Catalogue description Chancery: Master Horne's Exhibits

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Details of C 110
Reference: C 110
Title: Chancery: Master Horne's Exhibits

The documents in this series consist of private papers of all kinds, delivered into the court of Chancery by plaintiffs and defendants as evidence in their suits.

Most of the papers were delivered back to their owners, but those that remain form a major source for social, economic and business history. Some of the collections contain intimate correspondence, and family papers, including diaries and wills; others include estate papers and accounts covering several centuries.

Business, professional and trade papers are very well represented. There are important holdings relating to the army, individual artists, the book and newspaper trades, the building trades, charities, chemists, churchwardens accounts, the cloth trades, coachmakers, collieries and the coal trade, the diamond, gold and silver trades, hospitals, mining, naval officers and seamen, prize agents, privateers, schools, shipping, the slave trade, street lighting, undertakers, waterworks, and the wine trade.

There is also a considerable amount of material relating to the East India Company, India, the West Indies (Caribbean) and North America, and foreign trade.

Date: 1306-1853

Where possible, the catalogue identifies the Chancery cause that relates to each set of exhibits.

There are two distinct sequences within this series:

  • C 110/1-144 are arranged in numerical order by former references. In this section of the series, the exhibits relating to one cause are often divided between two or more boxes.
  • The contents of C 110/145-189 are arranged largely alphabetically by the short title (for instance, Smith v Jones) of each cause. In this section of the series, most boxes contain exhibits relating to two or more different causes.

Related material:

Additional finding aid ZBOX 1/69/4

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English, French and Latin
Physical description: 190 box(es)
Restrictions on use: These documents can only be seen under supervision
Custodial history: The documents were handed on by each master to his successor, until reclaimed. The exhibits in this series ended up in the care of Master Horne, the last Seventh Master, 1839-1853.
Unpublished finding aids:

An index to the Chancery Masters over time is filed with the paper catalogued in the reading rooms at The National Archives

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