Catalogue description Burdett of Foremark: estate, family and personal papers

This record is held by Derbyshire Record Office

Details of D5054
Reference: D5054
Title: Burdett of Foremark: estate, family and personal papers

The records include title deeds, estate papers, surveys and maps for properties in Foremark, Ingleby, Stanton by Bridge, Stapenhill, Repton and Milton, 16th-19th centuries. Out-county properties include Bramcote, Warwickshire, Lichfield and Harlaston, Staffordshire, and properties in Shropshire, Norfolk and Leicestershire 15th-19th centuries. There are manorial court records for Repton Priors 1702, Thorpe Constantine, Suffolk, 1584 and Tinton in Woodchurch and Warehouse, Kent 1608-1656.


The household account books 1758-1797, many written by the 4th baronet (1716-1797) who was responsible for the rebuilding of Foremark Hall in Palladian style about 1760 and for commissioning designs for the grounds in the 1730s, include information about servants, and the agent's correspondence 1872-1940 covers all aspects of the estate. The design for the gardens, undated but probably c1737, is particularly noteworthy. Inventories for the house 1892-1925 have survived. There are also papers relating to the building under Sir Francis Burdett, the 2nd baronet, of St. Saviour's church in Foremark 1661-1679.


A Robert Burdett was a partner in a merchant trading enterprise with Alicante, Spain, which is recorded in a letter book 1648-1652.


The records also include accounts of the 2nd baronet as a trustee for Sir Robert Shirley of Staunton Harold, Leicestershire 1655-1667; of the 3rd baronet's wardship of Sir John Harpur and his sister 1684-1692, and the 4th baronet's accounts as executor of Sir Henry Harpur, 1748.




D5054/1 Manorial, 16th-18th century


D5054/2-10 Title deeds, 16th-19th century


D5054/11 Leases, 19th century and 1900


D5054/12 Family and business, 16th-18th Century


D5054/13-15 Estate and household accounts, 17th-19th century


D5054/16 Wardship, executors and trustees' accounts, 17th-18th century


D5054/17-18 Estate surveys and papers, 15th-19th century


D5054/19-22 Agents' estate correspondence and financial records, late 19th-early 20th century


D5054/23 Foremark Hall inventories etc., late 19th-early 20th century


D5054/24 Legal papers, 15th century


D5054/25 Miscellaneous, 16th-18th century


D5054/26 Maps, 18th-19th century


D5054/27-34 Family and title deeds, 18th-20th century

Date: 15th-20th century
Related material:

For title deeds for Derbyshire and out-county property 15th-19th centuries, household estate accounts 16th-19th centuries and militia records 1639-1660 see D156.


For title deeds to properties in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Wiltshire 1660-1851, survey of the Leicestershire estate see D665.


For rentals and bill books 1817-1830 see D769.


For rentals for Ingleby, Stanton and Donisthorpe, Leicestershire 1807-1820, correspondence and bills mainly for estate matters 1807-1825 see D2977.


Records of the Burdett family in Wiltshire are held in Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office.


Correspondence and other papers of Sir Francis Burdett, the 5th baronet, 1790-1843 are held mainly in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

Held by: Derbyshire Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Burdett family, baronets, of Foremark, Derbyshire

Burdett family of Bramcote, Warwickshire

Physical description: 13 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were deposited by a London firm of solicitors and transferred from Wiltshire Record Office in 1999 and 2000.

  • Foremark Hall, Derbyshire
  • Foremark, Derbyshire
  • Estate management
Administrative / biographical background:

The Burdett family was formerly of Bramcote in Warwickshire and first became involved with Foremark through the marriage of Sir Thomas Burdett of Bramcote with Jane Fraunces of Foremark in 1602. Jane was daughter and heiress of William Fraunces of Foremark and niece and heiress (through her mother) of John Fraunces of Ticknall. Sir Thomas and Jane Burdett's descendents succeeded therefore to both the Fraunces of Foremark and Fraunces of Ticknall estates. Thomas was created 1st baronet of Bramcote and the family continued to hold property and serve as local officers in Warwickshire.


Sir Francis Burdett (1770-1844), the 5th baronet, was a prominent politician associated with prison reform, Catholic Emancipation and the Reform Act of 1832. His marriage to Sophia Coutts allied the family to the London banking family with extensive properties in Wiltshire. The baronetcy became extinct in 1951.


Sir Robert Burdett, the 4th baronet, rebuilt Foremark Hall in the 1760s, following extensive alterations to the grounds in the 1730s. Foremark Hall ceased to be the main family seat when Ramsbury, Wiltshire was preferred in the early nineteenth century, the family having inherited estates there in 1800.

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