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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0809
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1200?-1953
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 15.55 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Horne, Engall and Freeman | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

The firm originates from the partnership of Randolph Horne and John Engall which formed and developed throughout the latter nineteenth century. Harry Scott Freeman became a partner in the firm around 1900. Mr. Engall retired about 1910, Mr. Horne having retired some twenty years earlier.

The firm or one of its members acted as clerk to many public bodies, including the Staines-Hampton and the Bedfont-Bagshot Turnpike Trusts, the Staines Bridge Commission, the Cranford Sewer Authority, the Staines Local Board, and the local Tax Commissioners. They were also clerk to private companies and institutions, including Staines Independent Chapel, Staines and Egham Gas and Coke Company, the Staines Scientific and Literary Society and the Spelthorne Militia. Mr. Scott Freeman served as Deputy Acting Returning Officer for the Spelthorne Division in the 1918 and 1922 General Elections.

Horne and Engall were both stewards of local manors, and it is no doubt due to this fact that these archives first came to include court rolls, court books, surveys, and a large number of copies of court rolls for the manors of Staines, Ashford, Stanwell, and Hammonds and Milton in Surrey. However, Mr. Engall acquired the lordship of the manor of Ashford in 1890, and Mr. Scott Freeman subsequently became lord of all the Middlesex manors just mentioned, thus becoming owner of the relevant manorial documents.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Horne, Engall and Freeman, solicitors, [1200]-1953, consisting of practice papers, records deriving from clerkships and other official capacities and Mr Scott Freeman's personal records, collection of maps and prints of Middlesex and printed material on the history of Staines. The material relates predominantly to Staines but also includes Ashford, Cranford, Egham, Feltham and Stanwell.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records have been sorted into the following groups: Manor of Ashford ACC/0809/MA; Manor of Stanwell and Hammonds ACC/0809/MST; Manor of Staines ACC/0809/MSS; Manor of Milton, Surrey ACC/0809/MM; Title Deeds ACC/0809/D; Staines Bridge ACC/0809/BR; Staines Independent Chapel ACC/0809/IC; Staines and Egham Gas Company ACC/0809/GC; Staines Local Board ACC/0809/LB; Staines Scientific and Literary Society ACC/0809/SL; Staines Miscellanea ACC/0809/MISC; Hampton-Staines Turnpike Trust ACC/0809/TP/HAM; Bedfont-Bagshot Turnpike Trust ACC/0809/TP/BED; Cranford Sewer Authority ACC/0809/CS; Feltham School Board ACC/0809/FSB; Spelthorne Militia ACC/0809/MIL; Spelthorne Parliamentary Elections ACC/0809/PE; Tax Commissioners ACC/0809/TCS; Apprenticeship Indentures ACC/0809/AI; Practice Papers ACC/0809/PP; Scott Freeman Miscellaneous ACC/0809/HSF; Printed Material ACC/0809/PM; Scott Freeman Collection- Maps and Plans ACC/0809/MP and Scott Freeman Collection- Prints and Photographs ACC/0809/PR.

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:

Deposited by the late Harry Scott Freeman.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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