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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 E/LET
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1608-1938
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.58 linear metres (206 documents).
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The manor of Paris Garden covered almost the same territory as the parish of Christ Church, Southwark, a little less than 100 acres. The whole area is below high-water level and was prone to flooding. Consequently it was not built-up until after 1809 when new sewers were constructed. The land belonged to the Knights Templars from around 1113. After that order was supressed the manor was granted to the Knights Hospitallers, who leased it out. The first use of the name "Parish Garden" (later Paris Garden) to describe the estate was made in 1420.

In 1536 the Hospitallers surrendered the land to Henry VIII. It was held by the Crown until 1578 when it was granted to Henry Cary, Lord Hunsdon. Two years later he demised the demesne lands to one owner and the copyhold lands to another; thenceforward they have separate histories. The copyholder's lease was converted into a fee simple in 1881, but the manorial rights were not abolished until 1936. The manor was bought by William Angell in 1655, and was sold by him to George Baron. The Baron family held the manor until 1827, when Elizabeth Ann Baron married John Lethbridge, it then passed into the Lethbridge family, who still held it in the 1950s.

For a more detailed history see 'Paris Garden Manor', Survey of London: volume 22: Bankside (the parishes of St. Saviour and Christchurch Southwark) (1950), pp. 94-100 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Lethbridge family relating to their estates in Southwark and the City of London, including the Manor of Paris Garden.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

This collection, which consists mainly of family property records, is divided into four series:
E/LET/01-The Manor of Paris Garden (Southwark), 1667-1908;
E/LET/02-Property in the Parishes of Christchurch and Saint George the Martyr (Southwark), 1825-1938;
E/LET/03-Property in Eastcheap (City of London), 1608;
E/LET/04-Pedigree of Saunders Family of Surrey, 1800.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in September 1973.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For more records of Paris Garden Manor see the deeds, Court Baron and Court Minute Books, maps and plans deposited in 1947 and 1951, reference M/92/001-143.

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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