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Coke, family, Earls of Leicester

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Date: 1100-2000
History:

The Coke family owned land in Norfolk from the 13th century. Sir Edward Coke (1549-1633), Lord Chief Justice, added greatly to the Norfolk estates, inherited Suffolk property through his wife Bridget Paston of Huntingfield, and purchased estates in Buckinghamshire (Farnham Royal), Dorset (Durweston etc.), London (Bevis Marks), Oxfordshire (Minster Lovell), Somerset (Donyatt) and elsewhere. His eldest son married a Berkeley, inheriting the Portbury estate in Somerset. Property in Derbyshire, Lancashire and Suffolk was settled on, or acquired through marriage by, a younger son of Sir Edward Coke, and used again thereafter to provide for a junior branch of the family.

Thomas Coke (1697-1759), created Earl of Leicester in 1744, married Margaret Tufton, co-heir of the 6th Earl of Thanet, and through her acquired the Dungeness lighthouse dues. He was succeeded by his nephew Wenman Roberts, who took the name of Coke, and whose wife was heiress of Chamberlayne property in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire (Wardington and Long Itchington) as well as of the Denton family's estate in Hillesden in Buckinghamshire.

Out-county properties were sold and the estates concentrated in Norfolk between c.1750 and c.1820. On the sales of certain outlying Norfolk parishes on the Holkham estate in 1910-12, deeds, court rolls and papers from the Holkham muniments were transferred to the new owners of the properties.

Estates in 1883: 44,090 acres in Norfolk, worth £59,578 a year.

Places:
  • Bevis Marks, London
  • Durweston, Dorset
  • Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire
  • Flitcham, Norfolk
  • Hillesden, Buckinghamshire
  • Holkham, Norfolk
  • Kempstone, Norfolk
  • Kingsdown, Kent
  • Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire
  • Portbury, Somerset
  • Weasenham, Norfolk
  • Wherstead, Suffolk
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, p. 36.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F84972 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F7972 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
12th cent-20th cent: Norfolk (Holkham), Bucks, Dorset, Kent, London, Oxon and Suffolk deeds, manorial records, family and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
2
1655: Holkham household account book
Norfolk Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23j]
3
1757-1759: Holkham Hall building account books
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23l]
4
14th cent-17th cent: Norfolk (Ashill and Saham Toney) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 30579 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23b]
5
1588-1916: Ashill and Saham Toney (Norfolk) manorial records
Norfolk Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23c]
6
1595-early 20th cent: Norfolk (Billingford, Castle Acre, Tittleshall, etc) manorial records
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 9306 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23d]
7
13th cent-19th cent: Flitcham (Norfolk) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 4636

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23e]
8
14th cent-20th cent: Kempstone (Norfolk) deeds and papers, incl deeds 17th-19th cent and manorial court rolls and accounts 1307-1652
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 5687 Kempstone manor

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23f]
9
1313-1728: Kempstone (Norfolk) estate accounts 1313-98 and manorial court book 1593-1728
Norfolk Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23g]
10
1613-early 20th cent: Norfolk (Wells, etc) manorial records 1613-early 20th cent and legal papers 1842-1903
Norfolk Record Office
NRA 9306 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23h]
11
14th cent-16th cent: misc Norfolk estate papers
Norfolk Record Office
See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23i]
12
13th cent-20th cent: Weasenham (Norfolk) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23k]
13
13th cent-18th cent: Weasenham (Norfolk) estate papers
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
NRA 43678
14
17th cent-18th cent: Bucks (Farnham Royal and Hillesden) deeds and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
15
18th cent: Durweston (Dorset) and Portbury (Somerset) estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
16
18th cent: Kingsdown (Kent) deeds and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
17
17th cent-19th cent: London (Bevis Marks) estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
18
17th cent-19th cent: Oxon (Minster Lovell) deeds and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
19
19th cent: Minster Lovell (Oxon) estate papers
Collection held privately: enquiries to The National Archives, Archives Sector Development
NRA 1011 Coke
20
15th cent-19th cent: Suffolk deeds and estate papers
Holkham Hall
NRA 12332 Coke

See HMC Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996 [23a]
21
12th cent-17th cent: Wherstead (Suffolk) deeds and estate papers
Manchester University: University of Manchester Library
NRA 10463
22
1671-1768: Coke family trust deeds and mortgages
National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services
NRA 40533 Peniston Lamb

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [Addenda]

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