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Petre, family, Barons Petre

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Date: 1540-2000
History:

Sir William Petre, principal Secretary of State 1543-66, and his son John (1549-1613), created Baron Petre in 1603, acquired extensive estates in Essex and Devon, including much former monastic property and Crown lands such as the former de Bohun manor of Writtle (Essex). The Essex estate, centred on Ingatestone Hall and Thorndon Hall (bought from the Mordaunt family in the 16th century), was retained, with property at Asheldham and Dengie being added in the 1830s, but the Devon, Somerset, and Gloucestershire properties, administered as the 'western estate', were sold c.1780-1826.

Estates in Lancashire (Dunkenhalgh) and the East Riding of Yorkshire (Selby Abbey) were acquired through the marriage in 1712 of the 7th Baron and Catherine Walmesley (d. 1788), sister and eventual heir of Francis Walmesley of Dunkenhalgh. The Selby Abbey estate was disposed of in the mid-19th century, while the Dunkenhalgh estate passed to the descendants of George William Petre, brother of the 10th Baron (1763-1809).

Estates in 1883: Essex 19,085 acres worth £22,595 a year.

Places:
  • Asheldham, Essex
  • Axminster, Devon
  • Bickley, Yorkshire
  • Charlton Adam, Somerset
  • Chertsey, Surrey
  • Deepdale, Yorkshire
  • Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire
  • Hillam, Yorkshire
  • Ingatestone, Essex
  • Roxby, Yorkshire
  • Selby Abbey, Yorkshire
  • Shute, Devon
  • South Brent, Devon
  • Sutton-under-Brailes, Warwickshire
  • Thorndon, Essex
  • Tintinhull, Somerset
  • Todenham, Gloucestershire
  • Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
Sources of authority: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections L-Z, 1999.
Name authority reference: GB/NNAF/F89456 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F10188 )
Collections
  Description Held by Reference Further information
1
10th cent-20th cent: Essex (Ingatestone, etc) deeds, family and estate papers 12th-20th cent, with misc Devon (South Brent, etc) deeds and papers 962-19th cent, Whittlesey (Cambs) valuation c1725, Lancs (Dunkenhalgh) and Yorks (Selby Abbey) estate papers 1792-1800, Chertsey (Surrey) farm accounts 1802-19, and misc deeds for other counties
Essex Record Office
NRA 23544 Petre

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83a]
2
1597-1848: misc Essex (Ingatestone, etc) deeds and papers
Essex Record Office
NRA 3505 Essex RO misc

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83b]
3
12th cent-early 19th cent: Devon (South Brent, etc) and misc Gloucs (Todenham, etc) and Somerset (Charlton Adam, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers 12th cent-early 19th cent, incl Shute (Devon) household inventories 16th cent
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 9466 Petre

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83c]
4
13th cent-19th cent: Devon (Axminster, etc) deeds and estate papers
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 1563 Petre
5
17th cent-18th cent: misc Devon (Axminster, Shute, etc) deeds and manorial records
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 4613 Devon RO
6
1770-1785: Devon (Axminster, etc) manorial court book
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 4613 Devon RO
7
16th cent-18th cent: Devon (South Brent, etc) deeds and estate papers 16th-18th cent, with misc manorial court books for Devon, Somerset, etc, 16th cent
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 9546 Turner

See Annual Report 1984-85 p12
8
1775-1778: Axminster (Devon) estate plans (2)
Devon Archives and Local Studies Service (South West Heritage Trust)
NRA 4613 Devon RO
9
12th cent-18th cent: Gloucs (Todenham, etc) and Warwicks (Sutton-under-Brailes, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Gloucestershire Archives
NRA 7002 Petre

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83d]
10
12th cent-19th cent: Lancs (Dunkenhalgh, etc) and Yorks (Selby Abbey, etc) deeds, family and estate papers
Lancashire Archives
NRA 6100 RC Petre
11
1788: Lancs estate survey
Lancashire Archives
See Guide 1985 p266
12
1786-1810: Pudding Norton (Norfolk) estate survey 1786, with note of acreages of land broken up subsequently 1810
Norfolk Record Office
13
12th cent-19th cent: Yorks (Selby Abbey, etc) deeds and papers
British Library, Manuscript Collections
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83f]
14
12th cent-19th cent: Yorks (Selby Abbey, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Hull History Centre (Hull University Archives)
NRA 35699 Selby Abbey

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83g]
15
13th cent-19th cent: Yorks (Selby Abbey, etc) deeds, manorial records and estate papers
Hull History Centre (Hull University Archives)
NRA 7254 Denison
16
c1499-1825: Yorks (Deepdale, Roxby, etc) deeds and estate papers
North Yorkshire County Record Office
NRA 14941
17
1639-1640: Petre family estate accounts
Cambridge University Library: Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83e]
18
1709-1732: Petre family rentals, accounts and papers
British Library, Manuscript Collections
19
19th cent-20th cent: Petre family papers, mainly of MDM Petre (d1942)
British Library, Manuscript Collections
20
1597-1610: account book of the 2nd Baron Petre
Folger Shakespeare Library
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83h]
21
1791-1800: accounts and papers of the 9th Baron Petre
The National Archives
See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83i]
22
1872-1882: corresp and papers of the 13th Baron
Downside Abbey Archives and Library
NRA 19936

See HMC Principal family and estate collections L-W, 1999 [83j]

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