Catalogue description Estate papers of the Elton family of Clevedon Court

This record is held by Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust)

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Title: Estate papers of the Elton family of Clevedon Court



The archive of the Elton family of Clevedon Court relates almost exclusively to the manor of Clevedon and its estate in that parish.


The manor was acquired by the Wake family, temp. Edw. IV and passed to Sir Roger Wake. His support for Richard III at Bosworth led to the confiscation of his lands although they were restored in 1501. Sir Baldwin Wake married Abigail, daughter of Sir Geo. Digby and thus the manor passed eventually to Jn. Digby, Earl of Bristol In order to alleviate his debts, trustees were appointed to receive the profits of the manor, excluding the manor house and demesne. On his death in 1693 it passed to his wife Rachel who sold it to Gabriel Odingsells to help settle the debts in 1700. The estate was acquired by Abraham Elton, a Bristol merchant in 1709, and remained with that family until the present century [see DD/EN 1-5 for deeds leading to the Elton acquisition]. The survival of leases from the 19th century provide a useful source for the study of place names for the parish and the series of 19th century deeds of sale and purchase of lands by the family reveal the growth and development of the town. Many documents have deteriorated through exposure to damp and are defective, particularly a box of leases which has had to be left uncatalogued and which has been placed at the end of the collection.


Lucia Maria Rice married Edm. Wm. Elton mid 19th century


c.250 letters, etc. of the Rice family of Tooting [co.Surrey] orig. from Carmarthenshire, mid 18th - mid 19th century for transfer to Surrey R.O.

Date: 16th cent - 20th cent

Deeds of Title


1-44 Main estate Clevedon, Tickenham


45-55 Sales of lands, Clevedon, etc.


56-70 Family settlements, wills


71-79 Mortgages raised on the estate and also involving Elton family


Estate & Manorial


80-93 Leases for 99 years or 3 lives - Clevedon Manor


94 Leases for 99 years or 3 lives - Manor of Winford


95 Leases for 99 years or 3 lives - Manor of Walton in Gordano (1), Tickenham parish (2)


96-99 Leases for years - Clevedon


100 Leases for years - Bristol


101 Mining leases - Clevedon


102-103 Manor of Clevedon - Surveys


104-113 General papers


114 Waterman family


115 Bowles family


116-121 Elton family wills


122-123 Additional papers

Held by: Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust), not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 17 boxes
Immediate source of acquisition:

S/1507; S/1598; S/1664







  • Elton family of Clevedon Court, Clevedon, Somerset
  • Somerset

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