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Property documents relating to Herons Croft, 96 Addiscombe Road

  • AR1047
  • Collection
  • c1925 - 1997

1 box:
Collection of property transfer documents relating to the sales of Herons Croft to the Dreyer family in 1968 and by the Dreyer family in 1997. Also includes newspaper cuttings, information relating to listed building status and sales particulars from previous sales as well as research notes.

Unknown person

Photographs of Portland Infants School

  • AR1048
  • Collection
  • c1949 - c1965

A bundle of photographs, some apparently taken from a scrap book, showing school activities from the late 1940s to early 1960s. Activities include harvest festivals, nativity plays, coronation parade (1953) etc. Also included is a 1927 teachers report from Furzedown Training College for Irene Eveline Barnett. As the collection also includes a couple of personal photographs, it is likely that the collection came from her family.

Unknown person

Minutes of Tramlink Working Group

  • AR1049
  • Collection
  • 1992 - 1998

1 box:
Minutes and accompanying documents (lever arch files):

9/10/1992 - 20/11/1992
29/01/1993 - 21/01/1994
18/03/1994 - 16/12/1994
17/3/1995 - 06/9/1996
27/09/1996 - 3/1998

Plus copies of
Overhead Line System Study Final Report November 1993
Croydon Tramlink Act, 1994
Tramstop Review by Globe Architects and Plan Design Group 1994

Tramlink Working Group

R Mansell records

  • AR105
  • Collection
  • c1908-c1990

Various correspondence files, financial records, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia etc of R Mansell Ltd, builders

Unknown person

Drainage plan notebooks

  • AR1050
  • Collection
  • 1883 - 1897

25 volumes of bound notebooks containing plans of newly built properties with drainage routes indicated. Volumes are numbered but there appears to be two sequences. Volumes are in poor condition.

Surrey County Council

Piano Tuning Book of Mr F. O. Chambers

  • AR1055
  • Collection
  • 1922 - 1964

Piano tuning book of Mr F.O.Chambers, 1922 - 1964. Details of jobs and payment received. Also includes loose receipts and extracts from a brief hand written diary of national and local events.

Frank O. Chambers

Records of the Byron Family of Coulsdon Court

  • AR1057
  • Collection
  • 1755 - 1975

The Byron Family were Lords of the Manor and residents of Coulsdon from the purchase of the Manor in 1782 until the sale of the estate and its dispersal in 1921. The archive covers the entire period and continues beyond the sale of Coulsdon estate, with documents through to 1962.

The Byron Archival Collection (AR1057) is a substantial collection of papers covering the domestic, social, business and farming history of the family, their role and relationship as local squires with the wider community of Coulsdon and Surrey, and the extensive foreign travels undertaken by members of the family.

Papers relating to the early decades are relatively sparse and the strength of the archive lies with the years when Thomas and then Edmund Byron held the Manor and estate, 1845-1921, continuing with Edmund’s children through to the 1940s. During these years, the archive has the breadth and depth for thorough and detailed research into this middle squirearchy landed family who were deeply rooted in and committed to the small rural community which was their home. Attention is particularly drawn to Edmund’s six decades as Lord of the Manor. To him lies the distinction of preserving the traditional – and in many respects patriarchal – rural life of the village from 1863 until his death in 1921. The archive is very strong in its coverage of Edmund’s eventful life and that of his four children, as is indicated in the Series descriptions of the archive.

The archive was originally read, noted and arranged by members of The Bourne Society, Surrey and this work has provided a number of papers that supplement the catalogue entries. These papers include Excel spreadsheets, some of which are quite detailed, covering nearly the whole archive, and summaries of a large part of the personal family correspondence. Produced for the purpose of developing the catalogue, these entries identify only the name of the relevant Series for each item and the item accession number and there has been much further refinement in catalogue numbering since their production. They are available on request to support specific areas of interest and research.

The Collection consists of 14 series:

AR1057/1- Personal Correspondence
AR1057/2- Family and Non-Family Settlements-Marriage, Wills and Trusts
AR1057/3- Domestic and Family Expenses and Accounts
AR1057/4- Outdoor Sports
AR1057/5- Public Offices and Family Philanthropy
AR1057/6- Journal and Memoirs
AR1057/7- Personal Records and Ephemera
AR1057/8- Business Correspondence and Estate Management
AR1057/9- Property Purchases and Valuations and Property Sales Before 1921
AR1057/10- Valuations and Property Sales After 1921
AR1057/11- Leases and Deeds
AR1057/12- Ledgers, Rental Income and Account Books
AR1057/13- Shares and Bond Holdings
AR1057/14- Solicitors' Accounts

Byron Family

Byron Family: Personal Correspondence

This Series covers personal correspondence between nuclear and extended family members and those with whom the Byrons had social contact. With a timespan of 100 years, there are over 300 letters in the Series. The 1890s-1920s feature most prominently. This period covers the correspondence of Edmund Byron, his wife, Charlotte Emily, and their children Lucy, Thomas, Cecil and Mary Eva during their young adulthood in the 1890s onwards, both as the writers and recipients of letters.

All aspects of family life can be charted in this Series, including family issues, their relationships with each other, issues relating to employed staff at Coulsdon, affairs and events in Coulsdon, holidays and travel in the UK and across Europe and, for many years, annual fishing visits to Norway. Two of the children – Thomas and Cecil – migrated to Canada when young men, where they followed the life of cattle ranching. Their experiences for the whole period in Canada, from preparations for departure through to their deaths (Cecil in 1911; Tom in 1940) are covered in detail. The letters include detailed information on the financial/business side of Thomas’s ranching career.

This large collection of letters provides personal and, being written for private use only, unguarded insight into the family’s life, which serve to fill out the information to be garnered in the various items across all the other Series in this archive.

Available upon request: Supplementary papers to the catalogue including chronological listings of all the letters and detailed summaries of the letters found in AR1057/1/75, 77 & 172. These supplementary papers are ‘working papers’ compiled by members of The Bourne Society during the initial arrangement of the collection. The final catalogue reference numbering has been much refined since this work was done.

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