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Grosvenor, family, Dukes of Westminster

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Date: 1100-2005
History:

The Grosvenor family was settled in Cheshire in the 12th century, and acquired Eaton (near Chester) through marriage in the 15th century. Mining interests in Denbighshire and Flintshire were acquired mainly in 1601. The Halkyn and Holywell (Flintshire) estates were purchased in 1704 and 1809 respectively. Wymondley (Hertfordshire) was acquired through the marriage of Sir Richard Grosvenor, 4th Bt, to Diana Warburton in 1724 but sold in 1767.

Through the marriage of Sir Thomas Grosvenor, 3rd baronet, to Mary, daughter of Alexander Davies of Ebury (Middlesex), the valuable metropolitan estates of Mayfair, Belgravia and Pimlico came to the Grosvenors. The two latter were developed principally from the 1820s.

Estates in Dorset, Wiltshire, Hertfordshire and elsewhere were acquired in the early 19th century, but were left to younger sons. The Moor Park (Hertfordshire) estate passed to Lord Robert Grosvenor (third son of the 1st Marquess of Westminster), created Baron Ebury in 1857, and the Motcombe (Dorset etc.) passed to Lord Richard Grosvenor (second surviving son of the 2nd Marquess), who was created Baron Stalbridge in 1886.

The 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-99, so created 1874) owned Cliveden (Buckinghamshire) between 1869 and 1893, and the 2nd Duke acquired properties in Scotland and elsewhere in the early 20th century.

Estates in 1883: Duke of Westminster: 15,138 acres in Cheshire; 246 acres in Buckinghamshire; 3,621 acres in Flintshire; 744 acres in Denbighshire; worth a total of £38,994, excluding the London property. Dowager Marchioness of Westminster (later inherited by Lord Stalbridge): 6,794 acres in Dorset and 4,112 acres in Wiltshire, worth a total of £26,958 a year.

Places:
  • Bagillt, Flintshire
  • Cliveden, Buckinghamshire
  • Eaton Hall, Cheshire
  • Eccleston, Cheshire
  • Fort William, Inverness-shire
  • Gillingham, Dorset
  • Halkyn, Flintshire
  • Hascombe, Surrey
  • Holywell, Flintshire
  • Llanarmon Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire
  • Moor Park, Hertfordshire
  • Motcombe, Dorset
  • Newmarket, Suffolk
  • Park Hatch, Surrey
  • Reay Forest, Sutherlandshire
  • St Saens, France
  • Stalbridge, Dorset
  • Swell, Somerset
  • Weeting, Norfolk
  • West Wratting, Cambridgeshire
  • Westminster, Middlesex
  • World's End, Denbighshire
  • Wymondley, Hertfordshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, pp. 74-5.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F80765 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F3915 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Cheshire (Eaton), Denbighshire (Llanarmon, World's End, etc), Flintshire (Halkyn, Holywell, etc) and London (Westminster) deeds, family and estate papers 12th-20th cent, with an Anglesey rental 1691-1701, Cambs deeds 16th-19th cent and papers rel to property in Bucks and Herts 19th cent and Scotland, France and South Africa 20th cent
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
2
1748-1822: Cheshire (Eaton Hall, etc) architectural drawings c1805-22 and account book of Sir Robert Grosvenor, 6th Bt, 1748-55
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 16683 Chester Arch Soc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46b]
3
17th cent-20th cent: Denbighshire (Llanarmon, etc) and Flintshire (Halkyn, Holywell, etc) deeds, legal, estate and mining papers
Flintshire Record Office
NRA 30898 Grosvenor (Halkyn)

