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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4241
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1734-1945
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3.29 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Manor of Tottenhall x Manor of Tottenham Court


Administrative/Biographical history:

Tottenham Court Manor was usually known as Tottenhall Manor. It was a prebendary held by clergymen at Saint Paul's Cathedral. The manor was leased out by the clergy until 1560 when it was demised to Queen Elizabeth. In 1639 it was leased to Charles the First, but was seized during the Civil War and sold. It was retaken on the Restoration, and in 1661 was granted to Sir Henry Wood by Charles the Second. The lease was taken over by Isabella Countess of Arlington, and inherited by her son Charles, Duke of Grafton and later by his brother the Honorable Charles Fitzroy, first Lord Southampton (descendants of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, an illegitimate son of Charles the Second). In 1768 an act of Parliament vested the fee simple of the manor in Lord Southampton and his heirs, subject to an annual payment to the prebendary.

Part of the Tottenhall manor is now north-west Bloomsbury, while other parts of the manor stretched to Camden and St Pancras. Road names in this area reflect the family, such as Euston Road (Henry Fitzroy was also Earl of Euston) and Tottenham Court Road which is a corruption of Tottenhall.

Information from: 'Pancras', The Environs of London: volume 3: County of Middlesex (1795), pp. 342-382 and


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Southampton Estate, including correspondence, registers, rental accounts, maps and plans; legal papers, particularly relating to the case Lord Southampton vs the Duke of Grafton; correspondence of the trustees of Lord Southampton; and title deeds and other papers relating to properties in Camden, Kentish Town, St Pancras and Kent.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4241/A: Administration; LMA/4241/B: Property.

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:

Records deposited in October 1998.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also reference M90 for records of the Manor of Tottenhall.

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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