Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association

THE EARL, HIS DAUGHTER, HER BROTHER’S HOUSEKEEPER AND THE CAT: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE SHEFFIELD PARK ARCHIVES

Archives: The Journal of the British Records Association (2011), 36, (123-4), 62–78.

Abstract

This article reconstructs the means by which the archive of the Holroyd family of Sheffield Park, East Sussex, including papers of Frederick North, 2nd earl of Guilford, best known by the courtesy title that he bore for most of his adult life as Lord North, came to be dispersed. A series of losses, pilferings and sales (some dubious), culminated in an entirely proper but archivally disastrous auction, held in 1981 on the instructions of Mrs Kate Frances King (1899–1989) of The Cottage, Fletching, the village which stands at the gates of the park. The extraordinary descent of the archive was set in motion by the eccentric lifestyle of the third earl of Sheffield, Henry North Holroyd, who died without legitimate issue in 1909. The article concludes with a brief description of the 67 lots in the sale, with details of the whereabouts and references of those which can be traced.

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Waley, Daniel

Whittick, Christopher