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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1085
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1509-1925
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.20 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Newdigate | family | of Harefield x Newdegate | family | of Harefield


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Manor of Harefield was owned by the Swanlond family from 1315. The Manor passed to the Newdigate family [the spelling later changed to Newdegate] at some time between 1439 and 1446, possibly after the marriage of John Newdigate and Joan, the daughter and heir of William Swanlond. The Newdigates owned the estate until 1586 when they exchanged the manor (and Moorhall Manor) for Arbury Manor in Warwickshire. They kept the Brackenbury estate.

Harefield passed through various hands, including the Countess of Derby, the Chandos family, and the Pitts. Richard Newdigate bought back the manor in 1675. The manor remained in the Newdigate family until the manorial rights were extinguished in 1925.

The Manor of Moorhall was sold to John Newdigate in 1553. After this the manor was joined with Harefield and followed the descent described above.

The Manor of Brackenbury was held by John Newdigate in 1486, although the family did not come into full possession until after 1500, certainly by 1558. The Newdigates retained the manor in their own possession, and it was the sole land excepted from the sale of Harefield and Moorhall manors in 1586. By 1558 it was considered part of the demesne of Harefield manor.

From: 'Harefield: Manors', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 240-246 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Newdigate [later Newdegate] family relating to their manors of Harefield, Moorhall and Brackenbury, including court rolls, rentals and rent rolls, lists of tenants, surveys, financial accounts, surveys, maps and plans, and legal case papers (cases in Chancery and Common Pleas). Also papers regarding a visit to Harefield by Queen Elizabeth I in 1602; election diary of Sir Roger Newdigate, MP for Middlesex 1741-47; papers relating to the lecturer's house at Uxbridge; papers relating to the Uxbridge Yeomanry, captained by Charles Newdigate; and papers relating to Harefield Church. Also some papers relating to family property in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Hampton, Ickenham and Hillingdon.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1085/C: Out-county documents;
ACC/1085/E: Estate and Manorial records;
ACC/1085/ED: Muniments of Title;
ACC/1085/F: Family papers;
ACC/1085/L: Legal;
ACC/1085/M: Manorial Court Procedures;
ACC/1085: PEC: Harefield Peculiar.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in July 1955 and June 1960.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For papers of St Mary the Virgin, Harefield, see DRO/080.

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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