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Details of AC/90/50
Reference: AC/90/50





1.1 These documents, which provide title to the manor of Great Budbridge in the parish of Arreton were deposited by Paris, Smith and Randall, solicitors of Southampton in December 1990. They were evidently being kept, during the latter half of the last century by Robert Paris of Sopley, near Christchurch, Hants., who had a life interest in the estate under the will of his aunt, Mrs Rebecca Spicer. In 1871 Robert Paris' son, Robert junior, sold his reversionary interest to Frederick Blake who took possession in 1883 on the death of Robert Paris, senior (see VCH, p.142)




2.1 The documents have been sorted into nine bundles which represent a rational attempt at restoring the natural sequence (see Appendix A). The documents fall naturally into two main classes: title deeds and counterpart leases. There is also a small quantity of lower grade material of a rather miscellaneous nature, including reports, correspondence and notices


2.2 A small number of title deeds deal solely with Great Budbridge but the great majority, including all of the more important ones, cover a wider estate which included the manor of Knighton and associated property at Mersley and Langbridge, all in the parish of Newchurch, which together formed the inheritance of General Maurice Bocland (died 1765), the son of Hannah and Mary Dillington's half sister, Mabel (see VCH, p.183). This Maurice Bocland was the grandfather, not the uncle as per VCH, of the notorious George Maurice Bissett, who succeeded to Great Budbridge and the Knighton estate in 1765. On Bissett's death in 1821 it passed to his brother, William Bissett, Bishop of Rophea in Ireland, who quickly sold it to Sir Samuel Spicer, father-in-law of Mrs Rebecca Spicer (see 1.1 above). A small close near Great Budbridge called Red Mead was added to the estate in 1845 and is represented by a small bundle of deeds. There is also some mention in the documents of an estate at Shepton Mallet in Somerset which Maurice Bocland had under a lease from the Duchy of Cornwall (see Appendix B for outline family trees)


2.3 Like the title deeds the counterpart leases cover the whole Bocland estate, including Knighton and Shepton Mallett, not just Great Budbridge itself. Maurice Bocland's son, George, who was a deputy Lieutenant for the Island, predeceased his father in 1762. Under his marriage settlement this George Bocland had a life interest in part of the Meux estate; his wife was a granddaughter of Sir William Meux, and among the documents here is the counterpart for a lease of Pagham and Hoblands, in the name of George and Jane Bocland


2.4 There is little of note among the miscellaneous papers, except a sworn statement by George Maurice Bissett's widow to say that he died at Lessendrum, his family's ancient home near Huntley in Aberdeenshire, on 16 December 1821, and some later correspondence that supports the statement about provenance made in 1.1 above. The will of William Reid, a London cabinet maker, (proved 1838) of which Robert Paris was both a beneficiary and the executor, is also present




3.1 Among the large Jerome deposit are two boxes of papers for the Knighton estate. In practice, most of these relate either to Maurice Bocland's house in Southampton or to his Somerset property. The present deposit greatly enlarges upon the Jerome/Knighton papers and will become a major source for information about the manor of Knighton, as well as Great Budbridge in the eighteenth century. There is a short series of seventeenth century Dillington family settlements in the Jerome/Heytesbury papers, JER/HBY/32


3.2 Sapte Blake, grandson and successor of Frederick Blake (see 1.1 above) was himself a solicitor. A small deposit of his business papers was received some years ago (Acc. 85/89) and includes a single late nineteenth century lease for Great Budbridge


3.3 Further documentation on Red Mead will be found among the Jerome/Heytesbury papers - see in particular the headnote to JER/HBY/60

Date: 1706-1870
Held by: Isle of Wight Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Parish, Smith and Randall, solicitors of Christchurch, Hampshire

Physical description: 54 items
  • Isle of Wight
  • Arreton, Isle of Wight
  • Land tenure

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