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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1280
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1744-1924
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Hatchett, Copley and Hails | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

Probate (also called proving a will) is the process of establishing the validity of a will, which was recorded in the grant of probate.

A mortgage by demise was the most common form of early mortgage in which the land acting as security was transferred to the mortgage by a perpetual lease for a term such as 500 or 1,000 years. On redemption the land was transferred back to the mortgagor (the party borrowing money) and the remaining term of years assigned to a trustee

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


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1744-1924, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising deeds and legal documents relating to properties in Edgware and Little Stanmore, including copies of court rolls, copies of probates of wills, sales particulars, mortgages, papers relating to land tax, assignments of lease and plans.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections: papers relating to freehold premises and papers relating to copyhold premises.

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 1975.

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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