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Bridgeman, family, Earls of Bradford

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

John Bridgeman (1577-1652), Bishop of Chester, acquired estates at Great Lever and elsewhere in Lancashire. His son, Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st baronet (1609-74), Keeper of the Great Seal, married in 1628 Judith Kynaston, through whom the Morton (Shropshire) estate was inherited. He purchased further lands in Shropshire (Knockin, Ness etc.) and Warwickshire (Castle Bromwich). His son, Sir John Bridgeman, 2nd bt. (1631-1710), married in 1663 Mary Cradock of Caverswall (Staffordshire), who brought property in Stafford; and Sir John Bridgeman, 3rd bt. (1667-1747) married Ursula, daughter and heir of Roger Matthews of Blodwell (Shropshire).

Sir Henry Bridgeman, 5th bt. (1725-1800), married in 1755 Elizabeth Simpson of Stoke Hall (Derbyshire), and in 1762 succeeded to the Weston (Staffordshire) estate on the death without issue of his maternal uncle the 4th (Newport) Earl of Bradford. He was created Baron Bradford in 1794. (Other estates of the Newport family, Earls of Bradford, in Shropshire and elsewhere were acquired by the Pulteney family, and later descended to the Vane family, Earls of Darlington and Dukes of Cleveland).

The 2nd Baron Bradford (1762-1825) married in 1788 Lucy Byng, co-heir of the 4th Viscount Torrington, and was created Earl of Bradford in 1815. He succeeded in 1802 to property in Norfolk (Weeting) on the death of his cousin Charles Coote, Earl of Mountrath, but the Weeting estate was sold to John Julius Angerstein (1735-1823). The 2nd Earl bought the St. Catherine's estate, Applethwaite (Westmorland) from Miss Ann Agnes Parker in 1830-1.

Estates in 1883: 10,883 acres in Shropshire, 6,843 acres in Staffordshire, 1,958 acres in Lancashire, 1,906 acres in Warwickshire; 62 acres in Westmorland; 13 acres in Worcestershrie; 6 acres in Leicestershire; 24 acres in Denbighshire and 15 acres in Montgomeryshire, worth a total of £41,982 a year.

Places:
  • Applethwaite, Westmorland
  • Biddulph, Staffordshire
  • Blodwell, Shropshire
  • Bolton, Lancashire
  • Bucknall, Staffordshire
  • Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire
  • Caverswall, Staffordshire
  • Great Lever, Lancashire
  • Knockin, Shropshire
  • Morton, Shropshire
  • Ness, Shropshire
  • Ridley, Cheshire
  • Stafford, Staffordshire
  • Teddington, Middlesex
  • Tong, Shropshire
  • Walsall, Staffordshire
  • Weeting, Norfolk
  • Weston Park, Staffordshire
  • Wigan, Lancashire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, p. 13
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F84314 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F514 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Salop (Knockin, Ness, etc), Staffs (Walsall, Weston Park, etc) and Warwicks (Castle Bromwich, etc) deeds, family and estate papers 12th-20th cent, with deeds and papers for Cheshire, Lancs, etc, mainly 17th-20th cent
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office
NRA 430 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10a]
2
c1760-20th cent: Weston Park (Staffs) plans c1760-19th cent and Bridgeman family papers 19th-20th cent
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [Addenda]
3
19th cent-20th cent: Staffs (Walsall, etc) and Warwicks (Castle Bromwich) estate papers 19th-20th cent, with some for Salop, etc, c1825-63
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office
NRA 9943 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10b]
4
early 13th cent-1715: Staffs (Biddulph, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers, with misc deeds for other counties
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: William Salt Library
NRA 7953 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10d]
5
18th cent-20th cent: Walsall (Staffs) leases and misc estate papers 18th-20th cent, mainly 19th cent
Walsall Local History Centre
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10e]
6
1830-1914: Walsall (Staffs) estate agency papers of the Potter family
Walsall Local History Centre
NRA 23874

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10e]
7
18th cent-20th cent: misc Lancs (Bolton, etc) estate papers
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office
NRA 430 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10a]
8
14th cent-19th cent: Lancs (Bolton, Great Lever, etc) deeds and estate papers 14th-19th cent, with papers rel to Wigan rectory late 16th-early 19th cent
Lancashire Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10g]
9
17th cent-20th cent: Lancs (Bolton, etc) estate papers 17th-20th cent and misc Bridgeman family papers 17th-19th cent
Bolton Archives and Local Studies Service
NRA 18677 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10h]
10
1844-97: corresp rel to railways in Bolton, Little Hulton and Wigan (Lancs) and Walsall (Staffs)
Bolton Archives and Local Studies Service
See Annual Return 2002
11
1615-1642: Wigan (Lancs) rectory and manor estate ledger
Wigan Archives and Local Studies
NRA 13277 Wigan RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10i]
12
1619-1643: Lancs, Cheshire, etc, estate register of Bishop Bridgeman, incl transcripts of records collected by him
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10j]
13
1712-1899: Westmorland (St Catherine's estate, Applethwaite) deeds and estate papers
Cumbria Archive Centre, Kendal
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10k]
14
16th cent-early 19th cent: Norfolk (Weeting) deeds, manorial records, estate and misc papers
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 4652 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10l]
15
16th cent-19th cent: Norfolk (Weeting) deeds, estate and misc papers 16th-19th cent, with misc estate account book (Salop, Staffs, etc) 1838-46
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 4652 Bridgeman
16
18th cent-19th cent: Bridgeman family trust papers of the 1st and 2nd Earls (as trustees of Henrietta Anderson-Pelham)
Lincolnshire Archives
NRA 9551 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10m]
17
1673-1735: Bridgeman family trust papers, mainly rel to an estate at Teddington (Middlesex)
London Metropolitan Archives: City of London
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10n]
18
1777-1919: Bridgeman family wills, settlements and trust papers
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10c]
19
1715-1820: Bridgeman family papers 1715-1820, mainly rel to the Salop militia 1803-20
Shropshire Archives
NRA 11197 Bridgeman

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10f]
20
1718-1836: Bridgeman family trust deeds and papers
Shropshire Archives
NRA 11563 Shropshire

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10f]
21
1782-1792: corresp and papers of the 4th Viscount Torrington as ambassador to Brussels (from the Bridgeman family archive)
Collection held privately: enquiries to Staffordshire County Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [10o]
22
1846-1847: diary of Charlotte Anne Bridgeman (d1858)
University of Birmingham: Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections
See Annual Return 2005

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