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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0400
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1587-1856
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Marcham and Company | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

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).

An assignment of term, or assignment to attend the inheritance, was an assignment of the remaining term of years in a mortgage to a trustee after the mortgage itself has been redeemed.

Bargain and sale was an early form of conveyance often used in the sixteenth century and by executors to convey land; the bargainee or person to whom the land was bargained and sold, became seised of the land.

Quitclaim was a deed renouncing any possible right to a property. The name derives from the Latin term Quietus Clamatus.

Feoffment was an early form of conveyance involving a simple transfer of freehold land by deed followed by in a ceremony called livery of seisin.

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


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1587-1856, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, including bargain and sales, bonds, copies of wills and probates, leases, releases, copies from court rolls, quitclaims, deeds, mortgages, feoffments, marriage settlements and assignments for property and land in Acton, Chiswick, Sutton, Ealing, Brentford, Hampton, Harefield, Harrow, Kenton, Wembley, Hendon, Hillingdon, Isleworth, Stanmore and Colham manor. Also sheet of 10 turnpike tickets for the "Middlesex and Essex Turnpike Roads", 1854.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0400-1: Properties.

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:

Received in 1950 (Acc/0400).

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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