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46c]
4
1782-1799: Flintshire (Bagillt, etc) lead smelting and farm accounts
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46d]
5
1710-1729: Cheshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire rentals and accounts (Lady Grosvenor's jointure estate)
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 34473
6
18th cent-19th cent: misc Cheshire, Denbighshire and Flintshire legal and estate papers
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
7
13th cent-20th cent: Westminster (London) deeds, family and estate papers 16th-20th cent, with Weeting (Norfolk) estate accounts 1734-36 and deeds and papers rel to Bucks, Cambs, Cheshire, Dorset, Somerset and Welsh properties 13th-19th cent, etc
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
8
1623-1730, 19th cent-20th cent: London (Westminster) estate papers 19th-20th cent, with copies of deeds 1623-1730
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46f]
9
1826-1998: London (Westminster) leases, licenses and agreements
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2002
10
1840-1947: London (Westminster) estate legal papers, leases, plans and Belgrave Square trustees minutes
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2002
11
1710-1714: London (Westminster) rentals and accounts (Lady Grosvenor's jointure estate)
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 34473
12
1763-2005: London (Westminster) lease registers with photographs and related estate records
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2016
13
17th cent-20th cent: misc London (Westminster) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
14
1817-1959: London (Westminster) estate papers incl legal case papers, leases, plans and photographs
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2004
15
20th cent: London (Westminster) estate leases, underleases, licences and agreements
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2000
16
1819-1984: London estate papers incl lease registers, assignments, rentals, deeds, plans, photographs
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual return 2003
17
1873-1893: Cliveden (Bucks) visitors' books and sale papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
18
1884-1893: Cliveden (Bucks) estate and household accounts and vouchers
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
19
1788-1805: Newmarket (Cambs) deeds 1789-1805 and household accounts 1788-89
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
20
16th cent-19th cent: misc Cambs (West Wratting, etc) deeds
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
21
1820-1833: Motcombe (Dorset) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
22
c1822-1834: misc Dorset estate papers c1822-34 and Motcombe household inventory 1826
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
23
1629-1873: misc Dorset (Motcombe, etc) deeds and papers
Dorset History Centre
NRA 7828 Dorset RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46g]
24
18th cent-20th cent: misc Dorset estate and sale papers
Dorset History Centre
NRA 17640 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46h]
25
1615-1943: Dorset deeds and estate papers 1847-1943, with Gillingham manorial admissions 1615-1920
Dorset History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46h]; Annual Report 1988 p12
26
1291-20th cent: Dorset (Gillingham, etc) deeds and misc estate papers 17th-20th cent, with Gillingham manorial records 1291-1935
Dorset History Centre
NRA 7828 Dorset RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46i]
27
c1781-1929: misc Dorset (Gillingham, Motcombe and Stalbridge) manorial and estate accounts, plans and papers
Dorset History Centre
NRA 20486 Burridge
28
1914-1925: Gillingham (Dorset) manorial court book
Dorset History Centre
See Annual Report 1988 p13
29
1827-1828: Moor Park (Herts) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
30
13th cent-20th cent: Wymondley (Herts) deeds 13th-16th cent and estate accounts 1723-44 and Moor Park (Herts) legal papers 19th-20th cent and estate papers 1828-35
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
31
17th cent-19th cent: Moor Park (Herts) deeds and papers, mainly of the predecessor Williams family
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 11210 Goldsmiths' Company
32
c1696-1751: Somerset (Swell) manorial and estate papers
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46e]
33
1951-1972: Surrey (Park Hatch in Hascombe) estate accounts and papers
Surrey History Centre
NRA 3518 Surrey RO misc
34
19th cent-20th cent: Inverness-shire (Fort William) and Sutherlandshire (Reay Forest) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13470 Grosvenor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46a]
35
12th cent-16th cent: Reading Abbey (Berks) deeds, inventories and accounts
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [46j]
36
20th cent: additional leases
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2005
37
1825-1970: London (Westminster) estate papers incl legal case papers, leases, plans and photographs
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2006
38
1924-1974: London (Westminster) estate papers incl leases
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2007
39
1876-1957: London (Westminster) estate papers comprising accounts, leases and plans
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2007
40
c1655-1983: London (Westminster) estate papers incl legal and probate papers, deeds, accounts, plans and photographs
City of Westminster Archives Centre
See Annual Return 2007

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