This collection was deposited by Lady Bonham Carter in eight sections between 1949 and 1984. It relates primarily to William Wickham the politician (1761-1840), though there are substantial papers also about his grandson William Wickham, who published a two volume edition of his correspondence to 1799 in 1870 (HRO library, Books 1138a-b). The collection also includes papers of the Shaw Lefevre family, including Viscount Eversley, Speaker of the House of Commons 1839-57; these came through William Wickham junior's marriage to Sophia Shaw Lefevre.
The bulk of the collection though comprises the political papers of William Wickham senior.
Original deposits (made 1949-84) comprise mainly personal and family papers of Rt Hon William Wickham, (1761-1840), diplomat and Chief Secretary for Ireland, and include: correspondence re foreign affairs, 1793-1802; Irish papers, 1798-1804; Treasury papers, 1800-09; correspondence and papers re WW's wife, Eleanore, 1762-1836; correspondence and papers re WW's son, Henry Lewis Wickham, 1807-81. Original deposits also include papers re WW's grandson, William Wickham, jun, MP, (notebooks, diaries, personal papers, official papers, etc.), 1854-95, and papers of the Shaw Lefevre family (Charles SL, 1789-20th century; Helena SL, 1824, 1834; Charles SL, Viscount Eversley, and family, 1817-1923; Whitbread family, 1815-1924).
Additional deposits (made 1990-91) comprise papers as follows
Rt Hon William Wickham: official papers, estate papers, correspondence, printed and miscellaneous, papers re Eleanore Bertrand, later wife of WW, and maps, 1688-1840. Henry Lewis Wickham (1789-1864): correspondence, financial papers, deeds and papers re family settlements, printed and genealogical material, papers of Lucy Wickham (HLW's wife, mainly household papers, correspondence, etc.), 1704-1880s. William Wickham, jun, MP (1831-97): journals and diaries, estate and financial papers, papers re family trusts and settlements, official papers (re Hampshire County Council, elections, etc.), papers re local interests, (eg. St Cross Hospital, Winchester, Quarter Sessions, Hampshire Hunt, Binsted parish), personal correspondence, printed and general material, 1663-1897.
Personal and official papers of other family members: Sophia Emma Wickham (1833-1929), Lucy Ogilvy (1863-1946), Charlotte Bonham Carter (1893-1989), Edgar Bonham Carter (1870-1956), Eleanore Clements (1875-1955), William Wickham Ogilvy (1896-1918), and the Shaw Lefevre family, covering period 1820s-93.
The papers deposited in 1990 - 1991, are essentially those of the descendants of the Rt Hon William Wickham whose papers were deposited in 1949. There are 147 boxes of material
The Rt Hon William Wickham is poorly represented in this part of the collection and the papers here are mainly from the 1811 - 1840 period and of a personal nature
His son Henry is also poorly represented (3 boxes). There is a little correspondence and estate material, but mostly his papers reflect his activities as a trustee in a range of family and other settlements. His wife Lucy was a more active correspondent and section B5 contains the letters she received from an extensive family circle.
Their son William's papers are more extensive - 15 boxes of material, mostly estate, local and parliamentary related papers. His journals and diaries are the most informative in the collection. His wife Sophia also came into possession of some Shaw Lefevre family material, aside from her own substantial papers. Her 16 boxes are predominantly correspondence of a personal, local and estate character.
The papers of William and Sophia's children and grandchildren form the largest part of the collection, 46 boxes of papers of their daughter Lucy Ogilvy and a further 36 boxes for Lucy's daughter Charlotte Bonham Carter. Much of this is personal correspondence but there are also substantial estate papers for the period 1930s - 1980s. Lucy and Charlotte were both involved in a large number of local organisations and Lucy had a large and detailed correspondence with her sister Eléonore Clements.