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  • Title
    Wrest Park [Lucas] Archive
  • Admin/biog history
    Lady Lucas inherited the core of the Wrest Park Estate ultimately from Earl De Grey (1781-1859). He had inherited from his grandmoter, Jemima Marchioness Grey. Through her grandfather, she inherited Wrest from the mediaeval Greys (from 1465 Earls of Kent) and by way of the Caus family back to the Wahulls, who held Silsoe at the Conquest.
  • Accession numbers 1243-1245, 1290, 1323, 1465, 2068, 2521, 2890, 3246, 3903
  • Scope and Content
    The archive comprises the papers, deeds, maps etc held by Lady Lucas in about 1930, after the sale of the Wrest Park Estate 1917 onwards.
  • Archival history
    Major deposits were received from Lady Lucas by the Bedfordshire Record Office in 1936 and 1963. In 1993 the archive was given in lieu of death duties to the Government and is on long term loan with Bedfordshire Archives as the most appropriate repository for the archive. The archive is listed in 34 separate series, mainly arranged under subject headings. The main series of catalogues were started when the archives were deposited and much work was done in the 1950s.
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