Catalogue description Cobb of Margate, Family and Business Papers

This record is held by Kent History and Library Centre

Details of EK-U1453
Reference: EK-U1453
Title: Cobb of Margate, Family and Business Papers

General note. This vast accumulation of papers was removed from the Brewery when it was decided to demolish that building. The documents had been stored in the attics with consequent damage through damp in some cases. The whole relates to the story of the family from c. 1780 to 1940 and to the various businesses with which they were associated including banking, brewing, shipping agency and insurance.


The records consist mainly of pieces of paper, a very few volumes survive partly because the brewery records are incomplete and partly because Lloyds Bank will have retained much banking material in 1892, when they absorbed Cobb's Bank.


Until an index to persons is completed the value of the catalogue will be diminished, but many of the classes to which it relates are considerable in bulk and this list is consequently little more than a general class list for many parts of the collection.


Nevertheless the records indicate the wide ranging philanthropic interests of the family and their political allegiance as well as providing much on the history of Margate, the dangers of the coast round the North Foreland and the banking, brewing and insurance interests.

Date: 1577 - 1967

In sorting and arranging the papers an attempt has been made to relate correspondence to the various businesses or to an official activity, but this can only be done by reference to the contents of each letter and there is inevitably a considerable overlap in every direction.


EK-U1453/T1-29 Deeds of inns, other properties and trusts, 1577-1908


EK-U1453/F1-26 Family papers, 1740-1944


EK-U1453/C Correspondence [personal and family]


EK-U1453/C1 Francis Cobb, 1727-1802


EK-U1453/C2-286 Francis Cobb, 1759-1831


EK-U1453/C287-305 Charlotte Mary Cobb, d. 1823 (3rd w. of Francis jun.)


EK-U1453/C306-549 Francis William Cobb, 1787-1871 (addn. C609-646)


EK-U1453/C550-608 Thomas F. Cobb, 1797-1882


EK-U1453/C609-646 F.W. Cobb additional, 1787 - 1871


EK-U1453/C647-649 Harriet, Maria and Amelia Cobb, 1835 - 1845


EK-U1453/C650-668 Francis Carr Cobb, 1814-1904


EK-U1453/C669-676 Francis Carr Cobb, 1845-1937


EK-U1453/C677-679 Emily Cobb, d. 1882, 1st w. of F.M.C., 1862 - 1882


EK-U1453/C680-694 Other letters, 1771 - 1939


EK-U1453/E Estate Papers


EK-U1453/E1-13 Testamentary, 1802-1870


EK-U1453/E14-38 Papers concerning inns and houses, 1794-1838


EK-U1453/E39 Sale particulars, 1799-1934


EK-U1453/A1-14 Accounts [personal], 1753-1928


EK-U1453/B1-6 Business Papers


EK-U1453/B1/1-6 Partnerships and transfers, 1841-1949


EK-U1453/B2/1-40 Brewery papers, 1761-1967


EK-U1453/B3/1-24 Cobb's Bank, Margate, 1781-1871


EK-U1453/B4/1-28 Margate Savings Bank, 1818-1868


EK-U1453/B5/1-13 Shipping agency and salvage, 1768-1852


EK-U1453/B6/1-3 Insurance agency, 1770-1927


EK-U1453/O Official papers


EK-U1453/O1-7 Taxation records, 1718-1850


EK-U1453/O8-14 Military and Naval papers, 1770-1835


EK-U1453/O15-34 Cinque Ports Lieutenancy and Admiralty, 1776-1834


EK-U1453/O35-46 Cinque Port Deputy of Margate, 1637, 1782-1857


EK-U1453/O47-52 Correspondence with Dover, Head Port, 1772-1834


EK-U1453/O53-62 Commissioners for Margate Pier and Pavement, 1775-1841


EK-U1453/O63 Borough of Margate, 1858-1880


EK-U1453/O64-72 Parish of St. John and Thanet Union, 1769-1872


EK-U1453/O73-85 Vice Consular papers, 1774-1832


EK-U1453/O86-102 Parliamentary elections, 1789-1857, and miscellanea


EK-U1453/Q1-309 Charity records and papers, 1694-1869


EK-U1453/Z1-146 Miscellanea and printed items, 1657 - 1949


EK-U1453/P1-203 Maps and Plans, 1830 - 1948

Held by: Kent History and Library Centre, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Cobb family of Margate, Kent

Physical description: 189 series
Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by D. Cobb, Esq., May 1969.

  • Margate, Kent
Administrative / biographical background:

Francis Cobb, 1727-1802, was founder of the family fortunes and was followed by his son Francis jun., 1759-1831. Each was deputy-mayor Margate and the younger man took an active part in the Cinque Port defence during the French wars, 1793-1815. Later the affairs of the family centred in three other men: Francis William, 1787-1871 (s. of Francis jun.), his son Francis Carr Cobb, 1814-1904 and grandson Francis Marsden Cobb, 1845-1937.

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