Catalogue ReferenceD/EBG
TitleEstate papers of the Blagrave family of Reading and Tilehurst

ESTATE PAPERS: sale particulars of property in Whitley, Reading, 1831; correspondence re property in Shinfield, 1808-1811, and Tilehurst, 1754-1755; miscellaneous out-county papers, eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.

FAMILY & PERSONAL PAPERS: copy will of William Monk of Reading, 1675.

LEGAL RECORDS: brief in Coxeter vs Coxeter, Harris & Richardson.

TITLE DEEDS: Burghfield, 1720; Reading; 1673-1888; Shinfield, 13c.-1781; Stratfield Mortimer, 1720; Sulhamstead Abbots, 1720; Sulhamstead Bannister, 1720; Swallowfield, 1480-1627; Tilehurst, 1700/1-1902;
Out County: Silchester, Hants, 1690/1; Charlebury, Oxon, 1709; Rotherfield Peppard, Oxon, 1706/7; Winford and Kingston Seamoor, Somerset, 1777.
RepositoryBerkshire Record Office (code: GB 005)
Extent28 bdls, 34 docs
Admin HistoryThe Blagrave family of Southcote, Reading (and of Calcot Place, Tilehurst, from 1754), were substantial landowners in Reading. The records in this collection are all related to the estate, consisting principally of title deeds (including some fine medieval deeds for property in Shinfield) and leases of the Reading property. This seems generally to have been let out on long leases of 99 years determinable by three lives, and included a house let to the Reading printer, Robert Snare, and one occupied by the Revd Richard Valpy, the headmaster of Reading School in the early nineteenth century.

The last direct male descendant of the Blagraves, Henry G Blagrave, died in 1982.
AcquisitionPresented in June 1984 (acc. 3424)
Related MaterialLater records, again principally those of the estate, have been deposited separately, and are catalogued as D/EX1416. There are a few family papers, mainly wills, but the survival of the majority of these is unknown. For deeds of the settled estates, 1820, see R/D204/1/52.
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