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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0446
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1232-[1838]
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7.16 linear metres (672 documents).
Name of creator(s): Paget | family | of Staffordshire and Middlesex


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Manors featured in these papers were all held by the interconnected Paget family. William Paget, first Baron Paget, (1505-1563) rose to prominence in the court of Henry VIII despite coming from a modest London family, acting as diplomat, ambassador, secretary of state and member of the Privy Council. As he became more successful Paget began to accumulate lands and estates, starting with the manor of West Drayton in 1536. The Manor of Harmondsworth was granted in 1547 and joined to his West Drayton estates. He later acquired estates in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.

The eighth Baron Paget, Henry Paget (1663-1743), an official in the Royal household, was made first Earl of Uxbridge in 1714. His son, also Henry (1719-1769), was the second Earl of Uxbridge and added to the family estates with the purchase of the Manors of Dawley and Harlington in 1755. Henry died unmarried and childless, so the barony of Paget passed to Henry Bayly (1744-1812), the great-great-grandson of William, the sixth baron Paget. Bayly, who changed his name to Paget, sold the manor of West Drayton in 1786, the manor of Dawley in 1772 and the manor of Harlington in 1773. His son Henry William Paget (1768-1854) became the marquess of Anglesey after losing a leg at the Battle of Waterloo. His son sold the Manor of Harmondsworth in the mid-nineteenth century.

Sources: 'Harlington: Manors' and 'West Drayton: 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. 191-195 and pp. 261-267; and 'Harmondsworth: Manors and other estates', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4: Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood with Southall, Hillingdon with Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow with Pinner (1971), pp. 7-10. See also entries for the Paget family in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Paget family relating to the manors of West Drayton, Dawley, Harlington and Harmondsworth, and properties owned by the family in London, Westminster, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey. The papers include court rolls and books; court papers; customs; estate and financial management; court fines and estreats; wages; rentals; tenancy lists; surveys, valuations and inventories; maps and plans; enclosure records; tithe records; sales particulars; correspondence and muniments of title.

Also papers relating to household management such as bills, receipts, inventories, valuations, insurance and correspondence; genealogies and pedigrees; business papers; records relating to appointments and commissions; personal financial accounts; diaries and legal papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0446/ED: Muniments of title;
ACC/0446/EF: Estate and manorial records;
ACC/0446/EM: Estate management;
ACC/0446/FH: Family history;
ACC/0446/FP: Personal and professional papers;
ACC/0446/H: Household papers;
ACC/0446/L: Legal papers;
ACC/0446/M: Manorial court procedure and customs.

The order follows that of the classification, and documents are listed in date order within each section, except for the sections 'Manorial' (M) and 'Muniments of Title' (ED); in which documents have been grouped under manors and properties, for which the order is:-
West Drayton (and other manors) Manorial; Deeds.
Harmondsworth (and Ruislip) Manorial; Deeds.
Harlington (and Dawley) Manorial; Deeds.
Hillingdon (and Colham)-Deeds.
Iver and Marlow (Co. Bucks.) Manorial; Deeds.
West Drayton has been taken as the main manor or property; in cases where a document refers to other manors in addition to West Drayton, it has been listed under West Drayton.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in January 1952.

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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:
January to May 2011.

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