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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0333
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1585-1933
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 36.8 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Kent and Sons | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

Francis J Kent was acting as a solicitor based on High Street, Hampton, by 1847. He was also the solicitor to and director of the Hampton Court Gas Company, founded in 1850 to supply gas to Hampton and the surrounding area. By 1855 Francis had been joined in the business by his sons and the name of the business was changed to Kent and Sons. In 1908 Kent and Sons was described as a 'solicitors and perpetual commissioners' run by Charles William Kent. The business was situated on High Street, Hampton, until at least 1937.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Kent and Sons, solicitors, 1831-1923, including solicitor's diaries; financial records; day books; ledgers; letter books; clerk's records; returns of property; accounts of building materials; labour account book; estate records and attendance book.

Also client records, 1585-1933, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, including Hampton parish records; maps and plans; papers relating to property, legal, family, parish, local government and businesses. These records include information relating to parish poor relief in Hampton.

Hampton Court Gas Company records, 1850-1892, including the deed of settlement, contracts and specifications, bills and receipts, lists of share-holders and share certificates, title deeds to property, correspondence and the seal of the company.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0333-1: Client records; ACC/0333-2: Office administration.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1940 (Acc/0333).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further records of Hampton Court Gas Company see ACC/1375.

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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