsingham, financial papers, 1818-1822.
LIV. 3rd Lord Walsingham, eecutorship papers, 1811-1841.
LV. 1st Lord Walsingham, official papers, 1741-1781, estate records, papers of his wife and the Cowper family.
LVI. 2nd Lord Walsingham, official papers, 1770s-1780s.
LVII. 1st and 2nd Lords Walsingham, official papers, 1760s-1780s.
LVIII. 2nd Lord Walsingham, official and private papers, 1760s-1820s.
LIX. 4th Lord Walsingham, papers, 1790s-1830s.
LX. Estate papers, 18th century-19th century; correspondence of 6th Lord Walsingham, 1867-1912.
LXI. Estate papers and maps, 17th century-19th century.
LXII. Clermont suit papers, 1770s-1820s.
LXIII. Financial papers, 1770s-1830s.
LXIV. Genealogical papers, 18th century-19th century.
LXV. Watton deeds, 19th century.
LXVI. Yorkshire estate, deeds, estate papers, and manor records, 16th century-19th century.
LXVII. Official papers of the 1st and 2nd Lords Walsingham.
LXVIII. Estate papers, 19th century; correspondence of the 6th Lord Walsingham, 1865-1912.
LXIX. William son of James de Grey, deeds, settlements, accounts, 1384-1715.
LXX. Family and estate papers, 1738-1929, inc. correspondence of the 6th Lord Walsingham.
LXI, LXXII. (appendi 1 and 2) estate and personal papers, 19th century.

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System of arrangement

The Merton muniments were sorted and arranged by Revd George Crabbe in the 1880s and he published reports in the Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany, vol. 2 (1883), pp. 533-629, and vol. 3 (1887), pp. 1-114. Crabbe arranged the Collection, then comprising 52 large boxes, into two series: 'The one class is concerned with ... the history of the different estates and Manors; the other relates to the personal and domestic life and varying fortunes of the family.' This arrangement survives though the boxes were not received and listed in the sequence in which Crabbe numbered them.

This Collection was deposited in sections by Lord Walsingham, initially temporarily for listing only. Accordingly, it was listed box by box and has not been classified. The subject index to the searchroom paper catalogue has, however, been expanded to help with the identification of document classes.

Previously listed as MS 21554 (WLS I-LXVI), MS 21555 (WLS LXXI)

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See also additional material listed under MC 102.

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See draft report on the Collection by Augustus Jessopp, c 1900, deposited in the Norfolk Record Office by the Historical Manuscripts Commission (15 March 1966).

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