Catalogue description GORT FAMILY
This record is held by London Metropolitan Archives: City of London
Records, mainly title deeds, relating to properties of the Gort family in London, the Isle of Wight and Ireland
The catalogue is divided into three sections:-
(1) LONDON: documents relating mainly to Gresse Street, Stephen Street, Percy Street and Tottenham Court Road, St Pancras, E/GOR/1-174
(2) ISLE OF WIGHT: documents relating to East Cowes Castle Estate and other properties at Whippingham and East Cowes, E/GOR/175-243
(3) IRELAND: documents relating mainly to Oatlands and Roxborough, Co. Limerick, E/GOR/244-263
Each of these sections is further divided into:
(i) Marriage settlements, probates, and other documents listed by person, which cannot be related to a specific property
(ii) Documents listed by property
Except in listing the original numbered series (see E/GOR/59-174) sub-numbering has only been used where an item was originally enclosed inside another item.
E/GOR/59-174 form an original numbered series
The series contains a few conveyances but consists mainly of licences to demise granted by the Lord of the Manor of Tottenham to a trustee under the will of John Jones decd., leases made by the trustees under the same will, and assignments of leases. The properties were held in trust for his daughter, Elizabeth Mary, wife of George Tudor (who was also one of the trustees) and later wife of John Prendergast Viscount Gort.
Each group of deeds relating to a property has an original number (marked in red ink on some of the documents) making it a part of an original series consecutively numbered. Within this number series the series is ordered by street and then by street number, although occasionally a document relates to different properties in different streets.
Many of the documents are not numbered but were found with numbered documents relating to the same properties. This particularly applies to the licences.
Horwood's large scale map of London (1813 edition, Map Collection) is a useful guide to the location of many of the properties listed in section (1).
|Held by:||London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, not available at The National Archives|
|Physical description:||263 documents|
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The collection was originally contained in one large box. Although it arrived at the Greater London Record Office in nine original bundles and one group of loose documents, it became clear that only the two bundles relating separately to the Isle of Wight and to Ireland were probably original. The other bundles contained closely inter-related material concerning properties in London. However, the originality of any of the bundles is uncertain, except in a few instances concerning a small number of deeds and these have been noted in the catalogue.
Apart from the Irish property most of the property in the collection came to the Gort family through Elizabeth Mary Viscountess Gort as daughter of John Jones and as widow of George Tudor.
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