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Ashburnham, family, Earls of Ashburnham

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

The Ashburnham family was settled in Sussex from the 12th century. John Ashburnham, Groom of the Chamber to King Charles I, was granted Ampthill Park in Bedfordshire (sold in 1720) and property in Pembrokeshire (Angle, sold 1661). John Ashburnham (1656-1710) married Bridget Vaughan, heiress of estates in Breconshire (Porthamel etc), Carmarthenshire (Pembrey etc.) and Glamorganshire, and was created Baron Ashburnham in 1689. The 2nd Baron married Katherine, daughter and eventual heiress of Thomas Taylor of Clapham (Bedfordshire). The 3rd Baron (1687-1737) was created Earl of Ashburnham in 1730. The 2nd Earl married in 1756 Elizabeth Crowley, heiress of estates in Suffolk (Barking etc.) and Kent (Blackheath) and ironworks in County Durham. The non-Sussex estates were alienated or reduced in size in the 19th and early 20th centuries. On the death of the 6th Earl in 1924 the remaining estates passed to Lady Mary Ashburnham, his sister, and on her death in 1953 to the Rev. J.D. Bickersteth, a descendant of the 4th Earl, who demolished most of Ashburnham House in 1959 and gave the remaining portion, with 220 acres, to the Ashburnham Christian Trust in 1960.

In 1883 the estates comprised 14,051 acres in Sussex, 3,372 acres in Suffolk, 5,685 acres in Carmarthenshire and 1,381 acres in Breconshire, together worth £24,136 a year.

Places:
  • Ampthill, Bedfordshire
  • Ashburnham, Sussex
  • Barking, Suffolk
  • Blackheath, Kent
  • Bretherton, Lancashire
  • Chelsea, Middlesex
  • Clapham, Bedfordshire
  • Danbury, Essex
  • Durnford, Wiltshire
  • Greenwich, Kent
  • Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire
  • Llangennith, Glamorgan
  • Pembrey, Carmarthenshire
  • Porthamel, Brecknockshire
  • Talgarth, Brecknockshire
  • Westminster, Middlesex
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, pp. 3-5.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F82623 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F1513 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Sussex deeds, family and estate papers 12th-20th cent, with estate accounts for Beds and Wales early 19th cent and London household papers mainly 19th cent, etc
East Sussex Record Office
NRA 1000 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3a]
2
18th cent-20th cent: Sussex estate and legal papers
East Sussex Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3b]
3
1736-1758: Sussex estate agent's accounts and corresp
East Sussex Record Office
NRA 28259 Sayer

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3c]
4
1813-1869: legal papers rel to the Sussex estate, Ashburnham House (London), etc
East Sussex Record Office
NRA 10702 Sussex Archaeol

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3d]
5
16th cent-19th cent: Beds (Clapham, etc) deeds and estate papers
Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service
NRA 30111 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3j]
6
early 19th cent: misc Beds (Clapham, etc) deeds and papers
Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service
NRA 6970 Bedfordshire misc
7
17th cent-18th cent: Beds (Ampthill) deeds and papers, incl survey and valuation c1723-24
Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service
NRA 17140 Russell

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [90a]
8
1566, 1701-1728: misc Essex (Danbury) deeds
Essex Record Office
NRA 3505 Essex RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3k]
9
18th cent: Lancs (Bretherton) deeds and papers 1714-66 and Beds survey and valuation 18th cent
Lancashire Archives
NRA 18537 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3m]
10
1666-1823: misc Lincs deeds
Lincolnshire Archives
NRA 4918 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3n]
11
1700-1882: Blackheath and Greenwich deeds and estate papers
Kent History and Library Centre
NRA 5209

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3l]
12
17th cent-19th cent: London and Westminster deeds 17th-19th cent, Ashburnham House inventories and valuations 19th cent and papers rel to Hyde Park 1759
London Metropolitan Archives: City of London
NRA 4816

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3o]
13
1781-1883: Chelsea deeds and estate papers
Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and Arts Service
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3p]
14
14th cent-20th cent: Suffolk (Barking) deeds and estate papers and misc deeds and papers, incl Beds rentals 1813-16 and misc family papers mainly 18th-19th cent
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
NRA 9718 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3i]
15
19th cent-20th cent: Suffolk (Barking, etc) manorial and estate papers
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
See Annual Return 2006
16
15th cent-20th cent: Suffolk (Barking, etc) manorial records
Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch
NRA 36982 Gudgeons
17
1641-1707: misc Wilts (Durnford, Salisbury Close and Chute Forest) deeds
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3q]
18
14th cent-20th cent: Brecknockshire, Carmarthenshire and Glamorgan deeds and estate papers
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 26986 Ashburnham

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3e]
19
17th cent-19th cent: Brecknockshire and Carmarthenshire deeds and papers, incl Brecknockshire manorial records
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3f]
20
1922-1923: Carmarthenshire (Pembrey) estate sale papers
Carmarthenshire Archive Service
NRA 21543 Bishop

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3g]
21
1832: Pembrey estate map
Carmarthenshire Archive Service
NRA 29913 Carmarthen RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [3h]

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