Copthorne Archive: Winter 17-18
Into Into the Archive: We’ve received several Deeds recently, which make very interesting reading. Two from James Denman, dated 1888 and 1898, written in beautiful copperplate handwriting, relate to the transfer of land on Copthorne Bank in the parish of Burstow, in the County of Surrey (as it was before the boundary change), containing references of conveyance to previous owners in 1839 and 1852, with lovely coloured maps identifying the boundaries of the land.
Pam Norman has also shared several Deeds and Indentures – by co-incidence relating to adjacent land on Copthorne Bank – including the property known as ‘Southbank’ owned by her great-grandmother Amelia Potter, mortgages, transfer of land, release from mortgages, and details of Amelia’s Will at her death in 1936. These documents date from 1888, and we’re delighted to have them.
Apart from the interest in the ownership of the land, these documents all contain a fascinating amount of information about the people mentioned, i.e. full names, where they lived, their occupation, their signatures, etc. Interestingly, if the person was female they were identified as the wife of xxxx, or the daughter of xxxx!
These Deeds and Indentures have been carefully scanned and returned to their owners and we’ll start work on our copies to extract the information and place the people mentioned in the history of Copthorne, which will help to build up a picture of the village in the 19th century.
Please do get in touch if you have Deeds you would like to share.
Progress at the Archive: We welcome Judith to our team of volunteers doing various tasks with the Archive.
The carpenter has now finished building the shelving in the Hub loft, where we’ll store the Archive boxes. The cost was funded by a grant from West Sussex County Council.
Our team has been busy scanning and recording a huge quantity of documents and photos included in the book Copthorne, the story so far, plus some that didn’t make it into the book, and it’s great to finally include these in the Archive.
Are you new to the Village? Perhaps you’d like a copy of our book Copthorne, the story so far, it can be yours for £10 – produced by the Copthorne Village Millennium Group in 1999, the book contains over 200 fascinating pages of history and photographs of the village and its residents. Our CD ‘Copthorne Village History Archive CD (Vol 1)’ plus the Parish Map are also available, both £5.