Catalogue description Dryden of Canons Ashby

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Title: Dryden of Canons Ashby

Baronets with estates at Canons Ashby, Little Preston, Moreton Pinkney, Woodford and Hinton, Blakesley, Chesterton and Haddon (Huntingdonshire), Hodnell, Radbourne and Itchington (Warwickshire) and Freiston (Lincolnshire). Fine estate and household accounts 1654-1655 (Hunts. estate), 1668-1688, 1703-1727, rentals 1737-1788 and early 18thC. bills. Correspondence of 2nd Baronet 1640-1658. 18thC./early 19thC. family correspondence including letters from Warren Hastings 1788-1837. Correspondence of Lady Dryden 1797-1824, personal and estate (Freiston). Inventories 1717/18, 1756, 1770, 1791, 1819. Sir John Dryden's Oxford accounts 1718-1723. Archaeological papers and architectural drawings of Sir Henry Dryden, correspondence 1824-1851. Early 20thC. correspondence. Correspondence and estate papers of the Wight family of Blakesley 1704-1795. Muster roll 1546, Culworth open field orders. A builder's and carrier's day books 1758-1767.

Date: 13th Century -1945

Dryden Family and estate papers 1545-1945


Documents dating down to the time of Sir John (Turner) Dryden who died in 1797.


Account books, 1654-1795


Receipted bills &c. stuck into books, 1656-1741


Loose receipts, bills and other papers, 1630-1795


Volume of Correspondence of Wight family, 1704-1795


Correspondence and papers of Lady Dryden widow of Sir John Dryden (d.1797), 1797-1824


Correspondence and papers of Revd. Sir Henry Dryden (died 1837), and of his wife Elizabeth Hutchinson, 1812-1837


Papers of Sir Henry Dryden (succeeded 1837 & died 1899).


Miscellaneous legal documents and papers, 1838-1883


Documents concerning public offices 1840-1846


Correspondence, 1824-1859


Accounts, valuations, estate bills and notices, 1838-1896


Measured drawings, plans, sections, moulding and photographs


Canons Ashby Church, 1837-94


Canons Ashby House, 1836-99


Gardens and outbuildings 1844-97


Farms and farm buildings 1861-98


Miscellaneous interests of Sir Henry Dryden


Papers of Sir Alfred and Sir Arthur Dryden


Family Bible, with inscription dated 1718


Settlements and wills, 1623-1937.


Deeds of lands purchased by the Drydens.


Woodford Rectory, 1567-1850 & 1710


Chesterton 1600-1654


Canons Ashby 1550-1665


Tunningham Farm in Little Preston 1702-1766


Little Preston 1641-1772


Property in Little Freston bought by Sir H. Dryden 1825


List of deeds




Leases by Drydens


Canons Ashby 1709-1797


Blakesley 1714-1762


Woodford 1721 & 1736


Freiston & Butterwick (Lincs.) 1763


Leases to Sir H. Dryden


Eydon, 1862


Adstone, 1862 and 1879


Papers relating to estates in Blakesley


The Dryden estate


Sale of the estate in 1804


The Wight Estate


Miscellaneous deeds and accounts, 1541-1809


Relating to the Inclosure, 1760-1761


Relating to the case, Wight v.


Dryden, 1823-27




Canons Ashby and Preston, 1816-1920


Sir Robert Dryden's shrievalty, 1667


John Dryden the woollen draper, 1682 & 1687


Miscellaneous deeds, 13th cent. - 1826


Letters, 1862 and 1904-1939


Notebooks and folders


Curwen items, 1822-38


Miscellaneous notes


Inventories 1717 - 1828


Letter Book I 1640 - 1658


Letter Book II 1799 - 1800


Letter Book III 1709 - 1717


Letter Book IV 1731 - 1770


Letter Book 1723 - 1774


Letter Book VI 1770 - 1796


Letter Book VII 1760 - 1830


Letter Book VIII 1680 - 1830

Related material:

(Alice Marcon's papers and photographs are in a separate collection.) (Further papers of Sir Henry Dryden in Northampton Central Library.)

Held by: Northamptonshire Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Dryden family of Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

Physical description: 1119 Files
Access conditions:

Accessions 1960/100, 1960/104, 1964/40, 1964/113, 1965/28, 1999/404

  • Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818, governor-general of India
  • Wight family of Blakesley, Northamptonshire
  • Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
  • Blakesley, Northamptonshire
Administrative / biographical background:

The Drydens came from Cumberland following John Dryden's marriage to Elizabeth the daughter of Sir John Cope of Canons Ashby in 1551. His second son Erasmus, a strong Puritan and London grocer, purchased a baronetcy in 1619. He was High Sheriff in 1620 and M.P. for Banbury


His son Sir John (d.1658) was also a strong Puritan and Parliamentarian. He was M.P. for Northamptonshire 1640-1653 and 1654-1655. Following the death of the 3rd baronet the estate went to Edward Dryden (d.1717) another rich London grocer. The celebrated poet John Dryden was an uncle. Edward's son John became the 7th and last baronet in 1718. Sir John was a friend of the novelist Samuel Richardson. On Lady Dryden's death in 1791 the estates passed to a neice Elizabeth who married Sir John Turner, 4th Baronet of Ambrosden, Oxfordshire. The Dryden baronetcy was recreated for him in 1795. Sir Henry Dryden the 4th baronet (d.1899) was a notable historian and archaeologist. His only daughter Alice, Mrs Marcon (d.1956) was a physiographer. The last baronet Sir Arthur died in 1938 and Canons Canons Ashby passed to a nephew who took the name Dryden. The house was to the National Trust in 1981.

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