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BEAUMONT AND SONS {SOLICITORS}

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1462
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: BEAUMONT AND SONS {SOLICITORS}
Date(s): 1790-1948
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Beaumont and Sons | solicitors

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

A deed is any document affecting title, that is, proof of ownership, of the land in question. The land may or may not have buildings upon it. Common types of deed include conveyances, mortgages, bonds, grants of easements, wills and administrations.

Conveyances are transfers of land from one party to another, usually for money. Early forms of conveyance include feoffments, surrenders and admissions at manor courts (if the property was copyhold), final concords, common recoveries, bargains and sales and leases and releases.

Lease and release was the most common method of conveying freehold property from the later seventeenth century onwards, before the introduction of the modern conveyance in the late nineteenth century. The lease was granted for a year (sometimes six months), then on the following day the lessor released their right of ownership in return for the consideration (the thing for which land was transferred from one party to another, usually, of course, a sum of money).

Abstract of title is a summary of prior ownership of a property, drawn up by solicitors. Such an abstract may go back several hundred years or just a few months, and was usually drawn up just prior to a sale.

A marriage settlement was a legal agreement drawn up before a marriage by the two parties, setting out terms with respect to rights of property and succession. Probate (also called proving a will) is the process of establishing the validity of a will, which was recorded in the grant of probate.

If a person died intestate (without a valid will) their money, goods and possessions passed to their next of kin through an administration (or letters of administration) which had the same form in law as a will.

From the British Records Association "Guidelines 3 - Interpreting Deeds: How To Interpret Deeds - A Simple Guide And Glossary".

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1790-1948, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising deeds and legal documents relating to properties in Acton, Ealing, Edmonton, Sunbury, Shepperton, Islington, and East Barnet; including abstract of titles, conveyances, mortgages, agreements, sales particulars, leases and releases. Also papers of the Uwins and Hobbs families, including documents relating to property, correspondence, and papers relating to marriages and deaths.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

In sections: Acton, 1912; Ealing, 1853-1908; Edmonton and East Barnet, [1790] - 1806; Sunbury and Shepperton, 1829-1871; Islington, and Unwins family papers, 1844-1911; Hobbs family: property in Southgate, Wood Green and East Finchley, 1907-1948.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1979 (ACC/1462).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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