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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0945
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1699-1966
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Bodimead family were farmers, but also had interests in brick-making, tile-making and lime-burning. They held property pricipally around Harrow Weald Common, in the parish of Harrow-on-the-Hill, including Copse/Coppice Farm, and cottages further north in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire. The Bodimead family have had their surname spelt in numerous ways throughout this collection of documents.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records chart the transfer of property within the family through the generations, beginning with a copy of the manorial court roll showing the acquisition of a cottage in Pinner Street, Harrow, by Mary Bodymaid {sic} in 1699 {ACC/0945/001}. In 1710 William Bodymead acquired cottages on Clay Hill, in the Manor of Bushey; which by his will of 1738 were divided between his three youngest sons {ACC/0945/003}. The rest of the estate passed to William's widow and to his eldest son, also called William. This William Bodimead was contemplating a partnership with his eldest John in 1767, which gave rise to the 'Rest Book or Inventory' {ACC/0945/014}, which is quite extensively detailed. Also worth noting is the inventory from 1789, covering the goods and chattels of the deceased Ann Bodymeade, who was presumably the widow and mother of the aforementioned William and John. The latest records are two letters from 1966 from Philip Blackwell to Miss A.M. Pollard (reference librarian in the London Borough of Harrow at that time) offering background on these papers which had belonged to his grandfather.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

The papers of the Bodimead family were deposited in the Greater London Record Office (Middlesex records) in 1967, in liason with the Libraries service in the London Borough of Harrow.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1967. (ACC/0945)

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Bodimead papers were consulted by the editor of the Harrow section of the 'Victoria County History of Middlesex'.

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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