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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 E/TD

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1548-1846

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.6 linear metres (962 documents).

Name of creator(s): Drake | Tyrwhitt- | family | of Amersham x Tyrwhitt-Drake


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Manor of Amersham was conveyed to William Drake, owner of the Amersham mansion house Shardeloes, in 1637. Drake was made a baronet in 1641. The baronetcy expired on his death, childless, in 1669; while the estates passed to his nephew Sir William Drake. The name Tyrwhitt derives from Thomas Drake, a younger son who had adopted the name Tyrwhitt in 1776. On the 1796 death of his older brother without children, Thomas inherited the manor and resumed the name of Drake. On his death in 1810 the property passed to his son Thomas Tyrwhitt-Drake. The family owned the manor until the Second World War.

Information from: 'The hundred of Burnham: Amersham', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 3 (1925), pp. 141-155 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Tyrwhitt-Drake family of Amersham including financial transactions; papers relating to property transactions including abstracts of title, correspondence, bonds, leases, tithes, repair estimates, tradesmen's bills and inventories; family papers including wills, bequests, annuities, funeral records, legal papers and opinions of counsel. Properties mentioned are in diverse locations across London, primarily Fetter Lane in Holborn, Deptford, Chelsea, and Grosvenor Square and South Audley Street in Westminster.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

E/TD/001 to E/TD/962.

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:

Documents numbered E/TD/1-15 are kept in a leather covered box lined with fragments of a printed theological treatise. E/TD/928 had Kent reference U488: T27; also B.R.A. 890. E/TD/929 had Kent reference U488: Q2; also B.R.A. 890. E/TD/930-937 had Kent reference U488: Q3; also B.R.A. 890. E/TD/938-942 had Kent reference U488: T28; also B.R.A. 890. E/TD/943-944 had Kent reference U488: T29; also B.R.A. 890. E/TD/945 had no Kent reference; B.R.A. 890. E/TD/946-962 had Kent reference U488: A.20/1-4.

Immediate source of acquisition:

This group of records came from Shardeloes via the Buckinghamshire Record Office in 1957.



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: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Bequests | Property transfer | Property
Building maintenance | Building operations | Construction engineering
Family archives | Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Family records | Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Legal advice | Law
Property owners | People by roles | People
Property ownership | Civil law | Legal systems | Law
Right to property | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Title deeds | Deeds | Documents | Information sources
Wills | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources
Property law x Right to property

Personal names
Drake | Tyrwhitt- | family | of Amersham x Tyrwhitt-Drake

Corporate names

Chelsea | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Deptford | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Grosvenor Square | Westminster | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
City of Westminster
Kensington and Chelsea