Catalogue of Title Deeds relating to Bertie Family properties in Berkshire, Wiltshire and Manchester, 17th-20th cent.

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Title Deeds relating to Bertie Family properties in Berkshire, Wiltshire and Manchester, 17th-20th cent.

Title deeds relating to property of the Earls of Abingdon, mainly in Wiltshire and Manchester

Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 258, c. 974, d. 911

Extent: 3 Shelfmarks

The Bertie family's property in Wiltshire and Manchester

These papers relate in the first instance to a manor called Lavington Episcopi in Wiltshire (also known as Lavington Epi and Bishop's Lavington and now known as West Lavington) which came into the Bertie family (Earls of Abingdon) after being inherited by Elianora, Countess of Abingdon, wife of James the 1st earl, from her father Sir Henry Lee. The manor was leased from the Bishops of Salisbury and was held in trust by James for Elianora with the revenues raised from this property (among others) intended for the benefit of their younger children. The early eighteenth-century deeds reflect this, as the manor was mortgaged by Montagu, 2nd earl, and his brother James Bertie in order to meet the obligation of providing an inheritance for James Bertie when he reached his majority.

The properties in Withington and Fallowfield in Manchester, formerly owned by the Egerton family of Tatton, Cheshire, came into the Bertie family when in 1879 Anne Vernon Harcourt, who was related by marriage to the Berties, died. She had provided substantial mortgages to the properties' owners N.G. Pennington and T.E. Bridgen and bequeathed those mortgages to Lady Lavinia Louisa Bickersteth, daughter of Montagu, 6th Earl of Abingdon and his wife Elizabeth Vernon Harcourt. Montagu Arthur, the 7th earl, helped to manage them along with his brother the Reverend Alberic Edward Bertie until formally handing them into Lavinia's control in 1920.

Scope and Content

Title deeds, mainly mortgages and leases and court records. Mainly relating to the Bertie estates in West Lavington, Wiltshire and Withington and Fallowfield in Manchester.


Deposited by Withers Solicitors, 12 Gough Square, London via the British Records Association.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Dep. b. 258, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

See the Bertie family estate papers, 14th-20th cent.

Family names (NCA Rules)

Bertie | family | Earls of Abingdon

Place names (NCA Rules)

Bishop's Lavington | see West Lavington
Lavington Episcopi | see West Lavington
West Lavington | Wiltshire

Subjects (LCSH)

Deeds -- England -- Manchester
Deeds -- England -- Wiltshire

Descriptive List

Title deeds relating to Lavington Episcopi (West Lavington), Wiltshire, 1680-1700
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 911
Extent: 4 items (7 leaves)

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-3) Lease and release of the manor of Lavington Episcopi to Elianora Bertie (later Countess of Abingdon), 15-16 June 1680. Two items, each with five pendant seals in lead seal boxes (one seal box missing).
  • (fols. 4-5) An agreement between James, Earl of Abingdon and Catherine Venables to place Lavington Episcopi in trust for Elianora, Countess of Abingdon and thence to Montagu Bertie (son of James and Elianora) and his wife Anne (daughter of Catherine Venables), 8 Sept. 1688. One pendant seal in lead seal box.
  • (fols. 6-7) Copy of a codicil to the will of James, Earl of Abingdon, 28 July 1683, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 3 Feb. 1700.

Title deeds relating mainly to Lavington Episcopi, 1712-1890
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 258
Extent: 9 items (44 leaves)

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-15 and 17-21) Papers concerning mortgages on the manor of Lavington Episcopi.
  • (fol. 16) Lease of the Parsonage House of Lavington to William Barton for a term of 13 years at an annual rent of £380, with an extension of 4 years at an annual rent of £330, 4 Mar. 1735.
  • (fol. 22) Lease of the manor of Lavington Episcopi from the Bishop of Salisbury to the Earl of Abingdon, 3 Sept. 1747.
  • (fol. 23) Lease of the manor of Lavington Episcopi from the Bishop of Salisbury to the Earl of Suffolk and others, trustees of the will of the late Earl of Abingdon, 26 May 1764.
  • (fols. 24-7) Receipt for the trustees of the Earl of Abingdon's marriage settlement, 23 June 1842. With covering letter.
  • (fols. 28-44) Draft conveyance of a parcel of meadow land in South Hinksey, Berkshire from the Earl of Abingdon to Charles Gillman for the sum of £1516 17s 6d, 6 Aug. 1890. Includes a plan of the property.

Title deeds relating to properties in Withington and Fallowfield, Manchester, mainly 1858-1928, many including plans
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 974
Extent: 30 items (126 leaves)

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-10, 13-14, 17-40, 70-120) Leases and sales of properties in Withington and Fallowfield, Manchester, 1858-1920.
  • (fols. 11-12, 15-16, 41-69) Mortgages (and court papers relating to same) on properties in Withington and Fallowfield, 1865-1891.
  • (fols. 121-6) Probate Record of Lady Lavinia Louisa Bickersteth, 22 Nov. 1928, with attached letter from the Estate Duty Office of the Inland Revenue acknowledging the payment of Estate Duty upon the death of Arthur Montague Bertie, Earl of Abingdon, 27 Aug. 1958.

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