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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/443
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: DENT FAMILY
Date(s): 1850-1969
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 9 production units.
Name of creator(s): Dent | family | watchmakers


Administrative/Biographical history:

Under the terms of the will of Edward John Dent (1790-1853), the business of E. Dent and Company Limited, watchmakers (founded in 1840) was divided between his stepsons with Richard Edward Dent, formerly Rippon, inheriting the business in Cockspur Street. On his death in 1856 the business passed to his wife Marianna Frederica Dent and became independent, trading as M.F. Dent until 1920, when it was acquired by E. Dent and Company Limited. Between 1856 and 1920 the business was run by various members of the Dent family.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Dent family, watchmakers, comprising legal papers, deeds and related papers mainly relating to family estates and property in Charing Cross and Worthing.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

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:

These records were deposited at Guildhall Library in July 1989 by Bolton and Lowe, solicitors, per the British Records Association. They were catalogued in the same year by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For further details of the Dent family and business, see E Dent and Company (CLC/B/073).

Publication note:

See also Edward John Dent and his successors by Vaudrey Mercer, The Antiquarian Horological Society, 1977.

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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