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Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0343

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1716-1897

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.01 linear metres.

Name of creator(s): Various.


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.

Probate (also called proving a will) is the process of establishing the validity of a will, which was recorded in the grant of probate.

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.

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).

Feoffment was an early form of conveyance involving a simple transfer of freehold land by deed followed by in a ceremony called livery of seisin.

A bargain and sale was an early form of conveyance often used by executors to convey land. The bargainee, or person to whom the land was bargained and sold, took possession, often referred to as becoming 'seised' of the land.

Source: British Records Association Guidelines 3: How to interpret deeds (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Larmite family relating to premises in Finchley. Documents include conveyances, lease and releases, abstracts of title, wills and probates, bargain and sales, mortgages, feoffment and papers relating to enclosure.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Documents in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in January 1950.



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: January to May 2011.

Bargain and Sale (documents) | Title deeds | Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Conveyances (documents) | Title deeds | Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Enclosure records | Documents | Information sources
Leases (documents) | Title deeds | Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Property ownership | Civil law | Legal systems | Law
Property transfer | Property
Releases (documents) | Title deeds | Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Right to property | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Wills | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Property law x Right to property

Personal names

Corporate names

Finchley | Middlesex | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe