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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0655
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1803-1896
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Crawter and Sons | estate agents


Administrative/Biographical history:

The firm of Crawter and Sons was founded in 1788 by Henry Crawter and still occupies the same premises at Turner's Hill, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Their activities as surveyors, valuers and estate agents and the extent of their business connections are shown in this collection. They seem to have been particularly concerned with the eastern part of Middlesex and Henry Crawter was an Enclosure Commissioner for Enfield. Crawter and Sons acted as receivers and managers for the Connop family estates in Middlesex and Hertfordshire.

According to "A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5", the manor of Durants Place, known also as Durants, was sold to Newell Connop of Penton in Crediton (Devon) in 1793. Newell Connop died in 1831, leaving the manor to his son Woodham (d. 1868), whose widow Emily was lady of the manor in 1874. Newell Connop greatly enlarged the Durants estate from 150 acres near the manor-house. In 1787 he bought 285 acres around Enfield Highway and Ponders End, which formerly had belonged to Eliab Breton of Forty Hall, and circa 1792 he bought 462 acres of common-field land in the same area from Charles Bowles. In 1804 he purchased 168 acres from John Blackburn of Bush Hill, Edmonton, bringing his total estate in Enfield to 1,226 acres, most of it in the south-east part of the parish. Later purchases included Bury farm, 149 acres, in 1818. On Newell Connop's death his estates were divided among his family and on Woodham's death many were sold, with the manor. The copyhold lands in the 18th and 19th centuries consisted of cottages and small parcels in the south of the parish, mostly near Ponders End.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Crawter and Sons, estate agents, 1803-1896, including draft report and valuation of Mr. Cook's property at Edmonton; valuation, particulars and conditions of sale for premises in Enfield purchased by Newell Connop; memoranda of agreement between the Connop family and various tenants relating to the lease of properties; various plans of land in Edmonton and Enfield; letters relating to the work of Crawter and Sons, premises in Enfield and the management of the Connop estate and rental properties; notices relating to occupation of properties; receipts; report on value of underdraining completed in Churchbury Field, Enfield, surveyed by Henry Crawter; notices, plans and correspondence relating to appearance of Thomas Crawter and others to give evidence for prosecution in case versus John Fulford Owen of Enfield Chase, Enfield, for having made encroachments onto public highway at Enfield Chase.

Papers relating to the New River Water Works, including letter from Mr. Edward Beldam, Royston, Hertfordshire to the Directors of the New River Company, Islington, requesting the removal of fences erected by the Company, which were encroaching onto Mr. Richard Vaughan's premises at Enfield; correspondence concerning the New River Water Works Bill and proposed works in Tottenham and Stoke Newington; instructions for engineers concerning drawing of plans and book of reference under New River Water Works Act; plans and rough tracings of lands on Middlesex side of New River from New River Head to Enfield giving acreages of parcels of land and their occupiers.

Papers, including plan of estate at Hackney belonging to Miss Young; plans of Mr. Griggs premises at Tumbling Bay, Lea Bridge, Hackney; plan and rough copy of field at Maiden Lane, Islington; solicitors' bill of charges concerning lease of Ship public house and premises at Shepperton to Mr. Rowlls by John Connop; plan of premises at Grove Road, Mile End belonging to John and Edward Hatfield to be affected by building of Eastern Counties Railway; correspondence with Charles W. Cook, Vestry Clerk for parish of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire from Francis Shelton, clerk to Edmonton Guardians and the Local Government Board, Whitehall, concerning proposed separation of Hornsey from Edmonton Union, with minutes of meetings and accounts of rates levied and amounts apportioned to County rate, Metropolitan Police, School Attendance Committee, Burial Board, and so on; printed poster giving notice of local inquiry to be held, 1 Oct 1896, concerning wish of parishes of Hornsey and South Hornsey to be separated from Edmonton Union and formed into a distinct Poor Law Union.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0655/001-002: Edmonton; ACC/0655/003-033: Enfield; ACC/0655/034-045: New River Company and other places.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This collection was transferred to LMA by Hertfordshire Record Office in 1958 (ACC/0655).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further papers relating to the Enclosure Commission for Enfield see reference: MR/DE; for the Connop family see references: ACC/0801/1094, 1165 and 1168.

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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