Scope and Content

Contains: subscriptions book 1907-1911; minutes concerning the formation of the Central Landowners' Association 1907-1908; minutes of Council 1919-1955, Executive Committee 1908-1958, Land Committee c1910; Central Landowners' Association and Scottish Land and Property Federation 1923; attendance books 1908-1952; reports of annual general meetings 1909-1913, 1940-1952; committee files 1946-1961; annual reports 1948-1951; rules and bylaws of the North Wales Landowners Union c1918; register of members 1920's; register of association 1932, 1938; legal opinions of court actions 1927-1938; circulars, pamphlets and articles of the Country Landowners Association 1886-1955; poster 1960; journal - The Country Landowner Jubilee edition 1957; audio recording of speeches made at the Country Landonwers Association jubillee dinner 1957; negatives concerning shooting n.d.; photographs of Lord Bledisloe 1956-1957; history of the Country Landowners Association 1907-1947; papers concerning Lord Bledisloe's address to the British Association 1922; council members badges and Governor's Lady's Badge belonging to Lord Bedisloe c1950

Administrative / Biographical History

The Country Landowners Association was founded in 1907 under the name of the Central Land Association. The name was changed to the Central Landowners' Association in 1918 and finally to the Country Landowners Association in 1949. The aim of the CLA was to represent and protect the interests of the agricultural landowner. It had county branches each of which had a committee. By 1921 there were 33 branches throughout England and Wales and CLA membership was at 4000. By 1945 this had risen to 10365 and by its jubilee year in 1957 the CLA had nearly 32000 members.

Charles Viscount Bledisloe was born on 21 September 1867. He was a founder member of the Central Landowners' Association and later its President (1921-1922). He had a very active career in agriculture and politics and amongst the many offices that he held were those of Governor General of New Zealand (1930-1935) and President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (1946). He died on 3 July 1958.


AC Accounts

AC9/1 Subscriptions Book

AD Administrative and Commercial Records

AD1/1-41 Minutes

AD2/1-3 Attendance Books

AD2/4-7 Reports

AD2/8-47 Files

AD2/48-50 Annual Reports

AD6 Branch Records

CO Legal Records of Companies and Businesses

CO1/1-3 Register and Rules

CO7/1-9 Legal Opinions

P Publications, Promotions and Advertising Records

P2/A1-11 Publications

P3/1 Posters

P4/A1 Journal

P6/1 Tape Recording

P8/1-2 Paste-Ups

PH Internal Photographic Records

PH3/1 Photographs

SP Social and Personal Records

SP1/1-2 Histories

SP2/1-6 Records of Events

SP4/1 Badges

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Records deposited in 1973 and 1983. Accession numbers S73/2 and DX113


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 19 December 2002

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