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JERSEY FAMILY AND ESTATE

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1128
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: JERSEY FAMILY AND ESTATE
Date(s): 1570-1952
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.60 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Jersey | family | of Osterley Park
Child | family | bankers

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The Manor of Osterley in Heston was purchased by property developer Nicholas Barbon in 1683. Barbon conveyed the Manor to two co-mortgagees including the banker Sir Francis Child the elder (1642-1718). Child took possession of the Manor on Barbon's death in 1698, while his son Robert Child (d 1721) bought out the co-mortgagee, so that the Child family owned the whole estate. The family expanded the estates by purchasing nearby Manors and commissioned Robert Adam to redesign the house.

The estates and Child's Bank were inherited by Sarah Anne (1764-1793), daughter and sole heir of Robert Child (d. 1782). Under the terms of Robert Child's will the estates passed to Sarah Anne's daughter Lady Sarah Sophia Fane (1785-1867), who was said to have an income of 60,000 a year. Lady Sarah married George Villiers, the fifth Earl of Jersey (1773-1859) who took the name Child-Villiers in 1812. Osterley Park stayed in the Jersey family until 1949 when it was sold to the National Trust.

For more information about Osterley Park and Manor see 'Heston and Isleworth: Osterley Park', and 'Heston and Isleworth: 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. 100-111 (available online).

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Child and Jersey families, including title deeds; settlements under the will of Robert Child and other family settlements; papers relating to the management of family estates including Osterley Park; Middleton Park, Oxfordshire; Briton Ferry, Glamorgan; and estates in County Meath, Ireland; household accounts and papers for Osterley Park and 38 Berkeley Square; papers of Sir Francis Child including a travel journal; volumes and albums of Lady Sarah Sophia Child Villiers, the 5th Countess of Jersey, including papers relating to her children, correspondence with family and friends including famous persons and European royalty, commonplace books, press cuttings, photographs, and essays; and papers of George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey including letters from family and royalty; papers relating to Prince Nicholas Esterhazy and the Hungarian uprising of 1849; and correspondence of the 9th Earl.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

Collection arranged into 32 sub-series.

Conditions governing access:

Access only to holders of a History Card. Please see staff if you require a card. Access by written permission only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in August 1971.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The LMA holds a large number of Jersey family papers, catalogued in 13 collections with the following reference codes: ACC/0331; ACC/0405; ACC/0435; ACC/0436; ACC/0506; ACC/0510; ACC/1128; ACC/1275; ACC/1401; ACC/2839; ACC/3076; LMA/4195; LMA/4446.


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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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