These papers were purchased from a dealer in 1959 by Oxfordshire Archives, and given the Accession Number 357.
The papers previous history is unknown. The Ashhurst family can be traced back to Lincolnshire, A branch moved to Oxfordshire, and one of them, Sir Henry Ashhurst, BT., bought Waterstock manor in 1691. His son died childless in 1732, and the property descended to a cousin, Thomas Henry Ashhurst. The property Stayed in this family until the death of the last direct heir in 1949, when it passed to a nephew.
This collection of documents concerns chiefly William Henry Ashhurst (1778-1846), who was M.P. for the county in 1815-1830, and chairman of the Oxfordshire Quarter Sessions on 1822-1846, and his sons William Henry (d.1843), John Henry Ashhurst (1813-1885). There is also a document concerning William's father Sir William Henry Ashhurst (1725-1807), a prominent judge in his time.
The collection P145 was deposited by the Ashhurst family themselves.
Recatalogued in September 1994.
Burke's Landed Gentry (1937 ed.) p.57.
The Victoria County History of Oxfordshire Vol VII: Dorchester and Thame Hundreds (Oxford 1962), pp 220-224.