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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/0351
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1528-1878
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6.23 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Allen | family | of Finchley
Cooper | family | of Finchley


Administrative/Biographical history:

The manor of Finchley was owned by the Bishop of London. However, 2 smaller sub-manors, Bibbesworth and Marches, were held separately. In 1622 they were purchased by Edward Allen, an alderman from London, who left the estate to his son Sir Thomas Allen. In 1674 Sir Thomas left the estates to his son Edward, entailing them to the male line. When Edward died childless in 1692 the estates went to Thomas, his nephew. Thomas's son Edward died in 1774 and broke the entail by leaving the manor to his brother Thomas, who had the surname Greenhalgh until 1774. He died in 1780 and left the estate to his son, also Thomas, who died childless in 1830.

The estates were disputed between Edward Cooper under the will of Edward Allen who died in 1774; and descendants of Edward Allen who died in 1692 under the will of Thomas Allen who died in 1780. Cooper's title passed to his son Edward Philip Cooper who bought out the other claimants and settled the Finchley estates on his daughters, who both died in 1888. The estate passed to their cousin Albert Henry Arden, who was succeeded by his son Edward Cooper Arden.

Source of information: 'Finchley: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 6: Friern Barnet, Finchley, Hornsey with Highgate (1980), pp. 55-59 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Allen and Cooper families of Finchley; including family pedigrees; grant of arms; wills; marriage settlements; copies from parish registers; papers relating to family finances; papers relating to property owned by the families; insurance policies; letters; historical research; surveys; papers relating to enclosure; legal papers including Chancery proceedings; and copies from court rolls.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/0315/0001 to ACC/0315/1144.

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 March 1950.

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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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