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TitleCorrespondence and Accounts from the Pickworth (Lincolnshire) and Bestwood (Nottinghamshire) Estates of the Dukes of St Albans, 1785-1839
Extent5 boxes
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; accounts, bundles of vouchers, correspondence
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe leasehold of Bestwood Park estate was granted by King Charles II to his mistress, Nell Gwynne, in 1681. The freehold was later conveyed to her by his brother James II and passed into the hands of her son Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St Albans, on her death in 1687. The estate passed down through successive generations of the Beauclerk family, Dukes of St Albans, and was held by them throughout the period covered by this collection.

The Pickworth estate formed part of the Beauclerk property at Redbourne, Lincolnshire, acquired by William Beauclerk, 8th Duke (1766-1822) through marriage to Charlotte, heiress to Sir John Nelthorpe, 5th Baronet.

The estates were managed by John Parkinson, agent from 1831 to 1839 to William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 9th Duke of St Albans. The bulk of the collection comprises his administrative papers.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was given to the Library in 1935.
DescriptionThe collection includes a few items concerning Bestwood Park and its letting, from 1785 to 1837, but the majority of papers relate to the accounts of John Parkinson as agent to the Duke from 1831 to 1839.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
MgtSubGroupEast Midland
ArrangementThe collection is divided into four sections comprising accounts, vouchers, correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Material is arranged chronologically within each section.
TermAdministration of estates - England - Lincolnshire
Administration of estates - England - Nottinghamshire
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 9 pp At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 9 pp Online: Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialTitle deeds, estate papers, family and household papers, for Redbourne, Lincolnshire, 1649-1918 at : Ref. Redbourne, 2 Redbourne

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA120Parkinson; John (fl 1830-1840); agent to Beauclerk Dukes of St Albansfl 1830-1840
NA120Parkinson; John (fl 1830-1840); agent to Beauclerk Dukes of St Albansfl 1830-1840
NA27272Beauclerk; William A. de Vere (1801-1849); 9th Duke of St Albans; styled Earl of Burford 1816-1825; succ. 18251801-1849
NA75744Beauclerk; family; Dukes of St Albans
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