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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 E/WRD
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: WARD FAMILY
Date(s): 1636-1898
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.52 linear metres (26 documents).
Name of creator(s): Ward | family | of Covent Garden


Administrative/Biographical history:

The earliest deed in this collection is a grant in fee farm from Francis, Earl of Bedford to John Ward, in 1636/7, of a piece of land abutting north on Long Acre and south on developed and was let as two separate sites-that which became 36 Long Acre, and the site which backed on to it in Hart Street.

Since the series of deeds is by no means complete, there being virtually no title deeds after the early 18th century, the later descent of the property is uncertain. Research in the Middlesex Deeds Register might establish the identity of more recent owners. Most, but not all the documents have been stamped 'Land Registry, London No.252132, Registd 30 Jun. 1921.' Three documents, apparently unrelated to the remainder, are listed at the end.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Ward family comprising title deeds for property on Long Acre, Garden Lane and Hart Street, Covent Garden, and in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

E/WRD/I: Long Acre-Garden Lane; title deeds, 1636/7-1701;
E/WRD/II: 36 Long Acre: title deeds, 1710-1715, 1874;
E/WRD/III: 36 Long Acre; leasehold interest, 1713/4-1775, 1875-1898;
E/WRD/IV-V: Garden Lane/Hart Street, title deeds, 1710-1780;
E/WRD/VI: St Martin in the Fields: 3 properties, 1677-1686.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased by the Archive in January 1974.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the development of the Covent Garden Estate of the Earls, later Dukes of Bedford, reference should be made to the Survey of London, Vol XXXVI, pp 19-49, and especially to Fig.1 on p.20, and to p.33. For John Ward, see Bedford Estate records Ref. E/BER/CG/L18/3 and L83/5-7.

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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