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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0265
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1692-1870
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.16 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Frere Cholmeley | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), nephew of the poet William Wordsworth, was appointed headmaster of Harrow School in 1836 and was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln in 1869.

Lease and release was the most common method of conveying freehold property from the later seventeenth century onwards, before the introduction of the modern conveyance in the late nineteenth century. The lease was granted for a year (sometimes six months), then on the following day the lessor released their right of ownership in return for the consideration (the thing for which land was transferred from one party to another, usually, of course, a sum of money).

A marriage settlement was a legal arrangement which secured certain property for an intended wife and sometimes also for any children of an intended marriage.

From the British Records Association "Guidelines 3 - Interpreting Deeds: How To Interpret Deeds - A Simple Guide And Glossary".


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1692-1870, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, including mortgages, bonds, leases and releases and deeds for properties in Hammersmith, Fulham and Tottenham. Also wills, certificates of baptism, marriage and burial, and marriage settlements for various persons in London, including a marriage settlement in which Reverend Christopher Wordsworth is one of the parties.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: Deeds (Hammersmith and Fulham); Deeds (Tottenham); Other Documents.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1948 (Acc/0265).

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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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