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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0524
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1662-1894
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.22 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Ashburnham | family | of Ashburnham, East Sussex


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Ashburnham family lived at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex, from the 12th century onwards. The family rose to a position of prominence during the reign of Charles I, and supported the monarchy in the Civil War. They lost their estates during the Interregnum but regained Ashburnham Place during the Restoration. John Ashburnham was made the 1st Baron Ashburnham in 1689. The line became extinct on the death of Thomas Ashburnham, the 6th Earl, and the estate was broken up and sold.

The family had extensive estates across England and Wales, including a house in Dean's Yard, Westminster, and at Dover Street, Piccadilly (both known as Ashburnham House), and property in Chiswick and Chelsea. The Dean's Yard property is now part of Westminster School. The Dover Street property was constructed by the 2nd Earl, John Ashburnham (1724-1812).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to property owned by the Ashburnham family, including assignments of lease for premises in the precinct of the dissolved monastery of Westminster [later Ashburnham House, Dean's Yard]; agreements, leases, inventories, valuations and insurance documents for Ashburnham House, Dover Street, Piccadilly; and papers relating to property in Chiswick and Chelsea.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0524/001 to ACC/0524/059.

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:

The family papers were deposited with East Sussex Record Office in 1954. They decided to place those records relating to the estates situated outside Sussex in other suitable archive repositories.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in April 1954.

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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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