Top 10 Archives… No.9

  • 4th November 2011

It’s time for the next installment of our Top 10 most used archive collections feature. This week we have the Vernon Family Archives:

The Vernon family are a very old Worcestershire family and have had links with Hanbury, Shrawley and the surrounding area since the early 13th century. Their family seat was at Hanbury Hall, which is now in the care of the National Trust.

The family and estate papers date from the early 13th to 20th centuries and amongst the many thousands of documents are wills, letters, diaries, manor court rolls, property deeds, building and repair reports and accounts, land and property surveys and valuations, catalogues and inventories of household furniture and farm and estate labour accounts.

The collections are used by family historians whose ancestors were estate workers or rented land and properties on the estate. Students search the records for information on land use, landscape gardening, buildings and architecture and the inventories, catalogues and accounts can be used to find out what life was like in a country manor.

We hope you have enjoyed this installment, come back soon for number 8!

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