Exchequer: Treasury of Receipt: Ancient Deeds, Series A

Details of E 40
Reference:E 40
Title:
Exchequer: Treasury of Receipt: Ancient Deeds, Series A
Description:

This series consists of deeds of properties which the Crown had acquired from private individuals and which were stored in the Treasury of the Receipt of the Exchequer.

It consists almost entirely of records of conveyances, but also includes some bonds and wills.

Among the estate archives which remain identifiable within the series are those of a variety of attainted individuals, including, for example, Hugh le Despenser, father and son, William and Robert Catesby (respectively Richard III adherent and the gunpowder conspirator), Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell. The records of the forfeited estates of Wolsey and Cromwell incorporate the archives of certain religious houses: deeds relating to the priories of Wix, Mountjoy and St Peter's, Ipswich (all suppressed by Wolsey) can be found in some quantity, whilst the priory of St Pancras, Lewes, acquired by Cromwell after the Dissolution, is particularly well-documented. One of the largest distinguishable archives is that of the priory of Holy Trinity (or Christchurch), Aldgate, suppressed in 1532; its possessions seem eventually to have fallen to the Crown after the forfeiture of the duke of Norfolk in 1572. In many cases, deeds were withdrawn from the Exchequer and passed to the subsequent purchaser of an estate.

Date: c1100-1603
Arrangement:

It appears that these records were formerly maintained as a collection of individual estate archives, but that they were rearranged by county in the seventeenth century. Little trace of the original estate organisation now survives. Some deeds from other sources were probably added to the collection during the seventeenth-century rearrangement and at the time of the removal of the records from the Chapter House at Westminister to the Public Record Office.

Separated Material: Manorial records were removed from the series and some are now in LR 3
Manorial records were removed from the series and some are now in SC 2
Manorial records were removed from the series and some are now in SC 6
Large documents were removed from the series and were placed in Series AA now E 41
Documents with fine seals were removed from the series and were placed in Series AS now E 42
Deeds later in date than 1603 were removed from the series and placed in E 44
Manorial records were removed from the series and some are now in CRES 5
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Physical description: 15912 parchment membranes
Publication note: Pieces 1-33672 calendared and indexed in A descriptive catalogue of ancient deeds in the Public Record Office, I-V (London, 1890-1906) Pieces 5924, 6682-6695, 15389, 15399, 15404, 15415, 15443 are printed in full, with commentary, in The Pipe Roll Society, X (1888) Copies of many of the deeds relating to Holy Trinity are calendared at length in The cartulary of Holy Trinity Aldgate, ed G A J Hodgett (London, 1971)

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