Catalogue description ISMAY (HASELBECH)

This record is held by Northamptonshire Archives Service

Details of ZB 291
Reference: ZB 291

Excellent archive of a wealthy landed family in the 20th C. Personal papers (including engagement books 1920-1949, scrap books 1926-1956 and diaries, papers and photographs of overseas tours 1907-1938, (South America, Africa, 'across the Sahara in a Rolls Royce', India, Australia, New Zealand and Europe). Very fine and extensive collection of cine film (about 200 reels) of domestic life at Haselbech and overseas tours 1913, 1930-1955. Haselbech W.I. records and film 1929-1960 and Milton Club records 1925-1970.


Research papers of Dr. Smee. Estate papers 1918-1981 and title deeds.


Servants wages 1921-1934.

Date: 1652-1981

A. Title deeds and other legal documents 1-202


I Purchase by Willingham Franklin 1853-6


(i) Manor, mansion and advowson, 1854-5 1-3


(ii) Farm of J.J. Slater, 1855 4-5


(a) House purchased by J. Slater. 1764 6-12


(b) Woolans close, 1776 13-16


(c) Meedwell, 1785 17-19


(d) Haselbech close, 1827 20-32


(e) Packwoods close, 1829 33-59


(f) Gollishoffs close, 1840 60-70


(iii) 183 acres of J.J. Slater, 1855 71


(a) 80 acres, 1796 72-97


(b) 103 acres, a moiety bought in 1800 98-118


(c) 103 acres, a moiety bought in 1813 119-123


(d) 103 acres, mortgages &c. 124-135


(iv) Cottages, 1853 136-144


(v) Mortgages &c. 1855-6 145-150


II Purchase and mortgages by Viscountess Milton, 1856-69


(i) From Willingham Franklin, 1856 151-153


(ii) From J. Letts, 1858 154-169


(iii) From W. Cowdell, 1858 170-176


(iv) From J. Everard, 1860 177-188


(v) From Ruth Fellows, 1865 189


(vi) From W. Trasler, 1865 190


(vii) From Sarah Oldacres, 1866 191


(viii) From Revd. H. Robinson, 1869 192-199


III Conveyance to C.G.S. Foljambe, 1882, & c




B. Estate, household and personal papers


I. Haselbech Hall estate management from 1918


II. Haselbech Hall and Gate Cottage documents and household and personal papers


C. Village affairs


I. Church matters


II. Women's Institute


III. Milton Club


IV. Miscellaneous parish and other Local papers


D. Historical, geographical and geological research


E. Miscellanea


F. Photograph Albums and Films


1. Albums of mounted photographs


2. Loose photographs


3. Postcard views &c.


4. Slides


5. Films


G. Additional Deposit of 1985

Held by: Northamptonshire Archives Service, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Ismay family of Haselbech, Northamptonshire

Physical description: 1014 docs
Access conditions:

Access to the cine film collection is restricted to members of the public. Prior arrangement must be made with the County Archivist.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Accessions 1982/102







  • Haselbech Hall, Northamptonshire
  • Smee, Dora, fl 1919-1960, geographer
  • Haselbech, Northamptonshire
  • Africa
  • South America
  • Geography and oceanography
Administrative / biographical background:

The papers of Charles Bower Ismay, his wife Matilda Constance, their daughter Florence Delaphanie and Dr. Dora K. Smee. Ismay was an owner of the White Star Shipping Line and purchased Haselbech Hall as his country estate in 1908. He died unexpectedly in 1924 leaving his wife, an American heiress, to run the estate. They had an only daughter but Haselbech was left to Mrs Ismay's companion Dora Smee. Dr. Smee was an academic geographer, of Bedford College, London.

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