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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1058
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1721-1923
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.06 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Andrews and Weall families were united by the marriage of Dr James Andrews, originally of Pershore, Worcestershire, to Margaret Weall of Hampstead, in about 1872. Trust funds for Margaret were set up under the wills of her great-uncles John and Benjamin Weall. She was also to inherit the residue of the real estate of Benjamin Weall which consisted of houses in Watford, Hertfordshire, and Headstone Farm and land in Pinner, Middlesex. Litigation was started by Margaret Andrews (ne Weall) against her trustees arising out of a dispute over law costs charged by the trustees to her estate. This resulted in a test case tried in the High Court, Chancery Division, 1889, in which Mrs Andrews was successful. The report in The Times called it 'a judgement of great importance and interest to trustees and their cestuis que trustent'.


Scope and content/abstract:

Deeds and other papers, 1721-1923, relating to the estates of the Andrews and Weall families; including title deeds and other documents relating to the Andrews' estate in Pershore, Worcestershire (comprising various premises), 1744-1910, including references to various other individuals (Ref: ACC/1058/1-77); and records relating to the administration of the trust funds and estate of Margaret Andrews (Ref: ACC/1058/78-302), comprising title deeds and other documents relating to the Pinner estate (comprising various premises), 1721-1881, including references to various other individuals (Ref: ACC/1058/78-176), and records relating to the administration of trust funds, 1855-1923, comprising accounts of the trustees, correspondence and conveyances of the estate to property developers (Ref: ACC/1058/177-302).

The trustees' correspondence throws light on the state of farming and agriculture in Middlesex during the 1880s. The papers also include records relating to Margaret Andrews' litigation against her trustees.

Also papers of Dr James Andrews, 1852-1919, including insurance policies and conveyance of premises at Hampstead (Ref: ACC/1058/303-318).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1058/001 to 318.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in August 1969.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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