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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0312
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: TARLETON
Date(s): 1296-1784
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.26 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Breakspears Estate was the foremost manor in Harefield, Middlesex. It took its name from William Breakspear who owned it in 1376. It belonged to the Ashby family from 1447. In 1769 the last male Ashby died without a male heir and the house passed to a daughter, Elizabeth, who was married to Joseph Partridge. Their son left the estate to a relative of his wife. By 1877 the property belonged to Alfred Henry Tarleton, whose widow sold the house to the county council in 1942. The estate land was used as a park while the house became an old people's home.

Source of information: 'Harefield: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 240-246.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Breakspears Estate in Harefield and the families who lived there, particuarly the Ashby family and Joseph Partridge. The papers include legal documents relating to property transactions in Harefield and maps and photographs of the Breakspears estate.

There are also papers relating to property transactions in other parts of Middlesex including Edmonton, Enfield, Ickenham, Ruislip and Teddington; and other counties including Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Bedfordshire and Berkshire.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0312-1: Property transactions;
ACC/0312-2: Middlesex Militia Order;
ACC/0312-3: Ashby family receipts and accounts;
ACC/0312-4: Property transactions;
ACC/0312-5: Letters of attorney;
ACC/0312-6: Property transaction;
ACC/0312-7: Middlesex justices order;
ACC/0312-8: Receipt;
ACC/0312-9: Financial memorandum;
ACC/0312-10: Property transactions;
ACC/0312-11: Writ to sheriff of London;
ACC/0312-12: Property transactions;
ACC/0312-13: Newspaper;
ACC/0312-14: Out-county.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in February 1949.

Allied Materials

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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:
August to October 2010.

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