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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1261
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1732-1937
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.76 linear metres (447 documents).
Name of creator(s): Shadwell | family | of Northolt


Administrative/Biographical history:

The most illustrious member of the family was Sir Lancelot Shadwell (1771-1850), last vice-chancellor of England. The eldest son of Lancelot Shadwell, a barrister and "an eminent conveyancer", Sir Lancelot was appointed a King's counsel in 1821. After a short parliamentary career lasting from 1826 to 1827, he took up the vice-chancellorship in 1827, a position which he held until his death.

The personal and business papers in this collection mostly relate to Sir Lancelot's son, Alfred Hudson Shadwell, a solicitor, who died in 1884. He inherited estates at Greenford and Northolt in 1857 from his uncle Charles Shadwell who was also engaged in the practice of law.

{References: Dictionary of National Biography, Vol.XVII; V.C.H. Middlesex Vol. IV}.


Scope and content/abstract:

This deposit is a solicitors' collection of papers relating to the Shadwell family, who held estates in Greenford and Northolt, and also land in Essex. A large proportion of their estates, including the manor of Northolt, was purchased from the Earl of Jersey in 1827, and remained in the hands of the Shadwell family until the early 20th century, when the estate was split up for building purposes.

Records include:
Broughs Meadow; freehold and copyhold land in Northolt and Greenford, 1732-1838.
Copyhold and freehold lands in Northolt and Greenford, including Greenford Green Farm and Hart Mead, 1756-1932.
Freehold and leasehold premises, No. 23 Queen Square, parishes St. Andrew Holborn and St. George the Martyr, then St.Pancras, {1761}-1865.
Leasehold premises, No. 89 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, 1859-1879.
Freehold land in Waltham Holy Cross and Sewardstone, Essex, 1899-1923.
Marriage settlement of Eliott Scarlett Currey and Mary Campbell Lill Shadwell, and appointment of trustees, 1878-1933.
Papers and correspondence of trustees of will of Alfred Hudson Shadwell, 1846-1937.
Papers relating to claim of Alfred Hudson Shadwell on annuity of the Earl of Perth, 1830-1901.
Miscellaneous family and business papers, 1808, 1847-1889.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original bundles have been preserved and are indicated where they occur.
ACC/1261-1: Property transactions and related papers;
ACC/1261-2: Marriage settlement and appointment of trustees;
ACC/1261-3: Correspondence and related papers of trustees of will of Alfred H Shadwell;
ACC/1261-4: Papers relating to claim of Alfred H Shadwell on annuity of Earl of Perth;
ACC/1261-5: Family papers, business papers and property transactions.

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 August 1974. The collection was received in one large metal trunk and one metal map container.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Another collection of Shadwell family papers is ACC/0289.

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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